Women Studies/AES 322, Spring 2006
Race, Class, and Gender

Class Schedule
Articles in the course reader are indicated with an R.

Part I: Thinking Conceptually

M  Mar 27

Course Overview
Slide Show: The Face of America [Download ppt]

W  Mar 29  Intersections

Service Learning Presentation
[Download UW Service Learning Overview handout]
Ziba Kashef, “Newsflash: Race and Class Matter.” R
William H. Frey, Bill Abresch, and Jonathan Yeasting, “How Americans Classify Themselves.” R
Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex.” R
Marilyn Nelson, “Sisters.” R

LINKS: The following links provide demographic data on the US population according to race, class, and gender
US Census Website
NY Times Special Series: "Class Matters
Social Class in the US"

Kimberlé Crenshaw and "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex"

•   Crenshaw shows us how intersectionality theory developed in order to understand a very practical problem in law about how to get a case heard. Why does the problem arise this way in law?
•    She reminds us that feminist theory arises from practical problems, rather than any esoteric moral imperative. Theoretical conceptualizations emerge not from some abstract realm but through material conditions.

Intersectionality: The necessity of recognizing the many strands that make up identity; for example, the ways in which sexism and racism are intertwined in the identities of women of color.

M  Apr 3  Race

Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “Racial Formations.” R
Tram Nguyen, “The New Racial Profiling.” R

LINK: Tram Nguyen is the executive editor of ColorLines magazine.

FILM: Dir: Sut Jhally. 1996. Race: The Floating Signifier. (62 min.)

This film presents a lecture by Cultural Studies scholar Stuart Hall delivered at Goldsmith's College in London in 1996. Arguing against the biological interpretation of racial difference, Hall asks us to pay close attention to the cultural processes by which the visible differences of appearance come to stand for natural or biological properties of human beings. Drawing upon the work of writers such as Frantz Fanon, he shows how race is a "discursive construct" and, because its meaning is never fixed, can be described as a "floating signifier."

Transcript of film highlighting Hall's key points.

W  Apr 5  Race and Gender

Marilyn Nelson, “Diverne’s House,” “Balance,” “Chosen,” “Chopin.” R
Octavia Butler, Kindred, Prologue-The Fall.

LINKS: Octavia E. Bulter Home Page and NPR Interview (2001)
Marilyn Nelson's Home Page

Class Presentation Group: Patty Liang, Fernanda Imamura, Megan Cleveland, Chantal Hwang, Kiran Garcha, Wendy Radillo, Justin Chun

M  Apr 10  Feminism (and Science Fiction)

Octavia Butler, Kindred, The Fight-Epilogue.

Thinking about Time Travel & Cultivating Historical Consciousness: An Overview of Some Race and Gender Issues in U.S. Law [Download ppt]

LINKS: PBS Interactive Site on the "Rise and Fall of Jim Crow"
Spike Lee Presents-The Confederate States of America: The Movie

Class Presentation Group: Tayka Hesselgrave, Matthew Borjeson, Mary Parker, Anne Paulsen, Kristi Holden, Carly Eyler, Linden Wright

"The starting-point of critical elaboration is the consciousness of what one really is, and is 'knowing thyself' as a product of the historical process to date, which has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory."

- Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks (written during his imprisonment in Italy for opposition to Mussolini, 1929 until his death in 1937)

Edward Said thus quotes Gramsci in Orientalism, and continues: "The only available English translation inexplicably leaves Gramsci's comment at that, whereas in fact Gramsci's Italian text concludes by adding, 'therefore it is imperative at the outset to compile such an inventory.'"

Learning about how intersecting cultural constructions of race, class, and gender function in society can help us see more clearly the infinity of traces deposited within ourselves and begin to compile our own inventories. From knowledge comes the power to question and change social inequalities.

