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Women's and Gender Studies

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Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021
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Critical Approaches in Social and Cultural Theory
WMST2140X001 3 points.

This course examines the conceptual foundations that support feminist and queer analyses of racial capitalism, security and incarceration, the politics of life and health, and colonial and postcolonial studies, among others.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST2140X001 001/00217 Summer B Subterm Th 09:00 AM–01:10 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–01:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Aliza Shvarts
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
INTRO TO SEXUALITY STUDIES
WMST3125X001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3125X001 001/00229 Summer B Subterm Tu 04:00 PM–07:00 PM
Th 04:00 PM–07:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
AFFECT AND ACTIVISM
WMST3138X001 4 points.

From love to anger to disappointment to hope, political activism mobilizes emotions towards certain ends but also generates new affective states and feelings along the way. This advanced seminar will familiarize students with feminist, anti-racist and queer scholarship on affect, feelings and emotion as intrinsic to politics and as crucial for understanding how political thought and action unfold in contingent and often unexpected ways. Mixing theoretical and cultural texts with case studies, we will look at how affect permeates structures of power and domination, embodiment and identity, and collective activist projects concerned with gender and sexual liberation. Students will have an opportunity to read theories of affect as well as to “read” activist movements for affect by working with archival documents (such as zines, manifestos, and movement ephemera) and other primary sources (such as memoir, photography and documentary film).

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3138X001 001/00173 Summer A Subterm Mo 09:00 AM–01:10 PM
We 09:00 AM–01:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Orsolya Lehotai
4 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
TRANSGENDER STUDIES - THEMES AND TOPICS
WMST3225W001 3 points.

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies. While we will read about gender variable bodies within a long historical arc, the categories of both “transsexual” and "transgender" are recent social constructions. How did the many different forms of gender variance resolve into these singular forms and what has been lost in the medical and legal narrowing of gender variance to only these forms? Can we make any connections between witches in the 17th century (often accused on the grounds of cross-gender identification), mollies and dandies in the 19th century (often marked as effeminate), inverts in the late 19th and early 20th century and later constructions that assemble under the banner of “trans*”?

Many academic disciplines-- including anthropology, history, gender studies, literary studies, and gay and lesbian/queer studies--have studied transgender identities, bodies and communities, but only very recently has the field become institutionalized in the academy as a discipline "Transgender Studies." In this course we examine the ongoing development of the concept of transgender as it is situated across social, cultural, historical, medical, and political contexts. Along the way, we will try to answer some fundamental questions: when did trans* emerge as a distinct social formation? What might be the differences between the understanding of gender variance in the second half of the 20th century and formulations of the phenomena of cross-dressing and passing and transvestism in earlier periods? Is the term "transgender" applicable to non-Western and previously occurring embodiments and practices?

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3225W001 001/12129 Summer A Subterm Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jack Halberstam
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
FEMINIST THEORY
WMST3311V001 4 points.

Prerequisites: LIMITED TO 20 BY INSTRUC PERM; ATTEND FIRST CLASS

This course provides a theoretical itinerary to the emergence of contemporary queer theory and engagement with some contemporary legacies of the movement. The goal is not to be exhaustive nor to establish a correct history of queer theory but to engage students in the task of understanding and creating intellectual genealogies.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3311V001 001/12640 Summer A Subterm Th 04:00 PM–07:00 PM
Tu 04:00 PM–07:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Elizabeth Povinelli
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
ART/WORK: SEX,AESTH,CAPTLISM
WMST3512X001 4 points.
Prerequisites: none How can performances, theatrical texts, and other art/media objects illuminate the operations of gender, sexuality, and race in global capitalism? Drawing from a range of artistic media and critical traditions, we explore how aesthetic thought can help us analyze the sexual, racial, and national character of contemporary labor and life.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3512X001 001/00174 Summer A Subterm Tu 11:00 AM–03:10 PM
Th 11:00 AM–03:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Alexander Pittman
4 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
WOMEN & SOCIETY - SEX-TRADE ECONOMY
WMST3550H001 3 points.

Prerequisites: 5 semesters of college-level French or the equivalent.  This course in taught in French.

Eligibility:  This course is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and visiting students

Based on an interdisciplinary, intersectional, subalternist and post-colonial approach, this course is a general introduction to the history, sociology and anthropology of the economy of the sex-trade in Africa, America, Asia and Europe from the early nineteenth century to today. It aims to clarify: 1) the historiographical situation by questioning and analyzing the French regulatory system and its many avatars in Europe, the United States and in the colonial world, but also questioning the backlash to this system that consisted firstly of the abolitionist (born in England in the second half of the nineteenth century) and then the prohibitionist movements; 2) The relationship between class, “race” and gender in the sex market via issues of human trafficking and sex tourism in Europe, America, Africa and Asia; 3) The socio-economic issue - and its political connections – in the economy of sex with particular attention to individuals (prostitutes versus sex workers), their voices, their legal status, and even their mobilization (rallies and demonstrations, community collectives and trade unions, political and / or literary publications), but also the many heated debates that these demands for recognition and these mobilizations have provoked in places as diverse as France, the Netherlands and India to take only three specific examples in the world covered in the course.

To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Columbia Summer in Paris Program through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE) herePlease note the program dates are different from the Summer Term B dates. 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3550H001 001/11353 Summer B Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Independent Study
WMST3999X001 4 points.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST3999X001 001/00258 Summer B Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rebecca Jordan-Young
4 Closed for Online Registration
ADVANCED TOPICS
WMST4317W001 4 points.

This course explores transcontinental connections across Africa, Asia, and the Americas as forged in the practices and movements of peoples, in the context of global colonial and postcolonial orders. We will consider the intersections, crossings, and collaborations of different communities of the global South across these continents in the course of their social, cultural, and political struggles to shape and transform the worlds they live in. We will ask, how might different narratives of these global South connections contribute to our imagination and practice of global resistance and transformation? Topics include: colonialism, capitalism, Third Worldism, feminism

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
WMST4317W001 001/12289 Summer A Subterm Tu 04:00 PM–07:00 PM
Th 04:00 PM–07:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Elizabeth Bernstein
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only