Spring 2016 HIS 467: African Families
This course studies how Africans have defined and achieved family and family connections along with ways that states have attempted to use family–as metaphor, ideal, and unit of political and social organization-to organize African life from the 17th century to the present.
Spring 2016 HIS 387: Gender, Sex, Power (South Asia)
This course investigates constructions of gender relations as power relations, as well as perceptions of sexuality in South Asia as historical phenomena from the seventeenth century to the present. Subjects include: cultural conceptions of family; notions of same-sex desire; law, tradition, and reform; the making of gender relations across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they were informed by colonialism and nationalism.
Spring 2016 HIS 393: Word Art
This course examines print & digital texts that combine words & images, but it is not a course in mass communications. Instead, we’ll study some of the most complex and subtle word/image interactions, including ekphrasis (poems about pictures), illuminated books, graphic memoir, and digital poetry. ENG 393: Word-Art is a double hybrid: a study of words & images via critical & creative writing. The course inhabits both print and digital realms: meet in a classroom & blog on this website; draw in notebooks & write for web publication; hack print books & design a Davidson Domain.