Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

2018-19 Special Topics Courses Announced

July 5, 2018

Fall 2018

GNDS 280/3.0: Manhood, Politics and Social Change (Scott Morgensen)

This course introduces the social and historical study of the politics of manhood. We examine our topic by applying intersectional feminist analyses of gender as a social construct that forms in relationship to race, nation, class, sexuality, and disability. Drawing cases from Canada and the United States spanning the late 19th c. to the present, we examine how cultural and political beliefs about manhood have formed and changed over time and continue to transform today. We pay particular attention to the ways in which white supremacy, settler colonialism, and anti-racist and anti-colonial movements shape national and international debates over the politics of manhood.

GNDS 380/3.0: Special Topics: Feminist Art and Activisms (Ellyn Walker)

Feminist Art and Activisms is a Special Topics course that explores contemporary visual culture in conversation with critical feminist histories, methodologies, praxes and critiques. Through the discussion of feminist theories and activisms across specific cultural, political, artistic and museological contexts, this course will think through questions of intersectionality, anti-racism, anti-violence, heteropatriarchy, settler colonialism and white supremacy and their (inter)relationship(s) in Canadian art and visual culture.

Winter 2019

GNDS 380/3.0: Special Topics: Indigenous Meanings of Reproduction and Health (Karen Lawford)

Indigenous meanings of reproduction and health will form the core of this course, and guided by key themes in Indigenous feminist theories, methodologies, and practice. We will discuss the influence of the bio-medical model on Indigenous meanings of health and examine how this Western model of knowing has influenced the health of Indigenous peoples, with a particular focus on maternity care in Canada. We will discuss, at an introductory level, the Constitution Act, 1982, the Indian Act, and several modern treaties to gain an understanding of the various political levers that significantly effect health care and maternity care for Indigenous peoples. Students will be guided through broad themes using a variety of media: peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs, motion pictures, video files, and audio files. We will discuss contradictions and incongruencies in an open, respectful, and thought-provoking manner.

GNDS 410/6.0: Race, Sex and the Transnational (Sarita Srivastava)

This course explores current theories of concerning social relations of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class and other dimensions of difference, particularly their historically and globally interlocking dimensions in the context of nation-building, transnationality, colonialism and imperialism. We address a variety of questions, including: How might we understand the gendered aspects of racism, diaspora, globalization, nation-building and imperialism? How has the regulation of sexuality been shaped by colonialism, nationalism and racism? How might we explore processes of transnationality and globalization from feminist perspectives? How are race and racialization constantly produced through the practices of gender, sexuality, class, locality, history and transnationality? How is race linked to particular bodies and geographies? How might we understand race, gender and sexuality in the context of family, nation, diaspora and globalization? Students will be expected to engage with theoretical discussions and to apply these theories to a contemporary or historical topic within an in-depth research essay.

GNDS 480/3.0: Indigenous Women and Leadership (Evelyn Poitras)

Tansi.  Niya aski tako piasew iskwew.  I acknowledge that Queen’s University is located on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

This course will explore historic and contemporary development and issues for Indigenous women and leadership including: global and regional perspectives; interpretations of leadership; as well as organizations, people, sectors, and movements.  Topics will include feminism- how this is adopted, resisted or rejected in Indigenous feminism in the intersections of race and class; as well as the Indigenous contributions to this development.  What are inherent challenges for Indigenous women/leaders in systems that may be patriarchal?  Marginalization, erasure, Creation stories, matriarchy, egalitarian societies, roles, profiles, activism, colonial resistance and challenges, resurgence/revitalization are issues that will be discussed in this class on Indigenous women and leadership.  Guest lectures when possible will be part of these teachings. Ekosi.