Decolonizing Indigenous Gender and Sexuality|
Fall 2022 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Queer Studies|
This seminar focuses on the politics of decolonization in Indigenous contexts with regard to gender and sexuality. The seminar examines a variety of settler colonial contexts in North America and Oceania. Beginning with an historical exploration of gender and colonialism, students will examine how colonial processes, along with other forms of domination that include racializing technologies, have transformed gender and sexuality through the imposition of definitions and models of normative (often binary) gender subjectivity and relations, "proper" sexual behavior, preoccupations with "sexual deviance," sexual expression as a territory to be conquered, legacies of control, legal codification, and commodification. We will then assess how diverse modes of self-determination struggles negotiate gender and sexual decolonization, including feminist interventions in nationalist productions that sustain masculinist and homophobic agendas. In relation to these dynamics, we will study the growing body of work on Native feminisms and decolonial feminisms, as well as Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous studies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
*A Decolonial Feminism, Françoise Vergès
*Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, Joyce Green (editor)
*Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Joanne Barker (editor)
*Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture, Cheryl Suzack, et al (editors)
*Being Again of One Mind: Oneida Women and the Struggle for Decolonization, Lina Sunseri
*The balance destroyed: the consequences for Maori women of the colonisation of Tikanga Maori, Ani Mikaere
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short papers, presentations and a final research paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a reading and writing heavy course with a strong research component.
Students interested in enrolling in the course should send an email to the instructor: email@example.com explaining their interest in the course, including a prospective research topic.
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