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FRENCH 590 B: Special Seminar And Conference

Articulating Animal Studies

Meeting Time: 
M 1:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
MGH 278
SLN: 
14527
Joint Sections: 
CHID 498 B
Instructor:
Louisa Mackenzie
Note: 
Graduate Students Only

Syllabus Description:

 

In a world where suffering and agency can be understood in the workings of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, and sexuality, can and should we also think about the suffering and agency of animals? Is it the privilege of humans whose identity is relatively unmarked—white, affluent, able-bodied, male—to consider animals as “subjects that matter”? If we do, are we invisibilizing or flattening human inequalities? In this course, we will attempt to consider the mattering of non-human animals in a way that intersects with rather than erasing or flattening human differences. We will, as much as possible, center the work of scholars and activists who work at the intersections of Animal Studies and human-oriented critical area studies . This class will meet with French 590, a graduate seminar, and will be conducted at that level. Instructor approval required for undergraduates.

 

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Additional Details:

French 590 B "Articulating Animal Studies"

In a world where suffering and agency can be understood in the workings of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, and sexuality, can and should we also think about the suffering and agency of animals? Is it the privilege of humans whose identity is relatively unmarked-—white, affluent, able-bodied, male—-to consider animals as “subjects that matter”? If we do, are we invisibilizing or flattening human inequalities? In this course, we will attempt to consider the mattering of non-human animals in a way that intersects with rather than erasing or flattening human differences. The class is open to graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences (with priority to French graduates), and to undergraduates in CHID Honors with instructor permission. Taught jointly by Louisa Mackenzie (French) and María Elena García (CHID).

 

Catalog Description: 
Group seminars, or individual conferences, are scheduled under this number to meet special needs. Prerequisite: permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 10:00pm
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