Current/Upcoming Courses

Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

Fall/Spring: Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
September 13, 2016 – May 9, 2017

A writing workshop for graduate students at the dissertation level.  Classes will include presentations and discussions of dissertation writers’ work-in-progress.  Discussions will include both theoretical considerations and practical ones as we address feminist research in historical archives, feminist fieldwork, feminist interpretation of literary, visual and material culture, and feminist research that theorizes the political...  more » 

Contesting Sex and Gender, Making Early Christianity

Fall semester: Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
September 7, 2016 - December 7, 2016
*Meets at the Harvard Divinity School. Building and Room TBD*

Religion has been and remains a critical site both for constructing and for contesting sex/gender identities, roles, and sexualities. Women’s relationship with religion has been particularly fraught. We will examine early Christian and contemporaneous texts through different lenses, drawing upon: feminist biblical interpretation and hermeneutics, literary and legal theory, anthropology, historical-critical studies, theology, lesbian-feminist theory, transgender studies, rabbinics, and classics... more » 

Feminist Inquiry

Spring semester: Mondays, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
January 30, 2017 - May 8, 2017

How are feminists to construct methods of inquiry that give voice to the multiply located perspectives of marginalized subjects and communities without replicating the masculinist, racist, classist conceptual structures and methodologies that constitute traditional Western epistemologies?  Feminist Inquiry is a seminar designed to investigate the methodological approaches and conceptual frameworks that inform feminist theorizing, critical analysis, and research across a range of disciplines... more » 

Feminism and Islam

Spring semester: Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
February 1, 2017 - May 10, 2017

The fundamental debate about Islam, whether in the academy, the media, or the public sphere, is whether or not Islam is compatible with democracy, civil society, nationalism, secularism and so on. In sharp contrast to this ongoing debate is general consensus about the “gender problem” in Islam. This predominant view casting Islam as an “excessively patriarchal religion” not only essentializes Muslim women as victims and Muslim men as oppressors but also reduces the so-called “Muslim world” to an inherently static condition of patriarchy. more »

Changing Life: Reading the Intersections of Race, Biology, and Literature

Spring semester: Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
February 1, 2017 - May 10, 2017

In this course students will develop their abilities to expose ways that scientific knowledge has been shaped in contexts that are gendered, racialized, economically exploitative, and hetero-normative. This development is supported through a sequence of four projects that concern... more »




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