WMST UN1001 Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies
Days and times: Tu/Th 11:40am-12:55pm
Call number: 67958
Instructor: Laura Ciolkowski/Deborah Valenze
Description: An interdisciplinary introduction to key concepts and analytical categories in women’s and gender studies. This course grapples with gender in its complex intersection with other systems of power and inequality, including: sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and nation. Topics include: feminisms, feminist and queer theory, commodity culture, violence, science and technology, visual cultures, work, and family.
WMST UN3335 Gender and Wars: Perspectives from the Global South
Days and times: W 10:10am-12pm
Call number: 92397
Instructor: Selina Makana
Description: Wars are salient features of globalization. But, how can we understand the relationship between gender and war? How do notions of masculinities and femininities operate in the organizing, waging, protesting, and commemorating war? Starting from the premise that gender is crucial to explaining what happens in national revolutionary wars, postcolonial conflicts and civil wars, peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions, and the social and personal aspects when wars come to an end; this course considers a transnational feminist analysis to reflect on the relationship between gender and militarism. It pulls together literature from different disciplinary fields to explore the gendered dimensions of wars of national liberation, armed conflicts, wartime gender based/sexual violence, politics of victimhood, anti-war activism, resistance and agency. We will pay particular attention to case studies from the global South.
The gendered analyses of war will be explored from a multi-disciplinary framework including history, anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, philosophy, literature and film. We will utilize film, journalistic accounts, ethnographic narratives and other resources to explore the complex ways in which people, especially men and women experience and respond to wars differently.
WMST UN3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions
Days and times: W 2:10pm-4pm
Call number: 61229
Instructor: Saidiya Hartman
Description: This course will provide students with a comparative perspective on gender, race, and sexuality by illuminating historically specific and culturally distinct conditions in which these systems of power have operated across time and space. In particular, the course seeks to show how gender has not always been a binary or primary category system. Such approach is also useful in understanding the workings of race and sexuality as mechanisms of differentiation. In making these inquiries, the course will pay attention to the intersectional nature of race, gender, and sexuality and to strategic performances of identity by marginalized groups.
WMST GU4000 Genealogies of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Rights (sec 001)
Days and times: Tu 2:10pm-4pm
Call number: 75830
Instructor: Lila Abu-Lughod
Description: The field of human rights, and the adjacent field of international women’s rights, have tended to be dominated by activists, lawyers, and policy-makers, many of whom leave unquestioned the underlying assumptions of the discourse of rights and leave unexamined the structural and institutional circuits of rights policy and practice. Those concerned with gender equity have been eager to extend the discourse of human rights to encompass women’s rights and sexual rights. Yet they too have only begun to think critically about the conceptual pitfalls and global circuitry of this form of politics. As some social thinkers note, both sides of the term “human rights” are ripe for critical rethinking: the universality implied by the “human”—and by extension “women” or “sexuality”–and the liberalism that makes “rights” the language of choice today in the search for justice. Although those working in multicultural settings or the international arena often invoke notions of culture, especially in framing dilemmas of intervention in terms of a clash between cultures and universal rights, it is important first to have the theoretical tools to develop adequate understandings of the dynamics of culture and the relationship between culture, social systems, and historical change.
This course will explore what theories of culture and ethnographies of particular communities, as well as other forms of regional knowledges, including the historical, have contributed to the development of thinking about the relationship between gender, rights. and culture. While appreciating the instrumental power and emancipatory possibilities of rights discourses in the sphere of gender and sexuality, whether around inequality or violence, it is also crucial to reflect on the recent challenges to this paradigm posed by questioning governmentality. This course requires instructor permission. Priority will be given to graduate students, including those fulfilling the requirements for the IRWGS graduate certificate. Qualified advanced undergraduates may apply for admission but are not guaranteed a place.
WMST GU4000 Genealogies of Feminism: Labor and Life (sec 002)
Days and times: Th 2:10pm-4pm
Call number: 60925
Instructor: Neferti Xina Tadiar
Description: This advanced seminar examines materialist conceptions of labor and life as approached through feminist, anti-racist, queer, postcolonial, indigenous, and marxist perspectives. We will trace the ways that labor and life as well as their constitutive relations have been understood in historical and contemporary radical critiques of capitalism, with a focus on gender, race, sexuality and dispossession as analytical categories for understanding their shifting roles in structures and practices of social reproduction, the production and expropriation of value, the logic and exercise of violence, the organization of sociality and culture, and the practice and imagination of freedom, justice, and new forms and potentials of collective existence. Finally we will consider the limits and possibilities of different conceptions of “material life” for understanding politics today.
WMST GU4165 The Sexual Difference of Psychoanalysis
Days and times: Th 4:10pm-6pm
Instructor: Marcus Coelen
Description: Psychoanalysis makes a difference.
This difference is both at its most fragile and most flagrant when it comes to sexuality. Since its invention by Freud, psychoanalysis may be seen as a place where sexuality, the difference that it makes in respect to any other determination of the “human”—philosophical, social, historical, or scientific—as well as the difference and differences that occur with and as the sexual, can invent their own language or speak in their own voice. And it cannot be excluded that these, language, voice, and speaking, appear in the name of a criticism or refusal of the very concepts linked to “sexual difference.”
This seminar presents an occasion to read or reread some of the classical psychoanalytic texts on sex, sexuality, sexual difference, and sexuation as well as their commentaries, criticisms, or refutations.
The French contributions to this complex since the 1960s, coming from psychoanalysis as well as from philosophy and literature, have been extremely rich. Therefore, particular attention will be paid to some of these contributions.
WMST GU4506 Gender Justice
Days and times: M 2:10pm-4pm
Call number: 70748
Instructor: Katherine Franke
Description: This course will provide an introduction to the concrete legal contexts in which issues of gender and justice have been articulated, disputed and hesitatingly, if not provisionally, resolved. Readings will cover issues such as Workplace Equality, Sexual Harassment, Sex Role Stereotyping, Work/Family Conflict, Marriage and Alternatives to Marriage, Compulsory Masculinity, Parenting, Domestic Violence, Reproduction and Pregnancy, Rape, Sex Work & Trafficking. Through these readings we will explore the multiple ways in which the law has contended with sexual difference, gender-based stereotypes, and the meaning of equality in domestic, transnational and international contexts. So too, we will discuss how feminist theorists have thought about sex, gender and sexuality in understanding and critiquing our legal system and its norms.For more information, go to: http://web.law.columbia.edu/gender-sexuality/faculty/katherine-franke/gender-justice.
WMST GR8001 Feminist Pedagogy
Days and times: Tu 6:10-8:10pm
Call number: 62211
Instructor: Marianne Hirsch
Description: This is a course is oriented to graduate students who are thinking about issues in teaching in the near and distant future and want to explore issues related to pedagogy. The course will ask what it means to teach “as a feminist” and will explore how to create a classroom receptive to feminist and queer methodologies and theories regardless of course theme/content. Topics include: the role of political engagement, the gender dynamics of the classroom, and modes of critical thought and disagreement. Discussions can be oriented around student interest. The course will meet several times a month (dates TBD) and the final assignment is to develop a syllabus for a new gender/sexuality course in your field. Because this course is required for graduate students choosing to fulfill Option 2 for the Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies at IRWGS, priority will be given to graduate students completing the certificate.
This course does not meet weekly. There will be 4 – 5 sessions over the course of the semester, exact dates TBA.