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Playing with Categories:
Re-doing the Politics
of Sex and Gender

Welcome to the home page of General Studies 290,
a Junior Seminar in the
Program in Gender and Sexuality,
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (Fall 2005).

Anne Dalke (Bryn Mawr English) and
Jennifer Patico (Haverford Anthropology)

MW, 1-2:30, English House Lecture Hall, BMC

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/courses/sexgender/f05/

This course has been co-designed by faculty members in anthropology and literary studies (in consultation with those in biology, education and philosophy) to explore, interrogate and re-define the variety of ways in which we "do" sex and gender. Our keynotes will be three:
  • the inevitability of our making of categories,
  • play as a way of unsettling them, and
  • politics as a way of making them useful,
    as we put them into action in re-making the world.

Class Roster
Syllabus
Discussion Notes
Course Forum Area

First Web papers: Gender Play
Second Web papers: Re-doing the Categories
Third Web papers: The Politics of Sex and Gender
Fourth Web papers: The Politics of Sex and Gender, ellaborated in books

Instructions for Preparation and Submission of Papers
Final Performances: Instructions for Preparing your Book Introduction, Final Paper, and Final Portfoliio
A Hands-On, Interactive Approach to HTML

Texts to be read in the class include Chris Ware's graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, Jeffrey Eugenides' American immigration novel Middlesex, and Virginia Woolf's pacifist tract, Three Guineas. We will also study a range of classic essays in feminism (Margaret Fuller, Sojourner Truth), in queer theory (Gail Rubin, Judith Butler, Michael Warner), sociology (Barrie Thorne, Alice Lesnick, Becky Thompson), anthropology (Sherry Ortner, Michelle Rosaldo), philosophy (Michel Foucault), cognitive neuroscience (George Lakoff, Paul Grobstein), history (Joan Scott, Thomas Laqueur), and literary theory (Diana Fuss, Eve Sedgwick).

Together, we will think, talk and write our ways through this wide range of literary, cultural and scientific stories about sex and gender, reading and revising what they might mean. Students will be expected to contribute to the education of their colleagues as well as to those beyond the bi-co by participating in a weekly on-line forum, and by putting some of their writing on the web.

Students taking this course also have the option of enrolling in a parallel Praxis III internship focused on an aspect of current gender politics. Possible fieldsites, selected based on student interest, include the Women's Law Project, Planned Parenthood, Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, American Friends Service Committee, N.O.W, Women Organized Against Rape, Kensington Welfare Rights Organization, and Project HOME. Anne Dalke will be the Advisor for the Praxis III component.

The Praxis III internship will function as an additional course for an additional credit. As with other Praxis III courses, students in these gender politics internships will work at a fieldsite for 8-10 hours a week for 10 weeks during the semester. Contact Nell Anderson, Director of the Praxis Program (610 526-5031), for further information.

Related Events On Campus or Nearby:

4:30 p.m. Th, 9/22, a screening of The Edge of Each Other's Battles; The Vision of Audre Lorde, a film by Jennifer Abod.
An open discussion with the director will follow the screening in Sharpless Auditorium, INSC, HC;
a reception for all will follow the discussion, upstairs in Zubrow Lounge, INSC.

7:30 p.m. Th, 9/29, a reading by novelist Jane Alison ( The Love Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, Natives and Exotics) Ely Room, Wyndham Alumnae House, BMC.

7:30 p.m. Th, 10/6, a reading by novelist and essayist Ana Castillo (author of 17 books; an American Book Award recipient for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters), Thomas Great Hall, BMC.

2 p.m. Sat, 10/22, I Am My Own Wife, at the Wilma Theater, Center City Philadelphia
Meeting with the actors and dramaturge after the performance

7:30 Wed, 10/26, Becky Thompson (Department of Sociology, Simmons College), ""A Thousand Hungers: A Multiracial View of Eating Problems and Recovery"

4-6 p.m., Thurs, 10/27, Women's Leadership Forum: Being Female in a Male-Dominated World

12-1 p.m., Fri, 11/11, The Politics of Sexual Orientation

3-4:30 p.m., Fri, 11/11, Representing Parenthood: The Big Picture

4:30 p.m., Tues, 11/15, Keeping Our Heads Above Water: No Buoys Allowed

7 p.m., Wed, 11/16, Screening and discussion with filmmaker Priti Chandriani: "Rani Hindustani (Indian Queen)"

12-1, Fri, 11/18, Examining Our History: Inclusion/Exclusion at Bryn Mawr

4:30 p.m., Mon, 11/21, "Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage"

The images on these pages are reproduced, with permission, from a renga series called Second Session: Spring Scroll. You can see a complete display of such work at http://www.renga.com which also explains that "Renga, or Linked Image, is a new methodology of image creation in the digital era. It was given birth at the intersection of art, telecommunication network and multimedia. Renga artists share and exchange computer graphics art works on telecommunication network. An image will turn into a new piece by going through modification and transformation applied by a different artist, thus creating a series of growing imagery."





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