Please read the assigned texts before our synchronous class sessions. This includes the first day’s reading. If you join the class late, catch up as quickly as you can.

We will often move backward and forward in time as we work through concepts and movements, which means you are responsible for attending to dates of publication and considering which ideas authors may or may not have had access to. Pay attention to other contexts too: academic discipline, activist commitment, authorial voice.

Here are two articles on reading scholarship that you might find useful and interesting: Kyla Wazana Tompkins, “We Aren’t Here to Learn What We Already Know,” which describes best practices for deep reading; and Melissa Boone Brown, “How to Read for Grad School,” which discusses how to cope with seemingly-unmanageable reading loads.

Where readings are archived in spaces that require institutional access, links will take you directly to an authentication page where you can log in with your UMD ID. Installing this browser button may speed up your off-campus access. If you are using this syllabus for individual study and cannot access the texts, contact me (alothian at umd dot edu) and I will happily share files with you. If you are able to use institutional journal subscriptions, though, please do, as this helps authors to see that they are being read as well as supporting the work of journals publishing feminist and queer scholarship.

Week 1: 9/2
Setting Intentions and Collective Worldmaking

Opening reflection due: Monday 9/7 or the Monday after you join the class.

Unit 1: Foundational Critical Race Feminisms

Week 2: 9/9
Black Feminist Groundwork

Week 3: 9/16
Intersections and Interconnections

Week 4: 9/23

Week 5: 9/30
Agency and Coloniality

First Assignment (Context) Due: Monday October 5

Unit 2: Queer and Trans Worldmaking

Week 6: 10/7
Queer / of Color Genealogies

Week 7: 10/14
Trans / of Color Genealogies

Week 8: 10/21
Transnational Queer/Trans Politics and Violence

Week 9: 10/28
Justice and Care

Second Assignment (Vision) Due: Monday November 2

Unit 3: Knowledge, Otherwise

Week 10: 11/4
Producing Knowledge in the Wake

  • Avery Gordon, “her shape and his hand” from Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (1997)
  • Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016)
  • Nisi Shawl, “Deep End” (2014)

Week 11: 11/11
Indigenous Knowledge and Radical Resistance

  • Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor” (2012)
  • Leanne Betasomosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance (2017)
  • Leanne Betasomosake Simpson, “Gezizhwazh” (2016); adrienne maree brown, “the river” (OB)

Week 12: 11/18
Inhabiting the University Otherwise

  • Matt Brim, Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University (2020)
  • la paperson, A Third University is Possible (2017)
  • Kai Cheng Thom, “A School for Storytellers” in I Hope We Choose Love (2019); N.K. Jemisin, “Valedictorian” (2014)

Week 13: 11/25
Thanksgiving: No Class

Third Assignment (Affect) Due: Monday November 30

Week 14: 12/2
Coalition and Emergence

Week 15: 12/9
Final Project Workshop

  • Group preparation: read group members’ assignments.

Wednesday December 16: Final Projects, Closing Reflections, and Any Late Work Due