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GWSS 374 A: Introduction to Transgender Studies

GWSS 374 Introduction to Transgender Studies - Instructor Mediha P. Sorma
Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:50am - 1:00pm
CDH 101
Mediha Sorma

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This course offers a selective introduction to transgender studies as an emerging field of inquiry and 'transgender' both as a gender identity category and as an analytic. The main objective of this class is to complicate the definitions of sex and gender by blurring the pre-scripted distinctions between "women" and "man". We will engage with movies, videos, ethnographic work, autobiographical writing to expose and challenge binary understanding of gender.

Trans identity will be complicated with sexuality, race, class, ability, history, and location, which entails an intersectional and decolonial lens. Some of the questions we will be elaborating on are: How did 'trans' emerge as a historical subject? What is the impact of medicine on the construction of trans identity? Why did transgender studies emerge as a field of inquiry while Queer studies was supposed to address the issues related to LGBTQ community as an umbrella field? In what ways does it make an intervention to feminism and queer theory? What are the limitations and benefits of 'trans' as an umbrella category for gender-nonconforming people?

Catalog Description: 
What does it mean to look beyond a simplistic binary of "man" and "woman"? With definitions of sex and gender as a starting point, we blur these contested categories, complicating them with sexuality, race, class, ability, history, and location.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:15pm