TRANSNATIONAL SEXUAL POLITICS
This course develops students' understanding of diversity and global issues in relation to sexuality and sexual identities in a transnational context. More than just assuming that sexuality and sexual identities are stable across different historic periods and geo-political contexts, this course approaches sexuality and sexual politics from the perspective that there are diverse ways that people express their sexuality across time and place, and that these expressions are embedded in politics of contestation, resistance, and liberation connected to histories of colonialism and contemporary conditions of globalization. Looking at social movements, global conflicts, violence, activism, and socio-legal frameworks, the course investigates how sexuality, sexual identities, and sexual politics are much more diverse across the globe than popularly understood. Looking specifically at the relationship between sexuality and colonialism, race and racialization, gender identity, ethnicity, globalization, neoliberalism, and citizenship, the course introduces students to texts that interrogate the assumption that sexuality is stable, coherent, or universal; instead, these texts argue that sexuality is diverse across history and geography, and a key facet of both human self-expression and global politics.