Histories of Sodomy
Igor De Souza | W 1.30-3.20
Exploration of the construction of sodomy as religious (sin and transgression), legal (socially-disapproved sexual practices), and social (anxieties around masculinity, desire, and sexuality) categories. Topics include pederasty (same-sex relations) in ancient Greece and its relevance to modern sexual norms, medieval sources on sodomy in Christendom, Islam, and Judaism, the social world of sodomy in the Italian Renaissance, the persecution of sodomy by the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, and sodomy in contemporary America.
Ana Ramos-Zayas | TH 1.30-3.20
Consideration of ethnography within the genealogy and intellectual traditions of Latinx Studies. Topics include: questions of knowledge production and epistemological traditions in Latin America and U.S. Latino communities; conceptions of migration, transnationalism, and space; perspectives on “(il)legality” and criminalization; labor, wealth, and class identities; contextual understandings of gender and sexuality; theorizations of affect and intimate lives; and the politics of race and inequality under white liberalism and conservatism in the United States.
Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East
Eda Pepi | T 3.30-5.20
Examination of the gendered and sexual dimensions of war, conflict, and partition, and the codification of modern citizenship in the Middle East—from Syria, to the Middle East conflict, to Western Sahara, among others—this course presents ethnographic, historical, and literary scholarship that theorizes the role of kinship and citizenship in narratives of the nation and sovereignty.
Gender and Transgender
Greta LaFleur | TTh 11.35-12.50
Introduction to transgender studies, an emergent field that draws on gender studies, queer theory, sociology, feminist science studies, literary studies, and history. Representations of gender nonconformity in a cultural context dominated by a two-sex model of human gender differentiation. Sources include novels, autobiographies, films, and philosophy and criticism.
Sex, Knowledge, and Power
Inderpal Grewal and Joe Fischel | MW 10.30-11.20
Issues related to sex and gender within and across scholarship on political economy, contract theory, Marxism, socialist feminism, neoliberalism, poststructuralism, development and capability studies, and popular culture. Feminist and critical-theoretical approaches to value, private property, scarcity, accumulation, wealth, and poverty.