Classes

    Religion, Gender, Identity in 21st Century Diasporic Muslim Fiction

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

    Diasporic Muslim fiction in the West: We will read 21st century novels by writers of Muslim background based in Europe and the U.S.— exploring, among others, themes of border crossings, the Muslim immigrant experience, figurations of gender and sexuality, and representations - and contestations - of Islam in the West. Readings include (provisional list): Ben Jalloun, Leaving Tangier, Hosseini, The Kite Runner, Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Lalami, Secret Son, Aboulela, Minaret, Jarrar,  A Map of Home, Shafak, Forty Rules of Love.... Read more about Religion, Gender, Identity in 21st Century Diasporic Muslim Fiction

    Sex, Gender, and Sexuality II

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    The second of two parts, the course will continue to explore the theoretical articulation of sex, gender, and sexuality in feminist and queer theory, with attention to the role of other differences – racial, ethnic, religious, and differences in physical ability – in contemporary work. Prerequisite: REL 1572 or consent of the instructor.

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    Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

    The course will explore the theoretical articulation of sex, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century theory, particularly in psychoanalysis, philosophy, and feminist and queer theory. Readings will include texts by Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Gayle Rubin, Julia Kristeva, Monique Wittig, Judith Butler, Moira Gatens, and others.

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    Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    We will do two things in this course: take in the history, literature, visual imagery, and theoretical pronouncements around the nature of women and gender in Buddhist materials; and cultivate the critical and hermeneutical skills for processing these materials and contributing to a just and woke future.... Read more about Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

    Islam, Bodies, Sexuality: Islam and Islamic Bodies in South and Southeast Asia

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    This course introduces students to scholarship on Islam in Southeast Asia. It focuses on the literature on Islamic bodies and sexuality in Southeast Asia, paying particular attention to how Islamic adepts associated the health, growth and regeneration of religion with the cultivation of bodies and sexual practices.... Read more about Islam, Bodies, Sexuality: Islam and Islamic Bodies in South and Southeast Asia

    Christian Sex

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Religious groups labelled 'Christian' have long been preoccupied with sex. The effects of their preoccupation can be seen all around us-in contemporary churches, in ethical and political debates, in our languages and cultural symbols. This seminar will consider this preoccupation in three steps.... Read more about Christian Sex

    Witch Hunts: Persecution in Public History and Ethics

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This course treats persecution in America as a site of public history and ethics. Focusing on three historical cases—the Salem Witch trials, the Underground Railroad, and Cold War-era McCarthyism—we will explore how hunts for witches, runaway slaves, and communists (along with their fellow travelers) have shaped American political culture.... Read more about Witch Hunts: Persecution in Public History and Ethics