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Cultural Studies Program

Courses :: CULS C701 Topic: Gender, Citizenship, and Belonging

Gender and sexuality offer a valuable lens through which to analyze recent challenges to existing citizenship regimes around the world.  Drawing on a growing body of interdisciplinary scholarship in gender and sexuality studies, history, legal studies, anthropology, political science, and cultural studies, this course will examine the role of gender and sexuality in changing im/migration trends, techniques and technologies of border regulation, and modes of citizenship.  We will analyze citizenship as both an official, legal status and a form of belonging produced through everyday practices, affective ties, and social relationships.  Through attention to the contentious nature of regulatory practices and struggles over citizenship, we will explore how diverse claims to belonging have emerged over time in relation to identity politics, state classificatory schemes, national imaginaries, and the shifting borders of nation-states.