STS 233
Chemical Intimacies
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTH 243 / ENGL 243 / WGSS 233
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 2034
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: individual research project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, Art History majors, English majors, Environmental Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 243 Division I ENGL 243 Division I WGSS 233 Division II STS 233 Division II
DPE Notes: 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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