- Ethics in Community Engagement, Concordia University
This course examines the ethics, practices, and processes of working within and alongside of communities. Examining both theoretical and practical texts, case studies, and site-visits in the area of feminism and sexuality, the course will prepare students to enter into the Practicum experience.
- Transnational Sexuality Studies, Concordia University
This course examines the emergence of sexuality and sexual identities, sexual politics, and sexual rights discourses in the transnational sphere. Examining global emergences of violence and inequality regarding sexuality, and their attending social movement practices, the course uses critical approaches to sexuality that challenge the normalization of sexual liberation as a universal value. Posing a central question facing contemporary studies of sexuality, the course asks: how do we respond to sexuality-based violence and inequality within the context of social, economic, and geopolitical differences produced by colonialism, imperialism, and globalization? Emerging out of gay liberation, decolonization, anti-war, and feminist and queer critiques of globalization, we will investigate what it means to think about sexuality in global and transnational contexts. Looking at both critical theories and social movement practices, the course builds on the tensions between sometimes contradictory or competing ways that sexuality is studies transnationally.
- Introduction to Sexuality Research, Concordia University
This course offers practical and theoretical considerations over the use of different research methodologies in sexuality research, with opportunities to practice multiple methods throughout the course. The course will prepare students to: critically examine research methodologies and outcomes in research on sexuality; and practice, experiment with and explore various methods to consider the opportunities, challenges and impacts that specific methods have on sexuality research.
- Queer Feminism, Concordia University
This course examines texts in queer and feminist theory and the corresponding social, political, cultural, and economic dimensions of queer feminism spanning the period from the late 1970s to the present. The course investigates how queer feminism engages with both feminist and queer theories and concepts, while also considering the particular contributions that queer feminisms have served in shaping ideas around gender, sexuality, embodiment, family, and desire. Drawing on social movements, artistic practices, political debates, and research and thinking in feminist and queer studies, the course investigates how shifting ideas around gender and sexuality have shaped, and been shaped by, the practices and politics of queer feminisms.
- Transnational Feminisms, University of Pittsburgh (2018)
This course examines the emergence of transnational feminisms in both feminist social movement practices and theories of difference. It poses a central question facing contemporary feminism: how do we move forward with the project of feminism given the challenges of social, economic, and geopolitical differences? Emerging out of Black feminist thought, women of color critique, and feminist critiques of globalization, transnational feminisms introduces the central theoretical debates shaping feminist concepts—such as intersectionality and feminist solidarity—and the challenges of practicing feminism in global and transnational contexts. Looking at both the theory and the practice, the course builds on the tensions between sometimes contradictory or competing ways that transnational feminisms are theorized and represented in contemporary feminist thought and activism.
- Transnational Feminism and Digital Media, University of Toronto (2016)
This course examines the role of digital media in shaping contemporary transnational feminist politics and how digital media is in turn shaped by transnational feminism. Looking at contemporary feminist cultural practices, social movements and current events in the landscape of digital media, the course considers how new practices of feminist politics coincide with new technologies of governance and communication in a digital age.
- Masculinities and the Human in an Age of Terror, University of Toronto (2016)
This course considers the ethical, political, aesthetic, affective and discursive approaches to examining masculinities in what we will call an “Age of Terror;” a period marked by the beginning of the “War on Terror” (2001-present) and made possible through the history of Western imperialism and colonialism. We will examine the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which masculinities shape and are shaped by the conditions of state securitization, war, terrorism, and violence in its spectacular and mundane forms. In particular, we will interrogate how masculinities and violence become key facets through which sexuality is deployed and negotiated in the period of late modernity.
Turning from the threat of the terrorist body and Orientalist constructions of gendered subjectivity of racialized masculinities, this course considers how the human is reconfigured in contemporary global politics of war and terror. The course will take up these questions in current events, literary and artistic productions, and film.
- Diverse Masculinities, Wilfrid Laurier University (2014-2015)
This course examines diverse masculinities through feminist, gender and queer approaches that interpret masculinity as a shifting feature of gendered embodiment and social, political and cultural production. It considers how marginalized, transnational, and diverse forms of masculinities both shape, and are shaped by: conditions of violence, through practices of racism, colonialism, and war; transnational, diasporic and indigenous contexts; and neoliberalism, globalization and nationalisms.