I wanted to let you all know about the graduate seminar I will be teaching in the spring. I am really looking forward to it!
Here is the information:
GWSS 8190: Feminist and Queer Explorations in Troublemaking, Wednesdays 2-4:30
What are the political and ethical possibilities for making trouble? How have selves or communities made trouble in effective ways? What would it mean to think about troublemaking as a virtue? What are the limits of troublemaking? What are the links between troublemaking and feminist theoretical activism? Radical democracy? Queer theory and practice? Humor? Critical thinking and philosophy?
In this graduate seminar, we will explore all of these questions (and more) as we closely examine the nature and practice of troublemaking. We will begin by examining the specific ways that troublemaking as a practice and a troublemaker as a label have been used to dismiss and deem improper or deviant the theories, experiences, and activities of individuals and communities who challenge the status quo and/or work for social justice. We will closely examine how troublemaking and the troublemaker are represented and performed within specific social contexts and how race, class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity shape our understandings (and evaluations) of them. Then, we will critically explore the ethical and political potential of troublemaking, both as a practice and as an attitude/quality of character. In particular, we will look at how making trouble functions in a wide range of feminist and queer theoretical, political and ethical projects of transgression and transformation. While this course will draw upon a wide range of disciplines and methodologies, we will give particular attention to troublemaking in philosophical and ethical contexts. Some of the authors we will be reading include: Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Kate Bornstein, bell hooks, Cornel West, Chantal Mouffe, Luce Irigaray, Dorothy Allison, María Lugones, Chelá Sandoval, Audre Lorde, Cynthia Willett and Lisa Tessman.
WSAC friends and allies: Welcome back to another year with WSAC!
We are having many exciting plans for this spring including… a performance piece called Monday Night In Westerbork by S.Bergman (Feb 25), film series focusing on Consumerism, a five step series Feminist Self-Defense training with FEMA (Mar 26- Apr 23), International Women’s Day celebration (Mar 15), an event with speakers interrelating Feminism and Disability, our annual Revolutionary Art Thing with workshops and performances with the Poetic Assassins and MORE!!!
Thinking of joining WSAC? You should! Come to our first meeting on Wednesday Jan 30th at 12.30 pm. We will also have some open houses in a near future that you also can attend to learn more about us.
Thanks for your support!
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