Welcome to the Spring 2012 course blog for Feminist Theory: Imagine Otherwise–an undergraduate course in the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh!

This blog is the main course management system for the class, and contains all assignments, readings, policies, handouts, projects, and a blog that students post to on a weekly basis. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for these materials.

For more information or questions, email Dr. Cathy Hannabach at channabach [at] gmail.com.

Course Logistics:


TuTh 11 am-12:15 pm, 2201 WWPH

Instructor: Dr. Cathy Hannabach, channabach [at] gmail.com

My Office: 2402 WWPH

My Mailbox: 2208 WWPH

My Office Hours: W 3:30 – 5:30 pm & by appointment

Course Description:

This course will familiarize students with the debates, key concepts, and conflicts that have informed contemporary articulations of feminist discourse. Rather than presume the content of the term “feminist theory,” the course will interrogate the politics of what and who is attributed to this name in an effort to work through the political, cultural, economic, and academic work that this term does. Through discussion, class presentations, and research assignments, students will explore the varied ways gender, feminism, and theory are produced through constellations of nation, race, citizenship, sexuality, and class in different historical and cultural contexts. The course will foreground the relationship between theory, social justice, and activism and explore how these can be mutually-informing projects.

Topics covered will include the production of racialized, gendered, and sexualized bodies through cultural technologies; biopower; marxism and dialectical materialism; liberalism, social contract theory, and their critiques; the prison-industrial-military-education complex; feminism in/and/of war; citizenship and mobility; art and social justice projects; and the role of theory and activism in the remaking of social imaginaries. Students will be responsible for using, critiquing, and transforming the ideas presented in order to imagine, research, and articulate their own intellectual projects.

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