Bodies, Gender, and Domination

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Bodies,Gender, and Domination

Spring 2018

Taught By: Chiara Bottici

Section: AX

CRN: 5688

Credits: 4

Why do people fight for their own servitude as if it were their own deliverance? This is a question that has been at the heart of philosophy for a long time under the heading of voluntary servitude, ideology or, more recently, domination. The aim of this seminar is to explore how gender theories have proved capable of addressing such a problem in a way that challenged some of the most established tenets of the Western philosophical canon. In particular, we aim to explore the role that the body, as the site of specific predicaments, plays within it. We will proceed through a close analysis of key texts of Marxist feminism, anarchafeminism, psychoanalytic feminism, queer and postcolonial theory, and we will apply these readings to concrete examples of lived experience brought about by media analysis and clinical psychoanalysis. In particular, we will explore how these issues are spoken about in today's world in the news and media, from the heralded return of the gender wars (thinking of issues surrounding rape and the discourse around sex), the commercialization of transgenderism and queer culture, the abundance of TV shows that focus on women, especially in the genre of reality television, some exposing the place of domination in women's lives, others exhibiting new forms of domination as the call to spectacle. This class is co-taught by the philosopher Chiara Bottici and the psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster as part of the Civic Liberal Arts program.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 8:30pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1009

Date Range: 1/25/2018 - 5/10/2018