WGSS 412
Graphic Sex: Queer Ethnographic Writing Spring 2018
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed WGSS 412 / ANTH 412
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This seminar examines recent and canonical work in queer anthropology, exploring how different cultures construct sexual and gender identities and subjectivities, and what happens when dominant paradigms such as the Euro-American LGBT model become enmeshed in globalization, late capitalism, and consumerism. We begin with a series of case studies highlighting alternative gender and sexual formations in various cultures around the world, emphasizing how these seemingly “authentic” local categories are themselves the products of historical shifts, colonial relations, and political economy. We also examine how these categories overlap, conflict with, subvert, or syncretize with the increasingly global category of “gay.” In addition to reading queer ethnographies, we will also learn the methods required for doing ethnography ourselves, including interviewing techniques, participant observation, writing thick description, data analysis, and editing.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3548
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: ethnographic writing assignments (e.g., interviews, field notes, essays, etc.)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors and others with substantial background in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies or Anthropology and Sociology Studies, statements of interest will be solicited
Unit Notes: WGSS junior/senior seminar
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 412 Division II ANTH 412 Division II

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