T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Arizona State University
UCLA INDEPENDENTLY TAUGHT COURSES
Latinx Feminist Thought Seminar, Spring 2017
Latinx Feminist Thought
What does it mean to disappear—from the pages of history, from your own humanity, from systems of oppression? This seminar is created with the foundational assumption that Latinx feminists have created a body of knowledge about our lives and visions of liberation that is not fully known or valued. What is Latinx feminist thought? What are its origins? Why does it matter for intersectional movements for global justice? To address these questions, we will synthesize the ideas and experience of indigenous, Afro-Latinx, trans and gender-nonconforming, Caribbean, Central American, and Mexican-origin feminists. Our overarching goal in this seminar will be to collectively identify the foundations of a pan-ethnoracial Latinx feminist framework. As a political and theoretical intervention in feminist scholarship and movement, we will use the term “Latinx” as an inclusive term for queer, gender nonconforming, straight, and cisgender people of Latin American descent. In a political moment marked by expanding modes of violence toward queer, immigrant, and women of color, we will interrogate the social processes that marginalize Latinx feminist perspectives in the academy while exploring the theories created by these scholars to imagine social worlds beyond our own.
In addition to creating a curriculum centering the voices of indigenous, Afro-Latinx, Central American, trans and gender-nonconforming, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-origin Latinx feminists, I teach students how to conduct oral histories of Latinx and donate those stories to California Latinas for Reproductive Justice as a means to use the institutional opportunities in the academy to support activist work. Click here for the syllabus.
Selected Midterm Resistance Projects, Latinx Feminist Thought, Spring 2018:
What is the task of sociology? How does it contribute to critical understandings of individuals, groups, social institutions, and society more broadly? In this class, we will explore the basic principles of sociology, including central theories, methodologies, and research topics. We will approach these topics by looking at the inequalities produced in U.S. society at the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, immigration, and sexuality. By developing sociological imaginations, you will learn to recognize how individual decision-making and life chances are shaped by and shapes how society is organized via social institutions like the media, family, and education. Given that knowledge production takes many forms, we will draw on media sources to supplement the lessons from the readings. Throughout this course, we will seek to “make the familiar strange” by examining daily social behavior and processes often taken for granted through a sociological lens. Click herefor the syllabus.