ENGL 243
Chemical Intimacies Fall 2018 Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity; Cross-listed as ENGL243 / WGSS233 / ARTH243 / SCST233

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This is a research seminar that understands human-chemical entanglement in relationship to environment, sexuality, geography, ecology, and capacity. It doubles as a research class in which students choose a project of chemical intimacy to investigate as their own through the course of the semester. In the first half, we will together read and discuss forms of human-chemical entanglement, whether a matter of industrial pollution, pharmaceutical use, habitual intoxication, gendered self-care or enhancement, or built environment; the goal is to achieve a broad sensibility for the concept as well as a familiarity with thinking biochemically and biopolitically about living bodies, while consistently registering questions of race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, and more. In the second half, each participant will choose and research a historically and geopolitically specific scenario of chemical entanglement, while 1) considering the political, legal, cultural, and labor contexts of the case; 2) exploring relationships between “actual” and “represented” (protest slogans or visual productions in the case of environmental justice activism, for example); 3) examining other research questions germane to their site of interest and their chosen discipline of study. We will take one field trip to a local site.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1485
Requirements/Evaluation: individual research project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, Art History majors, English majors, Environmental Studies majors
Distributions: Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS OR SCST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH or ENGL. DPE: The course gives special attention to forms of human-chemical entanglement that are related to environmental justice (pollution), and gender, racial, sexual, indigenous, and disability politics.
Attributes: WGSS Theory Courses

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  • ENGL 243 - 01 (F) SEM Chemical Intimacies
    ENGL 243 - 01 (F) SEM Chemical Intimacies
    Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity;
    Mel Y. Chen
    M 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Hollander 140

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