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FMS Summer Syllabus
July 25 - August 5, 2005


Taught by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and English, Spelman College and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women’s Studies and the Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University

25 July, Monday: 9 am to noon
Introductions, and State of the Field(s) Discussion

1) Paula Moya, “Introduction” from Reclaiming Identity, Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism, ed. Paula M. L. Moya and Michael Hames-Garcia, University of California Press, 2000
2) Rosemary Garland Thompson
"Feminist Disability Studies" in SIGNS, Volume 30, No. 2, Winter 2005
3) Amina Mama,
"Shedding the Masks and Tearing the Veil: Cultural Studies for a Post Colonial Africa," in Engendering African Social Sciences, ed. by Ayesha Imam, Amina Mama, and Fatou Sow, CODESRIA Book Series, 2002
4) Sylvia Marcos,
“The Borders Within: The Indigenous Women’s Movement and Feminism in Mexico,” in Waller and Marcos eds., Dialogue and Difference, Feminisms Challenge Globalization, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005

Monday 2 pm: Library Orientation

26 July, Tuesday: 9 to 11 am
Framing the Global

1) Shari Stone-Mediatore, "Storytelling and Global Politics" from her Reading Across Borders, Storytelling and Knowledges of Resistance, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003
2) Catherine A. Lutz and Jane L. Collins, “The Color of Sex: Postwar Photographic Histories of Race and Gender in National Geographic Magazine,” in The Gender/ Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy, ed., Roger N. Lancaster & Micaela di Leonardo. New York: Routledge, 1997
3) Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes Revisited, Feminist Solidarity Through Anti-Capitalist Struggles," from Mohanty, Feminism Without Borders, Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Duke University Press, 2003

11 am to noon: Participant project presentations (2)

Tuesday evening: Yvette Abrahams, Project Manager, Institute for Historical Research, University of the Western Cape, S. Africa, Film showing and discussion: The Hottentot Venus

27 July, Wednesday: 9 to 11 am
Framing Girlhood

1) Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood, 1994
2) June Jordan, Soldier, A Poet’s Childhood, Basic Books, 1999
3) Achy Obejas, We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This: Stories, Cleiss Press, 1994

11 am to noon: Participant project presentations (2)

Wednesday 3-5 pm: Workshop/Reception--FMS organized panel on professional skills

28 July, Thursday: 9 to 11 am
Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles

Guest Speaker: Paula Moya, Dept of English, Stanford University
Paula Moya, “Introduction: Identity in the Academy and Beyond, “ and “Learning How to Learn from Others: Realist Proposals for Multicultural Education,” from Moya, Learning From Experience, Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles, University of California Press, 2002

11 am to noon: Participant project presentations (2)

Thursday afternoon: An Introduction to the FMS Research Project

Thursday evening picnic for seminar participants and incoming FMS colloquium folks.

29 July, to 31 July, 2005: FMS Colloquium

31 July, Sunday: 10 am to noon: Transnational Feminisms Panel

Kavita Panjabi (India),
Yvette Abrahams (South Africa),
Gail Lewis (UK),
Michelle Elam (USA),

Moderator/Chair: Linda Martin Alcoff (USA)

2 August, Tuesday: 9 to 11am
Global/Cross-Cultural Sexualities

1) Patricia Zavella, “Playing with Fire”” The Gendered Construction of Chicana/Mexicana Sexuality,” in The Gender/Sexuality Reader, pp 392-408
2) “Introduction” by Monika Reinfelder; Gertrude Fester,
“Lesbian Lobby: Apartheid’s Closet”;
Liz Frank and Elizabeth Khaxas,
“Lesbians in Namibia”;
Tina Machida, “Sisters of Mercy” from Amazon to Zami: Towards A Global Lesbian Feminism, ed., Monika Reinfelder. London and New York: Cassell, 1996
3) Gloria Wekker, “One Finger Does Not Drink Okra Soup: Afro Surinamese Women and Critical Agency,” in Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures, eds., M. Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, New York: Routledge, 1997.

11 am to noon: Participant Project presentations (2)

Tuesday 2 to 4 pm: Guest Speaker, Johnnetta Cole,
President, Bennet College

" Personal is Political" from J. Cole and B. Guy-Sheftall, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities, New York: Random House, 2003

3 August, Wednesday: 9 to 11 am
Global Black Feminisms

1) Carole Boyce Davies, "Claudia Jones: Anti-Imperialist/Black Feminist Politics" in Decolonizing the Academy
2) Beverly Guy Sheftall, "Speaking For Ourselves: Feminisms in the African Diaspora" in Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies, ed. by Carole Boyce Davies, African World Press, 20032)
3) Obioma Nnaemeka, “Nego Feminism: Theorizing, Practicing, and Pruning Africa’s Way,” Signs, vol. 29, no. 2, Winter 2004.
2)Patricia McFadden, “African Women Em Body ing Feminism,” at

11 am to noon: Participant Project presentations (2)

Wednesday: 2 to 4 pm: Guest Speaker, Gail Lewis, Professor of Women's Studies, University of Lancaster, UK

Gail Lewis, “Welcome to the Margins: Diversity, Tolerance and Policies of Exclusion,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, May 2005

4 August, Thursday, 9 to 11 am
Feminist Identities, Global Struggles

1) Jasbir Puar and Amit Rai, "Monster, Terrorist, Fag: The War on Terrorism and the Production of Docile Patriots," in Social Text 72, Vol. 20, No. 3, Fall 2002
2) Julia Sudbury, "Introduction: Feminist Critiques, Transnational Landscapes, Abolitionist Visions," from Global Lockdown, Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, ed. by J. Sudbury, Routledge, 2005
3) Linda Evans, "Playing the Global Cop," in Global Lockdown, 2005
4) Zillah Eisenstein, “Feminisms from Elsewheres: Seeing Polyversal Humanity,” in Eisenstein, Against Empire, Feminisms, Racism and the West, Zed Press, 2004

11am to noon: Participant Research Projects (2)

Thursday Afternoon: 2 to 4 pm:
Participant Research Projects (4)

Thursday Evening: Film night: Days of Rage, or Women Organize!, or the U.N. and the Peacekeepers, or Cross talk, Arab Feminist Conversations

5 August, Friday, 9 to 11 am
Mapping Radical Futures

1)Corinne Kumar, "South Wind: Towards a New Political Imaginary," in Dialogue and Difference, Feminisms Challenge Globalization, ed. by M. Waller and S. Marcos, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005
2) Rachel Lee, “Notes from the (non) Field, Teaching and Theorizing Women of Color,” Meridians, Volume 1, No. 1, Autumn 2000

Wrap Up

Friday afternoon closing picnic/reception



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