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Instructor Info:Rachel Rybaczuk
TA Info:William Meyer
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
Description: This course will give students an overview of intersectionality as a concept and methodology, as well as an opportunity to critically examine its limitations. We will review the origins of intersectionality in the social, political, and intellectual activities of women of color; recent theoretical and methodological developments; and interdisciplinary examples of intersectional research. The course will culminate in an exploration of queering intersectionality to increase its relevance to current social processes. Taking the gender binary as one example, we will expand the contours of intersectionality with queerness as a process by which we problematize gender to address the following questions: to what degree is social science research reproducing the binary and rendering invisible those bodies that express gender as queer? To what degree does this reify the qualities of socially constructed identity that we seek to dismantle with critical analysis and behavioral resistance? Does intersectionality provide the theoretical and methodological frameworks to understand intersecting identities and systems of power?