WGS 393 • Representation
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This seminar considers theories of representation current in anthropology, women's studies, and other disciplines as well as a variety of representational practices, especially the representation of collective selves and others in ethnographic narratives, collections, and displays. Among topics to be confronted are the politics and poetics of representation; representation and historical memory; the relationship of representation to objectification and appropriation; postmodern and postcolonial crises of representation; and contemporary experiments in representation.
This seminar requires attentive, critical, and timely reading of the required texts, active participation in class discussions, and participation in a collective experiment in representation. This experiment will take the form of one or more projects prepared for public consumption, e.g. an exhibition, performance, or video. Each student will also be responsible for co-facilitating at least two class discussions and preparing a formal written evaluation of the class's collective experiment in representation. The final grade will be based equally on (1) participation in discussions (including co-facilitation), (2) participation in the collective project, and (3) the evaluation.