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Spring 2020 Graduate Courses

Recommended Graduate Courses in LGBTQ Studies (Spring 2020)

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 Associate Director, Grayson Hunt.

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


LAS 381 • Queer Cinema in Latin America & Spain

44100 • Jorge Pérez • T 9AM-12PM • BEN 1.118 • Also listed as ILA 387

Description: In this course, we will focus on films produced within Latin America and Spain that have been received as examples of queer cinema by transnational spectators and/or critics. We will reflect upon what makes a particular film “queer” and what role film production, distribution, and exhibition have in the process. We will also question if the notion of “queer” and “queer cinema” can (or cannot) be applied to the contexts of film production in Latin America and Spain, and what kind of political project that entails. We will examine constructions of sexuality, gender, race, and nation (and how they intersectionally interact) in a variety of films and explore how transnational queer cinemas can both participate in and resist dominant ideas about these constructions. Students will learn (though some might already be familiar with it) to incorporate formal film analysis into an analysis of the politics of cinema. 

ANT 391 • Sexuality and Culture

31825 • Sofian Merabet • T 10AM-1PM • WCP 5.118
Description: This graduate seminar deals with the cultural analysis of sexuality. Its aim is to evaluate critically formative concepts and theories that have been subject to debates within Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and Gender Studies/Queer Theory. Through the
reading of a variety of texts, we will explore the central position sexuality occupies within culture. By discussing recent scholarship covering Affect Theory and Critical Gender Studies, we will examine the ways in which the nation and the state are closely tied to the politics of sexuality, gender, race and class and consider how bodies marked by those concepts are situated in space and time. One of the basic themes of the material for this course concerns the extent to which both realities and their perceptions are sociocultural constructs that are subject to constant change and, therefore, need historical contextualization. 

WGS 392 • Research Methods in Women's and Gender Studies

45190 • Xavier Livermon • M 2PM-5PM • CMA 3.134

Description: This course is designed to prepare graduate students in gender studies and the qualitative social sciences to conduct a research project for their master’s theses or similar projects. We will explore a range of research methods and traditions as well as the epistemological assumptions underlying them. We will consider what it means to conduct “feminist” research, as well as the perils and promise of the more participatory research traditions. Some of the research methods we will explore include interviewing, survey research, case studies, textual analysis, and participant observation.

WGS 393 • Global Trans Media Studies

 45224 • Curran Nault • M 9:00AM-12:00PM CMA 3.130

Description: This course evokes trans* as an expansive, intersectional terrain in which transgender, transnational and transmedia productively intertwine. As such, students will explore theories, practices and productions of gender across a variety of media forms and global frameworks. With specific attention to the recent upsurge in transgender media visibility, students will explore attendant issues of identity, politics, activism, economics, performance and spectatorship—within different national and historical contexts. This course will combine readings of key queer and trans/-feminist texts with explorations of both mainstream and subcultural trans*media artifacts. This course will insist on an intersectional approach to trans*media that foregrounds differences of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation and generation, in addition to gender.

WGS 393 • Feminist Geopolitics: Race & Empire

45220 • Pavithra Vasudevan • Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM • BUR 128

WGS 393 • Memory and Trauma

45230 • Pascale Bos • TTH 9:30AM-11AM • BUR 128 • Also listed as GER 382N 

Description: An interdisciplinary investigation of the significance of ideological structures of thought in historical contexts. Emphasis is on the genealogy, interpretative power, and critical reception of ideas that inform the ends and methods of German studies as a discipline.

WGS 393 • Performance, Feminism & Body in the Americas

45240 • Laura Gutiérrez • T 3:30PM-6PM • CMA 3.108 • Also listed as MAS 392

WGS 393 • Sick, Slow, Mad: Crip Theory

45250 • Alison Kafer • W 12:00PM-3:00PM • CAL 323 • Also listed as E 393M