CHID 250 C: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

Queering the Race to Reproduction

Course Flyer: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
MGH 251
SLN: 
12598
Joint Sections: 
GWSS 290 B
Instructor:
Jey
Jey Saung

Syllabus Description:

COURSE SCHEDULE:

 

The course schedule is subject to change with advanced notice.

 

 

Week 1

9/27

Introductions

 

 

Monday

Syllabus & Course Introductions

 

hooks, b. “Introduction: Come Closer to Feminism,” in Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (in-class)

 

Muñoz, J. “Introduction”, page 1 (in-class)

 

 

Week 2

10/2—10/4

Intersectional Analyses

 

 

Monday

 

Crenshaw, K. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color”

 

Wednesday

 

 

Somerville, S. “Queer,” in Keywords for American Cultural Studies link or PDF

 

Ross, L., “What is Reproductive Justice?” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 4-5

 

Wellek, A. and Yeung, M., “Reproductive Justice and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Liberation” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 18-19

 

Gonzalez-Rojas, J. and Glasford, A., “Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, p. 19

 

Huang, P., “Made in the USA: Advancing Reproductive Justice in the Immigration Debate” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 20-21

 

Roth, R., “Incarcerated Women and Reproductive Justice” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 22-23

 

Mingus, M., “Disabled Women and Reproductive Justice” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 23-24

 

The Committee on Women, Population and the Environment National Gender, Eugenics & Biotechnology Task Force and CWPE Staff, “Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Reproductive Justice” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, p. 30

 

The Population and Development Program at Hampshire College, “10 Reasons to Rethink Overpopulation” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 31-32

 

Cook, K. “Environmental Justice: Woman is the First Environment” in Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, pp. 32-33

 

 

 

Week 3

10/9—10/11

Historicizing Blackness and Reproduction in the US

 

 

Monday

 

Davis, A., Chapter 1 “The Legacy of Slavery: Standards for a New Womanhood” in Women, Race & Class

 

Roberts, D., Chapter 2 “The Dark Side of Birth Control” in Killing the Black Body

 

Wednesday

Roberts, D., Chapter 5 “The Welfare Debate: Who Pays for Reproduction?” in Killing the Black Body

 

Week 4

10/16—10/18

Theorizing Sexuality and “Queerness”

 

 

Monday

 

Foucault, M., Part 1 “We ‘Other Victorians’” and Part 2 “The Repressive Hypothesis” in The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, pp. 1-49

 

Wednesday

 

Eng, D., Introduction “Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy” in The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy, pp. 1-22

 

 

 

Week 5

10/23—10/25

Women of Color Organizing and Reproductive Justice

 

 

Monday

Luna, Z., “From Rights to Justice: Women of Color Changing the Face of US Reproductive Rights Organizing” in Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings

 

Silliman et al., Chapter 1 “Women of Color and Their Struggle for Reproductive Justice” in Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, pp. 7-30

 

Angelou, M., “Our Grandmothers” in Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings

 

Wednesday

 

Silliman, J. et al., Chapter 2 “The Political Context for Women of Color Organizing” in Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, pp. 31-54

 

Midterm Paper Prompts posted on Canvas

 

Week 6

10/30—11/1

A Queer Politic?

 

 

Monday

 

Spade, D.

Chapter 1 “Trans Law and Politics on a Neoliberal Landscape”

Chapter 2 “What’s Wrong with Rights?”

and Afterword

in Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, & the Limits of Law, pp. 21-49, 139-161

 

Wednesday

Weston, K., Chapter 8 “The Politics of Gay Families” in Families We Choose, pp. 195-213

 

Lehr, V., Chapter 1 “Rights, Freedom, and the Limits of Freedom” in Queer Family Values: Debunking the Myth of the Nuclear Family, pp. 14-42

 

In-Class Film: Paris is Burning

 

Midterm Papers DUE by 11:59pm

 

Week 7

11/6—11/7

Queer Liberalism, Reproduction and the Family

 

 

Monday

 

Eng, D., Chapter 1 “The Law of Kinship: Lawrence v. Texas and the Emergence of Queer Liberalism” in The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy, pp. 23-57

 

Wednesday

 

Rodríguez, J.M., Chapter 1 “Who’s Your Daddy? Queer Kinship and Perverse Domesticity” in Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Belongings, pp. 29-67

 

 

 

Week 8

11/13—11/15

Queer Reproductive Bodies

 

 

Monday

 

Butler, O., “Bloodchild”

 

Karaian, L., “Pregnant Men: Repronormativity, Critical Trans Theory and the Re(conceive)ing of Sex and Pregnancy in Law”

 

Wednesday

 

Mamo, L., Chapter 6 “Affinity Ties as Kinship Device” in Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience, pp. 190-223

 

In-Class Film: TBD

 

Final Project/Paper Proposals DUE by 11:59pm

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9

11/20—11/22

Intersections of Reproductive Technologies, Race and Queerness

 

 

Monday

 

Roberts, D., Chapter 6 “Race and the New Reproduction” in Killing the Black Body, pp. 246-293

 

Wednesday

Mamo, L., Chapter 1 “From Whence We Came: Sex without Reproduction Meets Reproduction without Sex” in Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience, pp. 23-57

Revised Final Project/Paper Proposals DUE by 11:59pm

                                                                                       

 

 

Week 10

11/27—11/29

Queer Futurities

 

 

Monday

 

Muñoz, J., Chapter 1 “Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism” in Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, pp. 19-33

 

Spade, D., Conclusion “‘This is a Protest, Not a Parade!’” in Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, & the Limits of Law, pp. 117-138

 

Wednesday

 

Roberts, D. Chapter 7 “The Meaning of Liberty” in Killing the Black Body, pp. 294-312

 

Week 11

12/4—12/6

 

 

 

Monday

 

No Regular Class: Individual Student Conferences

 

Wednesday

 

Concluding Statements

Final Projects/Papers DUE Friday, December 8th by 11:59pm

 

 

Additional Details:

This course aims to question and “queer” reproduction, typically thought of as a heterosexual, biogenetic, and “natural” process. We will learn about the different ways in which reproduction is taken up through various queer family-building strategies. These could include utilizing sperm/egg donors, surrogacy, and adoption. Particularly, we will be examining how questions of gender, race and class are taken up in the deployment of strategies. The race and class disparities often seen in who can afford to take up these family-building strategies as well as who is providing the labor (e.g. surrogates hired in the Global South) complicate the queering of these strategies. Furthermore, we will explore the implications of future technologies spectacularized in the popular science news, such as merging two eggs to form a blastocyst and uterine transplants. How are we imagining queer reproductive futures? 

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:03pm