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WGSS 346
Queer in the City Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AFR 337 / WGSS 346 / AMST 337

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In this course we will examine the various ways scholars and filmmakers have used ethnography as a critical tool for understanding the intersections of race, place, space, gender and sexuality. We will foreground studies that examine unfamiliar sites of Black struggle, resistance, and survival. We will examine Black gender variant and sexual minorities and how they produce, reproduce and struggle for spaces and places of desire, community, pleasure, love, and loss. We will explore these stories through primarily ethnographic modalities. We will discuss the political and ethical ramifications of these ethnographic narratives paying particular attention to the usefulness and limitations of both ‘Thin’ and ‘Thick’ descriptions. We will use ethnography to center debates regarding the politics of representation of racialized queer space, place, and people through both filmic and written accounts. All students will be asked to discover and develop their ethnographic voices through various critical, creative, experimental and performative assignments.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3961
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: facilitated class discussion; weekly critical response papers; creative projects
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS majors; students may be asked to write a short statement of interest in the event of over-enrollment
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 337 Division II WGSS 346 Division II AMST 337 Division II
DPE Notes: Course directly discusses structural oppression, forms of inequality, and social redress through the intersecting matrices of race, gender, sexuality and other ontological forms.
Attributes: FMST Core Courses
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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