Fall 2023

Contemporary Debates: Gendered Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-407  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-400


Amrita Basu (Section 01)
Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 400 and POSC 407) The topic will vary from year to year. This seminar explores when and how women and LGBTQ communities resist domination across racial, class, and national divides. We will examine varied and changing expressions of agency and modes of activism—through art, poetry, literature, cinema, and electoral politics. We will devote particular attention to how the growth of right-wing nationalisms globally influences the character of resistance. Which modes of protest challenge dominant narratives of the nation? What alternative imaginaries do they offer? What impact do they have on our feminist futures?

Limited to 25 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professors Basu and Shandilya.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to SWAGS and POSCI majors and then to juniors and seniors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, and visual analysis.

POSC 407 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM FROS 211

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Limits of the World Jennifer Acker Amherst Books TBD
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Adichie Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024