Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Cultural Studies Courses 2020-2021

Cultural Studies MA and PhD students must take "CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium" plus four other courses.  Students are required to complete at least two courses in CUST, one of which must be CUST 803 (Cultural Studies Past & Present).  Remaining courses may be chosen from CUST or selected from elective courses offered by other departments.  All courses are generally completed during the first year of study.

Please note that the dates and times for all graduate level courses are scheduled in July; this page will be updated as details are confirmed.

Cultural Studies Courses Fall 2020 - Remote
 

​CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium (6.0 Units).  Required Course.
Jeff Brison
FALL 2020 - remote:  Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30
WINTER 2021 - on campus:  Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30 (Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176 Area - Lecture Theatre - B125)

This course is designed to acquaint graduate students with both current work in the field and various forms of professionalization, through a combination of research presentations and participatory workshops. Students are expected to attend regularly and complete some reflective writing activities. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis.

CUST 803 Cultural Studies Past & Present (3.0 Units).  Required Course.
Scott Rutherford and burcu baba
Mondays, 11:30-2:30 OR
Tuesdays, 11:30-2:30

This course introduces students to the global and interdisciplinary scope of Cultural Studies research practices by surveying key debates, concerns, and texts that have shaped the field over time.

CUST 804 Community-Based Research (3.0 Units)
Ayca Tomac
Fridays, 11:30-1, 1:30-3:00

As cultural producers, activists, and/or researches, Cultural Studies students interact with various communities within, beyond, and on the margins of the academy. This course engages with the theoretical, political, practical, personal, and institutional challenges and opportunities of community-based research.

CUST 807 Abolition and Decolonization (3.0 Units)
Lisa Guenther
Thursdays, 11:30-2:30

Current scholarship on prison abolition tends to focus on the relation between slavery and mass incarceration, but it’s not clear how this framework helps to address the hyper-incarceration of Indigenous peoples in Canada and other settler colonial states. In this seminar, we will study abolitionist (and) decolonial movements with the aim of recovering and co-creating methods for dismantling carceral-colonial institutions and building freer, healthier, and more just communities. Throughout the semester, we will reflect on the map as both a colonial instrument of domination and a creative tool for navigating oppressive structures and sketching concrete alternatives to the world that slavery and colonialism has built. We will also activate our collective power to dream, not as an escapist fantasy but as a critical research method that moves beyond an analysis of what is wrong with the world to experiment with ways of making it better. Readings will include work by Saidiya Hartman, Nick Estes, Robin Kelley, Dionne Brand, and Leanne Simpson.

 

Cultural Studies Courses Winter 2021

​CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium (6.0 Units).  Required Course.
Jeff Brison
FALL 2020 - remote:  Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30
WINTER 2021 - on campus:  Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30 (Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176 Area - Lecture Theatre - B125)

This course is designed to acquaint graduate students with both current work in the field and various forms of professionalization, through a combination of research presentations and participatory workshops. Students are expected to attend regularly and complete some reflective writing activities. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis.

CUST 800 Cultural Studies Theory (3.0 Units) 
Keren Zaiontz and Julien Lefort-Favreau
Tuesdays, 2:30-5:30

This course introduces students to a range of major theoretical strains within Cultural Studies such as those associated with Marxism, feminism, postcolonialism, and visual, critical race, Indigenous, and queer studies. Students will learn to mobilize key conceptual vocabulary of foundational and emerging frameworks of the field.

​CUST 805 Research-Creation Methodologies (3.0 Units)
Dorit Naaman
Mondays, 11:30-2:30

This course is designed to support students whose intellectual approach combines creative and academic research practices.  The course will value the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic practice, scholarly investigation, and experimentation. Please note that this course is offered primarily as a methods course for Research-Creation practitioners and the main method of evaluation is production of R-C work.

CUST 892 Special Topics Course: Writing Intensities: Sense, Affect, Relationality (3.0 Units)
Dylan Robinson
Date and Time are TBC

CUST 893 Theories of Race in Cultural Studies (3.0 Units)
Katherine McKittrick
Thursdays 2:30-5:30

This course will focus on race, racism, and racial-sexual identification as they relate to the interconnections between oppression, liberation, and cultural production. The central course themes—intimacies (Lisa Lowe) and articulations (Stuart Hall)—will illuminate how the logics of white supremacy and dispossession (slavery, indentureship, colonialism, racial capitalism) produced entangled communities that refashioned modernity. Intimacies and articulations, then, will provide us with an analytical route to grappling with practices of marginalization and resistance without situating oppression as the primary condition of otherness. We will also study how creative practices (visual art, critical theories, music, poetic or fictional works, activisms) evidence entanglement, intimacies, and articulations.

 

Cultural Studies Courses Summer 2021
 

CUST-850 Capstone Project (6.0 units)
Laura Murray
Date and Time are TBC

In this workshop course, students will substantially revise or transform work from a previous Queen’s graduate course with the goal of publication or other dissemination, and produce a reflection on professional development activities pursued throughout the year.

 

Practicum Courses

CUST 894 Directed Community-Based Practicum
This course is intended to support a student's MA or PhD research through organizational and social experience gained from involvement with relevant off-campus institutions, organizations, and community groups. A CS faculty member will oversee each placement in collaboration with a member of the relevant organization or group.  Please note that practicum courses must be arranged well in advance: do not wait until September.

CUST 895 Agnes Etherington Practicum
Alicia Boutilier (Chief Curator/Curator of Canadian Historical Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre)
This applied research internship in a professional art museum cultivates understanding of the capacity and disciplinary protocols surrounding research and public presentation of critical cultures within an institutional framework. The focus of the course is a defined research project developed in consultation with the supervising curator and contributing to the Art Centre’s exhibition program or collection development. Practicum students work on-site at the Art Centre 10 hours per week, with additional research hours required. For information on the curatorial direction of our contemporary art program, please refer to the gallery website. Graduate students with relevant education and/or experience in visual and media art or art history in the Cultural Studies Programs at a Masters or Doctoral level are eligible to apply. Those interested should submit a letter of intent describing their goals and areas of interest, a CV and a transcript of their academic record. Admission will be based on interviews, and is contingent on identification of a research project aligned with student research interests and evolving gallery needs. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the desired semester, usually at the beginning of the previous semester to allow for planning. Practica may take place in the fall, winter or spring/summer semester.​  Please note that practicum courses must be arranged well in advance: do not wait until September.

Directed Studies Courses

Under the supervision of an individual faculty member, students may conduct intensive reading in a research area not offered in core or elective courses. Readings are to be arranged in consultation with the faculty supervisor, and accompanied by meetings during the term to discuss the readings and submission of written assignments. (This course will be offered when faculty resources are available.)

CUST 990 Directed Studies I
​CUST 991 Directed Studies II
CUST 890 Directed Studies I
CUST 891 Directed Studies II