LATS 475
Dreaming Latina/x Feminist Disability Studies Spring 2025
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 475 / AMST 413

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In this course we will defy the traditional notion that disabled and queer people of color have no right to future dreams, as we collectively imagine how the emergent field of Latina/x feminist disability studies might take shape. What are the sites of focus, methods, and political commitments of Latina/x feminist disability studies? Where is the power in meaningfully uniting an analysis of disability to one of sexuality and gendered Latinidad? How does a Latina/x-centric approach productively inform our understanding of disability? What is the political potential of Latina/x feminist disability studies — not exclusively as a set of theories, but also as a mindset and an everyday call to action? If we were to collectively compose a manifesto for Latina/x feminist disability studies, what might it contain? How might we actively cultivate a community of care in the classroom as well as other spaces at Williams? Just what might Latina/x feminist disability justice dreams look like? How might Latina/x feminist disability justice dreams feel? Feminist, queer, and disabled crip-of-color scholars have recently called for a more meaningful engagement with race in feminist disability studies. Simultaneously, we have also witnessed a small but steady growth in the amount of Latinx studies scholarship that thoughtfully integrates questions of disability. This interdisciplinary course responds to these important shifts in its focus on a series of topics bridging Latinx studies, gender studies, queer studies, crip studies, and critical disability studies. These include but are not limited to the body, the environment, temporality, labor, citizenship, dependency, and visibility/invisibility. Through these topics, we will explore the ways in which the different approaches to these specific issues across Latinx, critical disability, crip, queer and gender studies are in fruitful conversation with one another — and sometimes even at odds — as we actively interrogate the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability within the everyday.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3505
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Major assignments for this course include a semester-long independent research paper (15-20 pages) broken up into steps, participation in crafting the class manifesto, a semester-long collaborative artistic exercise, and a final reflection document (3-4 pages).
Prerequisites: None.
Enrollment Preferences: Priority given to LATS concentrators by seniority, followed by WGSS and AMST majors by seniority.
Materials/Lab Fee: Lab fee: $200 for art supplies per student
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 475 Division II LATS 475 Division II AMST 413 Division II
WS Notes: We focus on building writing and interdisciplinary research skills, with a particular emphasis on the processes of research, revision, and collaborative writing. The primary research paper (an independent project of 15-20 pages) is divided into stages, and students are required to revise and resubmit their work at various junctures in the research process. The written class manifesto requires students to compose a document together, revising their work as a group over the course of the semester.
DPE Notes: This course privileges an intersectional analysis regarding questions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability. It obligates students to consider how these categories of different actively work in tandem with one another in everyday US Latina/x and transnational (US-Latin America and the Caribbean) contexts. This seminar also underscores how these categories of difference are actually products of a given historical and political moment.
Attributes: LATS 400-level Seminars

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