AMST 286: Queer Activism and Radical Scholarship

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Prof. Margot Weiss
Fall 2016
Email: mdweiss@wesleyan.edu
Make an appointment to meet with me: http://calendly.com/margot-weiss

This course explores the relationship between scholarship and activism, with a focus on intersectional radical queer scholarship and activism—queer left, black radical, trans, immigration, prison abolition, and sex work—in the US. We will aim to connect the too-often bifurcated realms of academia and activism, theory and practice, research and action so that we might think through the political stakes of knowledge-making in and outside the so-called “ivory tower,” explore interdisciplinary methodologies we might use to study and learn from (and with) activists (including ethnography, oral history, community archive), and gain insight into the histories and current realities of social justice movements, campus activisms, the work of a radical imagination, art and activism, the impasse of the political present, and more. To put your theory into practice, you will undertake a semester-long radical research project on a queer issue or activist organization—past or present—of your choice.

 This course is part of the Queer Studies Course Cluster and the queer studies concentration in American Studies. It is cross-listed with Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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