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Instructor Info:Monique Roelofs
Office Extension x5390
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
Description: An exploration of basic concepts and ideas that help one think critically and analytically about race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, and the local-transnational divide. Questions we will ask include: How do language, performativity, and political economy function as tools of cultural construction that produce us as we produce them? How do these factors regulate desire and serve to legitimize oppression and violence? In what ways are symbolic systems able to exceed social formations in which they are implicated? The course explores philosophical questions concerning intersectionality; embodiment; coalition and collectivity; postcolonial and global feminisms; neoliberalism and the commodification of difference; queer textuality and politics; theories of transformation and critique.