Please read the assigned texts before class. This includes the first day’s reading. If you join the class late, catch up as quickly as you can.

We will often move backward and forward in time as we work through concepts and movements, which means you are responsible for attending to dates of publication and considering which ideas authors may or may not have had access to. Pay attention to other contexts too: academic discipline, activist commitment, authorial voice.

There is a lot of assigned reading for this class, and much (though not all) of it is dense and theoretical. Here are two articles on reading scholarship that you might find useful and interesting: Kyla Wazana Tompkins, “We Aren’t Here to Learn What We Already Know,” which describes best practices for deep reading; and Melissa Boone Brown, “How to Read for Grad School,” which discusses how to cope with seemingly-unmanageable reading loads.

Where readings are archived in spaces that require institutional access, links will take you directly to an authentication page where you can log in with your UMD ID. Installing this browser button may speed up your off-campus access. If you are using this syllabus for individual study and cannot access the texts, contact me (alothian at umd dot edu) and I will happily share files with you. If you are able to use institutional journal subscriptions, though, please do, as this helps authors to see that they are being read as well as supporting the work of journals publishing feminist and queer scholarship.

Week 1: 8/29
Setting Intentions and Collective Worldmaking

Opening reflection due: Monday 9/4 or the Monday after you join the class.

Unit 1: Foundational Critical Race Feminisms

Week 2: 9/5
Praxis as Theory: Black Feminist Groundwork

Week 3: 9/12
Networks and Bridges: US Women of Color Feminism

Week 4: 9/19
Feminist Subjects 1: Gendering Bodies

Week 5: 9/26
Feminist Subjects 2: Agency and Voice

Contextual Exploration Due: Monday September 30

Unit 2: Intellectual Worldmaking and the Politics of Knowledge

Week 6: 10/3
Trans Worldmaking, Representation, and Everyday Violence

Week 7: 10/10
Crip Worldmaking, Bodyminds, and Neurodiversity

  • Alison Kafer, Introduction to Feminist, Queer, Crip (2013)
  • Jasbir Puar, “Bodies with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled” in The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017)
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “Cripping the Apocalypse” in Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (2018)
  • Melanie Yergeau, Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (2018). Read introduction and two additional chapters; we will collaborate to ensure all chapters are read.
  • Mia Mingus, “Hollow” (OB); Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “Children Who Fly” (OB)
    • fiction content notes: institutional violence, ableism, child abuse, PTSD

Week 8: 10/17
Queer Worldmaking, Refusing Respectability, and the Sexual Politics of Racialized Gender

Week 9: 10/24
Class cancelled (Dr Lothian at a conference)
Visionary Speculation Due

Unit 3: Producing Knowledge and Practicing Politics

Week 10: 10/31
Inhabiting Institutions: “Diversity” and its Discontents

Week 11: 11/7
Refusing Settler Logics: Indigenous Knowledge and Radical Resistance

  • Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor” (2012)
  • Leanne Betasomosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance (2017)
  • Leanne Betasomosake Simpson, “Gezizhwazh” (2016); adrienne maree brown, “the river” (OB)

Preliminary Research Meetings

Week 12: 11/14
Pleasurable Politics: online discussion

  • adrienne maree brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (2018)

Preliminary Research Meetings

Week 13: 11/21
Black Feminisms Redux: Worldmaking After Intersectionality?

  • Jennifer Nash, Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (2019)
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M Archive: After the End of the World (2019)

Post Project Draft for Online Peer Workshop: Friday Nov 22

Week 14: 11/28
Thanksgiving Break: No Class

Post Peer Drafts: Tuesday Dec 3

Week 15: 12/5
Project Presentations

Comment on Peer Drafts: Monday Dec 9

Thursday December 12: Final Projects and Closing Reflections Due