Spring 2018

Transgender Ethnographies

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-353  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-353

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Sahar Sadjadi (Section 01)


(Offered as ANTH 353 and SWAG 353) This course offers a cross-cultural study of gender transition and transgression. We will explore ethnographic studies of gender non-conforming lives in a variety of contexts around the world. Students will be encouraged to approach gender transition and gender non-conformity, and the role of the body in the production of sex and gender, through the synthesis of feminist, queer, and transgender theories. In addition to questions of appearance, body and identity, we will explore the social production of gendered roles, activities and relations across class, race, caste and religion. We will analyze the discursive and material conditions that have enabled the emergence of the category of “transgender” and its relation to other cultural categories of gender non-normative personhood. Finally, we will discuss the role of Western medical ideologies and technologies in shaping subjectivities as well as the convergence and divergence of medical diagnosis and identity. This seminar requires group student presentations during the semester and completion of an individual research project.

Requisite: SWAG 200 or its equivalent in gender and sexuality studies. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Sadjadi.

If Overenrolled: Preference to SWAGS and ANTH majors, juniors and seniors.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Research


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