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February 20, 2009

Revised Syllabus

Here is the Revised Syllabus that I passed out in class this past Wednesday.

February 19, 2009

How to Blog and Upload Files


1. Go to U Think.
2. Click on Login to UThink
3. Put in your user id (ex: puot0002) and password
4. You are now on the moveable type page. You should find a link to our class. Click on GWSS 8190 (not the URL but the other link). If you do not have a link to our class, please email me and I will add you as an author.
5. Click on “new entry” (it is on the top right hand side under posting).
6. Type in your entry. Scroll down to the bottom and hit save. You're done!


1. Start at the moveable type page for GWSS 8190 (see #4 above).
2. Click on “upload file” (it is on the top right hand side and two down from “new entry”)
3. Click on choose file and select the file you want to download. Then click on upload at the bottom of the page.
4. Click on create a new entry with this file. You should now have a new entry with this link in it. You can add additional text if you would like. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit save.

Note: Here is what the link looks like in HTML on your entry:
<a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/puot0002/gwss8190/locatingtraitorousids.pdf">Download file</a>

You can keep it like this or you can change the text, Download file, to the title you want to give your entry:

<a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/puot0002/gwss8190/locatingtraitorousids.pdf">Locating Traitorous Identities</a>

February 12, 2009

Some things to think about as you are reading...

To help facilitate our discussion of the readings and to keep it focused on the topic of troublemaking, I thought I would provide you with some guiding questions.

I have italicized the questions that I think are particularly important for our thinking about how troublemaking functions within these different texts.

Basic Questions of Content: APPRECIATION

1. What forms of troublemaking are articulated in this book/reading?
2. Are these forms individual or community acts? Are they public or private?
3. What is the larger vision: To disrupt the system? To transform it? To create a new system? To integrate abjects/Others/troublemakers into the system? Something else?
4. What is the relationship between troublemaking and other ethical and political actions/attitudes? Is it the project or is it the first step in a larger project? Is it done at the same time as other actions? Before? After?
5. Where is this troublemaking happening? Inside? Outside? Betwixt and between?
6. Who is doing the troublemaking and what is their position within the system—what kind of subjectivity do they have? What is their relationship to dominant systems of power and privilege? What communities are they operating from within?

Critical Engagement with the Text: CRITIQUE

1. Is the form of troublemaking “productive??
2. What do you mean by “productive??
3. What are the possibilities for this form of troublemaking?
4. What are the limits?
5. Are the types of troublemaking articulated in this reading helpful or harmful to the individual/community engaged in them? What are the physical/spiritual/emotional/psychic consequences of the troublemaking on those individuals/communities?
6. Does the troublemaking further the goals of the troublemaker/s? Why/why not?

Application of these ideas: CONSTRUCTION

1. How does this form of troublemaking work in “practice??
2. In what contexts is it effective?
3. Can it be “translated??
4. How does it connect with your own work and thinking about the limits and/or possibilities of troublemaking?