1. In order to help you start thinking about your final project, you should post one blog entry about your project before spring break (by 3.8). This post should serve both as a way to document your preliminary thoughts on the project and as an opportunity to get feedback from the rest of the class. Shortly after spring break (the week of March 28- April 1, you will need to set up a time to meet with me to discuss your project. I will distribute a sign-up sheet soon.
2. Come here Melody speak at the Feminist Spring Colloquium:
Presentation: "Frontin' Gangstas, Getting Down With Thyself: Hip Hop, Sexuality, and Feminism in Afrodite Superstar
Date: Friday, February 18 Time: 2:00pm
Location: 400 Ford Hall, East Bank
The topic for today's discussion is: Norms, Normativity and Aspiration
One goal that I have for our discussion of J Butler, J Jakobsen, D Taylor and R Ferguson is to disentangle norms from normal, normativity and normalization.
- What do these different terms mean?
- How are they connected in a network of relations (Ferguson) or through "working alliances" (Jakobsen)?
- How do they become conflated? Intertwined?
- What are the implications of paying attention to how these terms function differently for queer/ing ethics projects?
- What do norms do? Can we imagine other ways of using them? Are norms necessary for ethics?
- Do developing normative constructions/regulations/understandings of how to behave properly (how to be good, as opposed to bad) = ethics/morality?