AFR 306 Spring 2013 Queer of Color Critique (D)

Cross Listed as AMST306, LATS306, WGSS306
This advanced seminar introduces students to queer of color critique, a mode of queer theory emphasizing diverse experiences, geographies, and epistemologies that also foregrounds the intersection of sexual and racial constructs. We will examine the history of this line of critique, exploring how and why it became a necessary intervention into the then still emerging field of queer studies. In addition to theoretical works, we also examine literary and cinematic works that exemplify and enact queer of color critique. We will read major works by those individuals who established the discipline, thereby surveying works from a variety of fields including critical race studies, literary theory, anthropology, feminist/womanist studies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, and others. Much of this early work in queer of color critique is North American in context, but we will also explore more recent scholarship that deals with transnational contexts and applications and examine how queer of color critique contributed to the emergence of transnational queer studies. A key feature of this course will be its uniquely dialogic structure that will allow a variety of diverse authors and artists to appear virtually to answer questions about their published work as well as some emerging scholars in the field who will share their experiences finding their way into this area of study and how they developed research and artistic projects. This course meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it focuses on empathetic understanding, power and privilege, and critical theorization, especially in relation class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity in both the US and global comparative contexts.
Class Format: discussion/lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance at first class is mandatory, participation, online forum, three short papers synthesizing readings and course materials, and a final research paper (8-10 pages)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: WGSS majors, students considering a WGSS major
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: WGSS Feminist Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3913
AFR306-01(S) LEC Queer of Color Critique (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Gregory C. Mitchell
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Weston 031 3913
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