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UB Graduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2021

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GGS 661SEM - Special Topics-Prob Of Life Fem/queer Biopoli
Special Topics-Prob Of Life Fem/queer Biopoli VAR Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   22520   Enrollment Capacity:   15
Section:   VAR   Enrollment Total:   14
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   1
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   W , 12:40 PM - 3:20 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
This graduate seminar interrogates the question of what counts as "life," and how life enters and leaves the world. By examining literary and cultural artifacts alongside works of theory, this seminar takes up emerging conversations in feminist and queer thought advancing new theorizations of biological life and the material mechanisms of reproduction. Taking the idea of reproduction as anything but straightforwardly "natural" or inevitable, and instead as something deeply strange which cannot be fitted into any unitary historical trajectory, we will explore how life makes more of itself, and how processes of generating life make bodies vulnerable to various kinds of state regulation and violence. Texts and topics will include: Shakespeare's Macbeth; Mel Y. Chen's Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect; Toni Morrison's Beloved; the feminist theory of Karen Barad, Jane Bennett, Rosa Braidotti, Jack Halberstam, Myra Hird, and Sophia Roosth, among others; political debates around abortion, stillbirth, infanticide, and death; and the criminalization of pregnant and birthing bodies, particularly Black bodies, in the United States.
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