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Sujata Moorti

Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

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Sujata Moorti is Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College.  She has published extensively on media representations of gender, sexuality and diasporic formations.  She is currently completing a manuscript on iFeminism where she teases out the ways in which social media are altering understandings of feminism around the world.  In this manuscript she explores the transnational circuits of activism and knowledge production that social media technologies engender, altering our conceptions of gender and agency.  She is completing two other monographs on gendered violence.  She is the author of Color of Rape: Gender, Race and Democratic Public Spheres (SUNY Press, 2002) and has co-edited Global Bollywood: The Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and Local Violence, Global Media: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations (Peter Lang, 2009).  She teaches courses on feminist cultural studies, diasporic media studies, and postcolonial theory.

 

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FMMC 0256 / WAGS 0256 - British Crime Drama      

British Crime Drama
What makes British crime drama different from its American counterpart? Using gender, race, and sexuality as the primary lens, students will tease out the signature features of the British television genre. Through an examination of historical and contemporary shows, students will discern how cultural differences and Britain’s specific histories of empire and colonialism inflect the crime stories that are told. In particular we will use the crime drama to understand Britain’s encounter with modernity and how this is reflected in aesthetic choices.

ART EUR SOC

Spring 2013

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FMMC 0264 / GSFS 0264 / WAGS 0264 - Indian Cinema Romance      

Indian Cinema: Romance, Nation, and Identity
In this course we will use the lens of romance to examine the world's largest film-making industry. Focusing primarily on Hindi cinema produced in Bombay/Mumbai, we will examine the narrative conventions, aesthetic devices (such as song-dance sequences), and other cinematic conventions that are unique to Indian films' narration of romance. Through a historical overview of films from the silent, colonial, and post-colonial eras into the contemporary era of globalization, we will track how the family is configured, the assignment of gender roles, and how national identity is allegorized through family romance. The course includes weekly screenings of films, which will be sub-titled in English. 3 hrs. lect.

AAL ART SOC

Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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FMMC 0507 - Independent Project      

Advanced Independent work in Film and Media Culture
Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the Film & Media Culture web site along with a list of prerequisites.

Spring 2012

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FMMC 0707 - Senior Independent Work      

Senior Honors Project in Film and Media Culture
During the first term of their senior year, students with a GPA of A- in film and media culture courses may apply to undertake a senior project (FMMC 0707) for honors, with the project to be completed the last term of the senior year.

Spring 2011, Spring 2012

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FYSE 1320 - Visual Culture and Science      

Picturing Science, Imaging Truth: Visual Culture of the Real
Images, photos, and film are key to our understanding of the world, yet we tend to take these representational practices for granted. Focusing on visual culture of the sciences we will explore the historical link between imaging practices and our perceptions of what is real and what is true. We will analyze the specific strategies through which scientific truth, objectivity, and empiricism are signaled through images across different media. Some questions animating the course are: How do images convey truth? How is the human body represented in science, medical culture, and popular culture? How are race, gender, sexual difference, and the animal-human divide depicted in science?

CW SOC

Fall 2010

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GSFS 0200 - Foundations in GSFS Studies      

Foundations in Women's and Gender Studies
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Examining gender and sexuality always in conjunction with the categories of race and class, the course foregrounds how inequalities are perpetuated in different fields of human activity and the creative ways in which groups have resisted these processes. The course is organized in sections to illuminate the effects of particular social institutions and structures on individual lives. Each section will introduce a broad overview of feminist interventions in different fields of inquiry. Cumulatively, the course reveals the importance of gender and sexuality as analytical categories to understand social reality and to comprehend important areas of culture. 3 hrs. lect.

CMP SOC

Fall 2013

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GSFS 0320 - Topics in Feminist Theory      

Topics in Feminist Theory
The course offers an overview of some key feminist texts and theories that have shaped the analysis of gender and sexuality. Each semester the instructor will choose a particular topical lens through which to examine some of the foundational theoretical texts that have animated the field of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Working within a transnational perspective, the course encompasses texts which fall under the categories of critical race and critical sexuality studies. (GSFS 0200 or SOAN 0191) 3 hr. lect.

CMP SOC

Spring 2014

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GSFS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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GSFS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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GSFS 0710 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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IGST 0406 / GSFS 0406 / JAPN 0406 - The Global Sixties      

The Global Sixties: Exploding Visual Cultures
In this seminar we will explore the global upheavals of 1968 through the transdisciplinary lens of visual culture. Through a focus on architecture, film, and art we will unpack the political, social, and cultural climate that helped to define1968. Signature features of this historical moment such as the anxieties of modernism, feminist, sexual, and race-based movements, and postcolonial formations will be studied in sites and aesthetic experiments around the globe. While 1968 is often seen as uniquely Western, we will explores the implications of this epochal moment as it plays out in India, Brazil, Japan, and other non-Western centers of cultural production. This course is equivalent to JAPN 0406 and GSFS 0406. 3 hrs. sem.

ART CMP

Fall 2013

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INTL 0706 - MES Senior Thesis      

African Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Spring 2011

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010

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WAGS 0200 - Foundations in W & G Studies      

Foundations in Women's and Gender Studies
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies. Examining gender always in conjunction with the categories of race and class, the course foregrounds how inequalities are perpetuated in different fields of human activity and the creative ways in which groups have resisted these processes. The course is organized in sections to illuminate the effects of particular social institutions and structures on our gendered lives. Each section will introduce a broad overview of feminist interventions in different fields of inquiry. Cumulatively, the course reveals the importance of gender as an analytical category to understand social reality and to comprehend important areas of culture. 3 hrs. lect.

CMP SOC

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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WAGS 0262 / SOAN 0262 - Mobile Women      

Mobile Women: Transnational Work Patterns
The course examines women's work in the formal labor sectors to offer a critical perspective on contemporary local and global patterns. The materials will cover concerns that are central to women in the United States such as the glass ceiling, the wage gap, and the pink-collar ghetto. The course will also offer a transnational perspective through an analysis of the central role migrant female laborers have come to play in the global economy. This section will cover issues such as the traffic in domestic workers, nannies and sex workers. We will interrogate how feminist theories are able to accommodate the uneven development of women's rights at the global and local levels. Through a few case studies students will also be introduced to alternative work patterns established by groups such as the greenbelt movement in Kenya and SEWA in India. 3 hrs. lect.

CMP SOC

Spring 2012

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WAGS 0320 - Topics in Feminist Theory      

Topics in Feminist Theory
The course offers an overview of some key feminist texts and theories that have shaped the analysis of gender and sexuality. How have feminist theories addressed the issues of romance, desire and sex? Working within a transnational perspective, course materials will examine: (1) how the concepts of choice, freedom, and agency translate in different cultures; (2) the concept of gender identity and the viability of the category woman in different locales; and (3) the political economy of romance, desire, and pleasure . In each section the readings will locate feminist theories in relation to histories of colonialism and postcolonialism, as well as theories of nationalism and globalization. (WAGS 0200 or SOAN 0191) 3 hr. lect.

CMP SOC

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

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WAGS 0336 / FMMC 0336 - South Asian Diaspora      

From Bollywood to Hollywood: Gender and the South Asian Diaspora
In this course we will examine the South Asian diasporic experience in Britain and the United States. We will consider this along two dimensions. First, we will examine how this experience has been represented in popular culture, specifically in film and other visual media. Second, we will examine the role of gender in shaping these experiences. Do men and women understand and apprehend this diasporic identity differently? If so, how?

ART CMP NOR SOC

Fall 2011

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WAGS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013

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WAGS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Essay
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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WAGS 0710 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013

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