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Carly Thomsen

Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies

 work(802) 443-5785
 Fall 2021: Mon 4-7 pm by Zoom
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 315



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

GSFS 0203 - Performing Repro Politics      

Performing Reproductive Politics: The Jane Collective on Stage
In this project-based course on reproductive politics, students will produce Paula Kamen’s play Jane: Abortion and the Underground. In so doing, students will learn about various reproductive issues by focusing on reproductive justice activism involving the creation of art and performance. Students may act in the play, or may do other work related to its production, such as working on set, costumes, lighting design, or creating a web presence related to the project. No prior experience required. . ART SOC WTR

Winter 2020

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GSFS 0269 / AMST 0269 - Beyond Intersectionality      

Beyond Intersectionality: Developing Anti-Racist and Anti-Capitalist Feminisms
Nearly thirty years ago, Kimberlé Crenshaw published the theory of “intersectionality,” in which she argued that racism and sexism collide to make black women’s marginalization distinct from those of both white women and black men (1989). Today, the terms “intersectionality” and “intersectional feminism” are ubiquitous, utilized by scholars, activists, artists, and our students. In this course, we will consider how discourses of and ideas about intersectionality move between and among spaces of dissent. Starting from the position that it is more epistemologically and politically powerful to state that our feminism is anti-racist and anti-capitalist than to say it is “intersectional,” we will address the following questions: What are the benefits and limits of the original theory of intersectionality? How are academic and activist approaches alike both emboldened and limited by intersectionality? What does it mean to be socially and politically conscious, and how do we move from consciousness to action in ways that are not siloed? Texts may include Crenshaw’s “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women” (1989) and Ange-Marie Hancock’s Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016). (Critical Race Feminisms) 3 hrs. lect. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2019

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GSFS 0289 - Introduction to Queer Critique      

Introduction to Queer Critique
In this course we will examine what is meant by queer critique through exploring the concepts, issues, and debates central to queer theory and activism both in the U.S. and around the world. We will work to understand how queerness overlaps with and is distinct from other articulations of marginalized sexual subjectivity. We will consider how desires, identities, bodies, and experiences are constructed and represented, assessing the ways in which queer theory allows us to examine sexuality and its raced, classed, gendered, geographic, and (dis)abled dimensions. Through engaged projects, we will practice how to translate and produce queer critique. 3 hrs. lect./disc.*This course is part of the Public Humanities Labs Initiative administered by the Axinn Center for the Humanities.* AMR CMP NOR SOC

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2022

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GSFS 0329 - Politics of Reproduction      

The Politics of Reproduction: Sex, Abortion, and Motherhood
In this course we will examine contemporary reproductive issues both in the United States and around the world. We will work to understand both how reproductive politics are informed by broader cultural ideas regarding gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and geography and also how ideas about reproduction reinforce conceptions of these very identity markers and ways of experiencing the world. Because requirements for being considered a “good” woman are intimately tied to what it means to be a “good” mother, challenging dominant understandings of gender and sexuality requires critical engagement with ideas about reproduction. 3 hrs. lect. (Critical Race Feminisms, National/Transnational Feminisms)/ AMR CMP CW NOR SOC

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

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GSFS 0420 - Representing Reproduction      

Representing Reproduction: The Politics of Reproduction 2
In this project-based seminar on reproductive politics, students will construct materials related to an animation about abortion that is being produced in the Middlebury Animation Studio. These materials may include a podcast, website, or game. Extending the discussions we had in GSFS 329: The Politics of Reproduction, we will also view popular cultural representations that focus on reproductive issues in the United States (such as television series, films, etc) and examine broader discussions of these representations (in blogs, podcasts, etc). Doing so will allow us to produce materials that both draw from academic discussions of reproduction and push beyond the limits of these texts for addressing contemporary reproductive politics. (GSFS 0329) AMR CW NOR SOC WTR

Winter 2019

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GSFS 0435 - Feminist Engaged Research      

Feminist Engaged Research
What makes research feminist? How does one conduct feminist research? How has feminist research been useful to social movements and how have movements informed feminist research? What happens to feminist research when it moves to the public sphere? In this class students learn how to produce original feminist research—how to craft research questions, write a literature review, choose relevant methodologies, and collect and analyze qualitative data. In addition to writing a research paper, students will translate their research findings into an alternative (non-academic paper) format and for an audience beyond our classroom. (GSFS 0320 or instructor approval). 3 hrs. Sem. AMR CW NOR SOC

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2021

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GSFS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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GSFS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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GSFS 0710 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Chellis House Women's Resource Center
56 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753