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Fall 2019 Graduate Courses

Recommended Graduate Courses in LGBTQ Studies (Fall 2019)

The following list is designed to help students identify courses in LGBTQ Studies that would be useful both for those pursuing the LGBTQ Studies Graduate Portfolio Track and for those with a general interest in the area.  

LGBTQ Studies Graduate Portfolio requires the completion of 4 courses that fall within the LGBTQ Studies subject area, with 2 of those courses from outside student's home department.

This is not an exhaustive list of the courses that might count towards the Graduate Portfolio. For those who are pursuing the Portfolio, there may be additional courses that qualify. To request approval for courses not listed, please contact LGBTQ Studies Director, Lisa Moore, or Program Coordinator, Grayson Hunt.

This list replaces the Pink Book used in previous semesters. Please check back regularly for updates.


WGS 391 • Feminist Theories

44910 • González-López, Gloria
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM RLP 0.108

Description: Restricted to students in the WGS MA Program. This course introduces students to feminist theory as it intersects with race, nation, and sexuality. Since this is an introductory course, we will not explore feminist theory in all its incarnations. Rather than charting the historical development of a single body of knowledge called feminism, the class will read contemporary work by women that deals with questions of representation, reproduction, labor, transnationalism, and colonialism. Each week we will unpack one primary text with the intent of understanding the circumstances of its production, its significance, and how it can help us think about our own work.

MAS 392 • Queer Migrations

39705 • Chávez, Karma
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GWB 1.130

Description: Please check back for updates.

WGS 393 • Black Women's Intellectual History

44915 • Farmer, Ashley
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as AFR 381, HIS 392)

Description: The goal of this course is to explore the historiography of black women’s thought from Early America to the present day. Throughout the course, we will trace the ideological continuities and disjunctures in the texts black women across the African Diaspora have produced. We will also engage with a range of scholars in order to address how historians have approached the intersections of women, gender, sexuality and black thought.

WGS 393 • Poetics/Politics Of Violence

44945 • Dominguez-Ruvalcaba, Héctor
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM BEN 1.106
(also listed as ILA 387, LAS 381)

Description: The objective of this seminar is to study the most important aesthetic currents in Latin America that have focused on the representation of different forms of violence, from the second half of twentieth century to the beginning of twenty-first century. In turn, the seminar will analyze various intellectual and political debates regarding violence on the continent. Questions related to the relationship between politics and cultural production, political violence and the Cold War, neoliberal politics and criminal organizations, gender and sexuality violence, patriarchal institutions, and the politics of the body will be proposed as subjects of enquiry. It is relevant for this course to define the paradigms through which Spanish American creators and intellectuals interpret violence in the context of cold war and neoliberal economy and its implicit forms of oppression, people's control, and cultural expressions. That is, our main point of inquiry is how the different expressions of violence have been determinant in the articulation of various aesthetic expression forms: testimonio, crónica, performance, hip hop, soap operas, narco-series, etcetera. The topics this seminar will address are: Colombia's literatura de la violencia, dirty war in the Southern Cone, Central American guerrillas, 1968 and the political violence in Mexico, racial conflicts in indigenous and afro-descendant populations, narco-culture, and homophobic and misogynist violence.

ANT 391 • Anthropology Between Cultural and Social

31270 • Merabet, Sofian
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM SAC 5.124

Description: Based on book publications by faculty members of the UT Anthropology Department, this graduate seminar explores some of the current debates in the US surrounding the anthropological study of culture and society. How can we make sense of sociocultural anthropology as an academic discipline today? is the central question of this course. Problematizing whether and, if so, how area studies have played a role in shaping the idea of the “field,” we will look at location and positionality as a principal site of epistemological limitation and possibility for anthropological research.

WGS 393 • Staging Black Feminism

44965 • Thompson, Lisa
Meets T 11:00AM-2:00PM GDC 2.402
(also listed as AFR 388, AMS 391, T D 387D)

Description: This graduate course considers the feminist practices of black women cultural producers including filmmakers, playwrights, visual artists, musicians, and performance artists. Besides engaging with primary materials, we will draw on black feminist scholarly texts in order to explore such topics as black womanhood, the black female body, black histories, sexuality, politics and aging. We will trace the genealogy of black feminist artistic practices and performances from the 1950s to the present. We will explore the ways that their work challenges the male gaze, the capitalist market place, heteronormativity and racial hierarchies. Some of the artists under consideration include: Julie Dash, Kara Walker, Valerie June, Ava DuVernay, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lorraine O’Grady, Tanya Hamilton, Carrie Mae Weems, Tina Turner, Anna Deavere Smith, Diana Ross, Lynn Nottage, Kasi Lemmons, Lorna Simpson, Issa Rae, and Adrienne Kennedy.

WGS 393 • Weak Theory

44975 • Bennett, Chad
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM CAL 323
(also listed as E 396L)

Description: This seminar will survey the varying theoretical approaches associated with what has been called “weak theory,” including reparative reading, post-critique, distant reading, surface reading, thin description, and new formalism. Our effort will be to track affinities among this array of methods while remaining alert to the different motivations and stakes at work in their interests in the provisional and the probable rather than the strong or totalizing. Reading will include work by Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Rita Felski, Sianne Ngai, Sharon Marcus, Stephen Best, Heather Love, Paul K. Saint-Amour, and others, as well as skeptical or oppositional responses to this work. In what ways does weak theory speak to, challenge, or baffle strong theories? To what extent does weak theory actually depend upon and perhaps quietly replicate strong theories? How can weak theory help us to reimagine power and to consider the limits and affordances of forms of suspended agency? How might weak theory promote a more expansive sense of canon, objects of study, and aesthetic categories? As we pose such questions of foundational and recent texts associated with weak theory, our aim will be to test the potential of weak theories for our own scholarly projects.