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Ashley Coleman Taylor


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Emory University

Assistant Professor, CWGS and Religious Studies
Ashley Coleman Taylor

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Black Feminism | Black Genders and Sexualities | Queer of Color Critique | Philosophical Pragmatism | Africana Religions | Puerto Rican Studies | Black/Feminist Geographies | Queer South

Courses


WGS F303 • Intro To Lgbtq Studies-Wb

83995 • Summer 2021
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM
Internet; Synchronous
CDWr

Explores concepts of gender and sexuality, race, class, religion, and nation; as well as skills in theory, history, and research methods relevant to LGBTQ studies. The course will also survey the making of modern understandings of sexual and LGBTQ identities in the last one hundred years and the implications of this history for broader understandings of gender and sexuality.

AFR 370 • Afr Religion In New World-Wb

31169 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as LAS 322, R S 361)

Often interpreted as witchcraft, superstition, or paganism, Africana religions remain some of the most misunderstood traditions in the Americas. In this course, we will explore the contributions of scholars and artists who engage African diaspora religions in their work through multiple conceptual approaches. The course focus includes topics such as ritual and material culture, corporeality and aesthetics, cosmology and philosophy, and decolonization and sovereignty within the traditions. Students can expect to gain an understanding of Kongo, Vodun, and Yoruba-based traditions across the Americas and the Caribbean as well as U.S. conjure culture.

R S 361 • Race, Gender, Sex, Religion-Wb

43290 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous

How did religion form and inform our contemporary ideas of race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and sex? For centuries, religion has been one of the primary tools of ideological oppression in the development of the American project. This course uses an intersectional feminist framework to examine the construction and maintenance of normative categories of race, gender, sex, and sexuality within U.S. religious discourse. We will explore 19th and 20th century understandings of “proper” social order, scientific racism, and the invention of the “homosexual" through the lens of "religion." The readings will wrestle with the roles of both of the practice and the study of religion in the creation of the contemporary social hierarchy rooted in the control and subjugation of women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people, and disabled people. 

WGS 303 • Intro To Lgbtq Studies-Wb

44380 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
CDWr

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

DESCRIPTION:
Explores concepts of gender and sexuality, race, class, religion, and nation; as well as skills in theory, history, and research methods relevant to LGBTQ studies. The course will also survey the making of modern understandings of sexual and LGBTQ identities in the last one hundred years and the implications of this history for broader understandings of gender and sexuality.

WGS 356 • Intro To Feminst Rsch Mthds-Wb

44560 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous
EIIWr

Introduction to feminist research methods across a range of traditional disciplines. Designed to prepare students to analyze research within gender studies and to develop their own research skills.

AFR 374E • Afr Religion In New World

30748 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 206
GC (also listed as LAS 322, R S 366)

Often interpreted as witchcraft, superstition, or paganism, African diaspora religions remain some of the most misunderstood traditions in the Americas. Although social scientists, philosophers, literary studies scholars, historians and religionists have contributed to the transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological foundation of the field, the traditions persist as an understudied element within larger religious studies discourse. In this course, we will explore the contributions of scholars and artists who engage African diaspora religions in their work through multiple conceptual approaches. The course focus includes topics such as ritual and material culture, corporeality and aesthetics, cosmology and philosophy, and decolonization and sovereignty within the traditions. Students can expect to gain an understanding of Kongo, Vodun, and Yoruba-based traditions across the Americas and the Caribbean as well as U.S. conjure culture.

WGS 303 • Introduction To Lgbtq Studies

44725 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GDC 2.402
CDWr

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

DESCRIPTION:
Explores concepts of gender and sexuality, race, class, religion, and nation; as well as skills in theory, history, and research methods relevant to LGBTQ studies. The course will also survey the making of modern understandings of sexual and LGBTQ identities in the last one hundred years and the implications of this history for broader understandings of gender and sexuality.

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