Spring 2018

Queer Theory and Practice

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-220

Moodle site: Course


Riley Caldwell-O'Keefe (Section 01)
Sue G. Englehardt (Section 01)
Megan B. Lyster (Section 01)
Biddy Martin (Section 01)
Khary O. Polk (Section 01)


“Queer Theory and Practice” is an interdisciplinary methods course designed to complement the existing SWAG core sequence. Using theories and approaches from the discipline of performance studies, the explicit mission of the seminar is to acquaint students with the study of LGBT history, politics, and culture while also strengthening student research skills in four overlapping areas: archival research, close-reading, performance analysis, and community engagement-as-activism. Course activities include working in the Amherst College Frost Archives, the production of a performance piece, and structured engagement with contemporary LGBT activism in the Pioneer Valley and the larger world.

Requisite: SWAG 100 or similar Five College intro to gender and sexuality courses. Recommended requisite: SWAG 200, 300, 330, or 353.  Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Polk.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to SWAGS majors


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020