Epistemologies of Gender
Description: Lecture/discussion, three hours. Focus on debates concerning methods of inquiry in gender and sexuality studies and exploration of intersections of feminist studies, masculinity studies, and queer studies. Debates and interventions concern interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist methods and changing boundaries of field over time. Exploration of critical tools to utilize and interrogate existing methodologies. Issues include examination of how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by processes of knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms, and importance of intersectional, standpoint, and queer theory as critical research tools and as responses to issues of power, domination, oppression, and other loci of identities and difference. May be repeated once for credit with instructor change. Letter grading.