Introduction to Trans Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches|
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of trans studies. Although gender-variant identities have a long history in the United States, and while gender diversity has been recorded in many societies, trans and transgender are relatively new social categories. And, while many academic disciplines--including feminist studies, queer studies, anthropology, and history--have studied trans communities, subjects, and bodies, it is only very recently that the field has become institutionalized in the academy as a discipline.
This course is organized around trans studies as an emergent field of study. We will take as our entry point a formative moment in academic institutionalization: the publication of the first academic reader in trans studies, Susan Stryker's and Stephen Whittle's THE TRANSGENDER STUDIES READER in 2006. Thinking critically about the categories of knowledge in this anthology (sex, gender, and science; feminist investments; queering gender; selves: identity and community; transgender masculinities; embodiment; ethics of time and space; and multiple crossings: gender, nationality, race) as well as the ways other disciplines have understood trans and other sexual minority communities, we will ask, What are the foundational objects and methods of trans studies? What are the guiding questions and debates within the field? What forms of knowledge does the category "trans" enable? What are the problems and possibilities of using "trans" cross-culturally? How are trans studies marked as different from the studies that have come before? Is institutionalization seen as necessary to knowledge production? And, finally, what are the (activist/academic) politics of the field's institutionalization?
Readings will be interdisciplinary and will include theory, memoir, film, history, activisim, legal studies, science studies, feminist and queer studies, and ethnography. Student interest, input, and participation are crucial to the course; the last weeks of the course are TBA to allow us to explore your particular interests.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(FGSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Travesti-Sex gender and Culture Among Brazilian Transgender Prostitutes: Don Kulick
Whipping Girl-A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity: Julia Serano
Fixing Sex-Intersex, Medical Authority and Live experience: Katrina Karkazis
Assuming a Body-Transgender and Rhetoric's of Materiality: Gayle Salamon
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class project, 1-2 turns as discussion leader, short critical essays, final paper/project.
|Instructor(s): Weiss,Margot Times: ....R.. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 5||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 11||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: X|
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