Intersectionality Today

Tu 2:30PM - 5:00PM / 402E Cathedral of Learning / CRN 27206

The term ‘intersectionality’ was coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw to theorize the experiences of Black women in the U.S. In the years since, intersectionality has spread, taking root in a wide range of disciplines and parts of the world. Yet, what intersectionality means, to whom it should be applied, and how it should be studied all are hotly contested. In this course, we will examine intersectionality today, engaging with current thinking, research, and debates. Drawing on a range of materials such as scholarly texts and film, we will investigate intersectionality in its different representations, including perspectives of anti-racist feminists from the global South. We will also touch on a wide range of ways of “doing intersectional scholarship,” including textual analysis, visual arts, ethnography, archival research, and quantitative analysis. Although attention will be paid to a wide range of identities and social locations (for example, race, ethnicity, class, religion, language, and disability), this is a GSWS course, so gender and sexuality are foregrounded. In addition to completing course reading and participating in class discussions, students are expected to develop projects in their home discipline(s). This course is designed to introduce students to intersectionality beyond the canonical texts, and thus Introduction to Feminist Theory (or Theories of Gender and Sexuality at the graduate level) is a recommended pre- or co-requisite.

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Melanie Hughes

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Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

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