Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Cultural Studies Courses 2021-2022

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 2021

​CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium (6.0 Units).  Required Course.
Jeff Brison
Wednesday, 11:30-2:30 (remote)

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.
Section 1: Thursday, 11:30-2:30 (remote)

Scott Rutherford
Section 2: Monday, 11:30-2:30, A416 Mac-Corry Hall
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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
Tuesday, 11:30-2:30, C416 Mac-Corry Hall
TBC 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 805 Research Creation (3.0 Units)
Dolleen Manning
Tuesday, 2:30-5:30pm (remote)
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.


Cultural Studies Courses Winter 2022

​CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium (6.0 Units).  Required Course.
Jeff Brison
Wednesday, 11:30-2:30 (remote)

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) 
Ali Na
Monday, 8:30-11:30, C416 Mac-Corry Hall

This course unpacks and explores key theories and philosophies relevant to cultural studies, with a focus on critical cultural and minoritarian perspectives. The course will weave between contemporary works and influential intellectual histories. We will practice interpreting dense theoretical works while also engaging how these ideas have been institutionalized and to what effects. The course will engage generously with an openness to what the concepts and texts might do and have offered as well as confront the afterlives of theory and criticism, which often include omissions, erasures, and modes of subordination. Concepts covered include capitalist critique, hegemony, race, feminisms, queerness, madness, post/decoloniality, archives, and intersectionality.

​CUST 807 Settler Colonialism and Incarceration (3.0 Units)
Lisa Guenther
Tuesday, 2:30-5:30, 401 Watson Hall

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.

CUST 893 Special Topics Course: Ethics, Care, and Participatory Culture (3.0 Units)
Dorit Naaman and Liz Miller

Thursday, 4:30-7pm (remote)
Participatory cultural production implies working outside of standard forms of production, where roles are clearly divided, authorship is stable and singular, and where the subject is presented as unified and coherent. Whether described as co-creation, collaborative, polyphonic, dialogic, or community based, these works, from the outset, are developed by lateral processes, involving various stake holders, artists, subjects and multiple levels of participation. Participatory work often exhibits varied aspirations, numerous outputs, and several target audiences and outcomes.  In this course we will introduce students to exemplary case studies, including visits from practitioners. We will build literacy in the literature and histories of the ethics of participatory work, and consider collaborative authorship; participatory methods, and polyphony of subject-participants as inter-related but also unique aspects to take into account. Using a Mapping Participatory Practices tool (developed by the instructors), students will interview established practitioners in their field, and plan their own participatory projects.

CUST 892 Special Topics Course: McWorld in the Making: Capitalism, Consumerism, and the Commodification of Everything (3.0 Units)
Ariel Salzmann and Ayca Tomac
Monday, 2:30-5:30, C420 Mac-Corry Hall

In 1990 Barbara Kruger, translated René Descartes epistemological (and ontological) founding principle into a neoliberalism conceptual slogan: “I shop therefore I am.” Capitalism’s fantasy of unlimited growth and ideology of private accumulation has yielded a planet of unparalleled extremes of excess, waste, and want, teetering on the edge of mass extinction. Multi-disciplinary studies have documented the sociology, culture, politics, symbolism, economic and ecological consequences of rampant consumerism and metastatic commodification on, among many other topics, social relationships, artistic expression, health, work, ethics, emotions and the environment. Departing from readings of some of the classic works on commodities and consumerism (Marx, Veblen, Sombart, Baudrillard, Harvey) and key analysis of the imperialist structures upon which modern mass consumerism continues to rely (Mintz, Patel-Moore) the course explores cases studies of commodification and consumption from the perspective of history, anthropology, sociology, and the arts.


Cultural Studies Courses Summer 2022

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

In this workshop course, 1-year MA 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