Gender, Bodies, Power

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Gender, Bodies, Power

Spring 2021

Taught By: Tatiana Llaguno Nieves

Section: A

CRN: 7671

Credits: 4

This course will explore gender and power through the category of the body. Due to the preeminence of “reason” and to its constructed opposition to the body in traditional understandings of the political, the latter has suffered a systematical and unfair relegation in the study of politics. Among other discourses, feminism has been recognized for having conferred the body its deserved place, identifying it as a central category of analysis. But what is a body? How do we confer meaning to it? Is the body private or public? What is political about it, if anything? This course will explore these salient questions following the intersectional relationship between gender, race, class and sexuality. During the semester, we will compare case studies from abortion to sex work, from trans politics to social reproduction, including surrogacy and the punishment and incarceration of gendered and racialized bodies. Ultimately, the goal will be to examine how the body, oftentimes instrumentalized as a site of oppression, can be also mobilized as a mode of resistance and for the purpose of collective liberation; that is, be transformed into a political battleground. By the end of this course, students should be able to identify the sociocultural dimension of the body, to situate the narratives around it in a historical and global context, and to assess the limits and radical potentialities of a politics of embodiment.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 12:21am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1008

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021