W  Apr 12  Gender and Sexuality

Joan Scott, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” R
Judith Butler, “Performative Subversions.” R
Jonathan Ned Katz, “The Invention of Heterosexuality.” R
Evelynn Hammonds, “Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality.” R

Class Presentation Group: Naomi Mueller, Zarah Hablero, Candace Vig, Brittany Gardin, Martina Kartman, Melissa Davis, Jessica Norberg

M  Apr 17  Class and Race

Julie Matthaei, “Why Feminist, Marxist, and Anti-Racist Economists Should Be Feminist–Marxist–Anti-Racist Economists.” R

Class Presentation Group: Ryan Hunt, Katy Carter, Laura Pfleiger, Jennifer Trotter, Virginia Echeverria, Kelsey Mussman, Amy Patterson

Kristy's definition of intersectionality from her class discussion of Julie Matthaei and intersectionality economics:

Our experiences of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality intersect to produce a social location that is equal to more than just the sum of its parts. Any individual within the social order experiences different forms of privilege and subordination, depending on their race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. Because each of these constructs is hierarchical, intersecting forms of domination produce both oppression and opportunity.

[Download selected overheads from Kristy's lecture.]

W  Apr 19  Identity, Intersectionality, and Sovereignty

Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins.” R
Patricia Zavella, “Reflections on Diversity among Chicanas.” R
Lisa Duggan, “Making It Perfectly Queer.” R
Marie Anna Jaimes Guerrero, “Civil Rights versus Sovereignty: Native American Women in Life and Land Struggles.” R

Class Presentation Group: Monisha Singh, Anna Fidgeon, Taylor Karnofski, Madeline Hopkins, Nada Ayesh, Michael Witherspoon

Hard copy (printed, typed) due at the beginning of class on W

M  Apr 24  Midterm


FILM: Taggart Siegel. 1987. Blue Collar and Buddha. (57 min.)

W  Apr 26

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” R
Ruth Frankenberg, “Whiteness as an ‘Unmarked’ Cultural Category.” R
Matt Wray and Annalee Newitz, “Introduction,” White Trash: Race and Class in America. R
June Rostan, “Inside-Out and Upside-Down: An Interview with Anne Braden.” R

Class Presentation Group: Colleen Horne, Yordanos Fesehaye, Eric Olson, Ryan Skaggs, Ashley Miller

LINK: What is White Privilege? Video

Part II: Thinking Methodologically

M  May 1  Institutional/Historical Violence

Marilyn Nelson, “Hurrah, Hurrah.” R
Lawson Fusao Inada, “Camp,” “Instructions to All Persons,” “Legends from Camp: Prologue.” R
Janice Mirikitani, “Rabbit Hunting.” R
Sherene Razack, “From the ‘Clean Snows of Petawawa’: The Violence of Canadian Peacekeepers in Somalia.” R

W  May 3  Representation & Agency

GUEST SPEAKER: Carol Baker, "Carmen Mochizuki v. The United States of America" (Oral history project from winter quarter)

Joanne Barker, “Beyond Pocahontas.” R
Michelle Habell-Pallán, “‘¿Soy Punkera,Y Que?’: Sexuality, Translocality, and Punk in Los Angeles and Beyond.” R


M  May 8  Intersectional Difference in the Classroom

Julie Bettie, Women Without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity, Chapters 1-3.

Class Presentation Group: Brittany Gunther, Lupita Sanchez,  Jaime Gross, Lisa Bedle, Lisa Hirata

W  May 10  Border Work

Julie Bettie, Women Without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity, Chapters 4-7.

Class Presentation Group:
Shanah Pike, Kirsten Peterson, Hodo Mohamud, Paige Truong, Laura Bott

M  May 15  Transnationalism at Home

Janice Mirikitani, “Ghost of the I Hotel.” R
David Bacon, “Looking for Common Ground.” R
Aihwa Ong, Buddha Is Hiding, Introduction & Part I.

W  May 17  Keeping the House from Burning Down

Aihwa Ong, Buddha Is Hiding, Part II.

Class Presentation Group: Sarah Gombos, Kirsten Hawkins, Amy Han, Molly Levin, Blake Shaw Phillips, Kimberly Calkins


M  May 22  Citizenship

Aihwa Ong, Buddha Is Hiding, Part III & IV.

Class Presentation Group:
Rachtha Dahn, Mai Truong, Sherrie Belt, Catherine Nahapetian, Melissa Pauley, Carolyn Rough

W  May 24  Production/Consumption Politics

Priti Ramamurthy. “Why Is Buying a ‘Madras’ Shirt a Political Act?” R
Ryan Pintado-Vertner, “From Sweatshop to Hiphop.” R

M  May 29  Memorial Day: No Class


W  May 31
  Final Project Feedback/Buzz Groups



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