Gender Across Cultures
Sex and gender radically shape the world, from our personal identities and expressions to the global systems of power. Through diverse cases and contexts, we will explore common myths and cultural constructions of gender and investigate how they intersect with race, labor, sexuality, science, violence, resistance, and other power dynamics. This course will challenge us to consider how gender does not have a stable or fixed meaning, but is variously produced through historical, social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics in which all of our lives are implicated.
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Online Gallery Project
Gender Justice: Anthropology of Activism
Instead of research papers, students in this Spring 2020 course curated websites with galleries featuring research based on a social movement somewhere in the world concerning gender justice. Each researched a particular movement's leaders and supporting organizations, and identified scholarly sources to situate the movement within its broader historical, cultural, and social contexts. Every gallery has an artist's statement detailing how they are thinking anthropologically about the movement and what they wish visitors to notice. Due to the pandemic, an interview component of the project was cut so students could focus on this one exhibit. Here's what they came up with.
List of topics: Third Wave Feminism Project, Women in Sport, Parental Leave in the United States, Gender in Entertainment, Human Trafficking, Music Industry, Women in Pop Culture, Power and Violence, Women in Sports, Gender Equality in Surfing, Fashion for Everyone, The Sound of Women, Femicide, Japanese LGBTQ+, International Women's Day, Workplace Harassment, Gender Equality in the Music Industry, Trans at Work, Environmental Justice, Beauty in America, Gender Representation in Music, Family Leave in the United States