WOMENSTD 606 - Refugees of a World on Fire: Women of Color and Transnational Feminisms
Section: 001 Critical Ethnography
Term: FA 2011
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is a course in critical ethnographic research. It draws upon critical Feminist, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Post-colonial theoretical approaches. It will be divided into two parts. In Part One, we will study critiques that have scrutinized the relations of power underpinning conventional ethnographic methods. This overview will interrogate concepts such as “the field,” “the community,” or “culture” that are often taken for granted in traditional humanities and social science research. We will explore the politics of representation; relationships between ethnography, literature, media, and performance; ethnographic accountability to peoples’ struggles for self-representation and self-determination; ethnographic betrayal and refusal; and how colonialism, imperialism, race, class, gender, and sexuality shape relations between “researcher” and “subject.” We will explore critical methodological alternatives that rely on concepts of locality, performativity, discourse, subjectivity, and articulation and the study of fields of power that are local and global in scope. In Part Two, we will explore methods relevant to students’ research interests. Students will be required to develop methodological approaches related to their current research agendas.

WOMENSTD 606 - Refugees of a World on Fire: Women of Color and Transnational Feminisms
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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