Affective Fictions: Gender Ideology and Racial Fragility in Contemporary Politics

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Affective Fictions

Summer 2021

Taught By: Elzbieta Matynia

Section: A

CRN: 2662

Credits: 3

We live in (yet another) age of backlash against feminism’s victories: reproductive rights have been rolled back, global alliances have been formed to attack sexual rights and reinstate religiosity, and gender studies courses – along with critical theory and queer studies – are being starved of funding or dismantled altogether. This course addresses the fictions that attend to this new politics, rooted in fear and loss, and with powerful material effects. We will consider the ways in which racism is woven into the founding myths of nations in Europe and North America, as well as some postcolonial countries. We will ask whether feminism itself is complicit in foregrounding the concerns of white women at the expense of people of colour, and the affective languages that are imbricated in dominant forms of feminism. We will think through the kinds of affective and political strategies that might weave together different types of democratic and radical demands. This course will count towards the requirements of the New School Gender Studies Minor and the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: July 6, 2021 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 15, 2021 (Thursday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:05am 10/17/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Times: 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 7/6/2021 - 7/19/2021