Spring 2024

Queer of Color Critique: Theory and Practice

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-301  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-301


Khary O. Polk (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 301 [US] and SWAG 301) This interdisciplinary methods course explores the emergent field of Queer of Color Critique, a mode of analysis pioneered by LGBTQ people of color. Using theories and approaches from the discipline of performance studies, the explicit mission of the seminar is to acquaint students with the history, politics, art, and activism of queer and trans people of color while also strengthening student research skills in four overlapping areas: archival research, close-reading, performance analysis, and community engagement. Course activities include working in the Amherst College Frost Archives, the production of a performance piece, and structured engagement with contemporary LGBTQ activism in the Pioneer Valley and the larger world.

Requisite: BLST 236 / SWAG 235 Black Sexualities or similar 200-level gender and sexuality course or consent of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Polk.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to SWAGS majors and Black Studies majors.

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

BLST 301 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM COOP 101


Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020