Queer Robotics: Cyborgs in Science Fiction & Anthropology|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Asian American Studies, Queer Studies|
What do representations of robots and cyborgs in popular film, sci-fi literature, and cultural anthropology tell us about gender, sexuality, race, and what it means to be "human"? In this class we will use critical race studies, queer and feminist theory, disability studies, and science and technology studies (STS) to analyze representations of "cyborg" bodies in speculative fiction and ethnography. Our case examples explore the politics of the body through narratives of military research, artificial intelligence, sex work, urbanism and segregation, biotech research, prosthetics and athleticism, new reproductive technologies, and more. We will engage with poetry, film, visual art, and speculative fiction to explore how bodies are dreamed, crafted, and represented.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Major readings include works from digital anthropology, critical race studies, and queer studies, e.g. Lisa Nakamura, Jessica Riskin, Alison Kafer, Donna Haraway, LH Stallings, Annemarie Jagose, Jose Munoz, and more. Students will also read a sci-fi novel and short story and works of poetry.
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Assignments and exams:
Three take-home essays throughout the semester
Final paper blending science fiction and critical analysis
Group leading of class
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