SCCT Courses AY 19-20

Core Courses

Fall 2019

SCCT 500: Introduction to Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Monday, 5-7:30pm
Dr. Jill Koyama, Educational Policy Studies and Practice and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies

This core course introduces students to classic and emergent intellectual theoretical frames through readings, writing, and discussions. It also explores how these theories are applied or enacted across multiple fields to address and study contemporary issues. Emphasis will be placed on theories that attend to the multiplicities or “mangle” (messy intersectionality) of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. UA faculty who engage with particular theories will come to speak in the course in seminar style.

Spring 2020

SCCT 510: Problems in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Politics of the Archive/s

Dr. Anita Huizar-Hernández, Spanish and Portuguese and Dr. Jamie A. Lee, School of Information

Tracing what's been called 'the archival turn' in a large number of disciplines, this graduate seminar centers the archive/s as both the conceptual 'archive' and the material 'archives' to make sense of the tension that arises within transdisciplinary deployments, translations, and interpretations of what might be considered 'archival.'  Drawing from a range of theoretical, methodological and analytic approaches to archive/s --from archival studies, the humanities, feminist and queer studies, and Latinx and Critical Indigenous studies --, we aim to explore together the seeming neutrality and simplicity of the archive/s in order to enact both a politics of recovery and an intervention into singular and dominant histories.  Through hands-on archival production and research, students will interrogate the archive/s through 1) the Colonial, 2) the Postcolonial, and 3) the Decolonial frameworks to study the material consequences of the political projects of archive/s, archiving, and remembering.



Fall 2019

ENGL/LIS 544: Media Archaeology
Tuesday, 3:30-6pm|
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, English

This course explores the moving image as evidence across the disciplines, from Film Studies to History to Anthropology, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities. The course breaks the semester into three successive parts: 1) Background: a survey of historical and contemporary media theory, moving image narrative, and basic film theory; 2) Methodologies: methods, materials, and approaches to researching moving image documents, including identification and use of technologies, descriptive metadata, primary and archival source materials, and oral history techniques; 3) Applied Practice: students will identify, research, and document an assigned film or films from local archival collections that relates to their topic area, thereby building skills in and methodologies of defining and determining visual media as evidence. The semester’s work will culminate in an in-house Media Archaeology symposium.    

I am expecting to co-convene with a parallel course at the Colegio de San Luis, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. There will be opportunities for shared projects and collaborations as well as binational discussion of materials and methodologies.


GWS 696M: Gender, Sexuality and International Migration
Wednesday, 3:30-6pm
Dr. Eithne Luibheid, Gender and Women’s Studies

Focusing on contemporary migration across international borders, we explore how migration contributes to the production, contestation, and remaking of dominant gender and sexual norms as these articulate hierarchies of race, class, and geopolitics. We particularly examine how the selection, incorporation or “illegalization,” and governance of migrants provide occasions for contesting, renegotiating, or affirming dominant gender and sexual norms; how migrants contest multiple exclusions and refashion identities, communities, and politics through gender and sexuality; and how transnational social fields, grounded in histories of empire and global capitalism, shape and are reshaped by these processes. We link these changes to other kinds of flows across borders, including of capital, goods, information, images, and technology. Moreover, we historicize and critically interrogate the formation and function of nation-state borders in relation to the regulation of sexualities and genders at multiple scales. We also analyze the circulation, impact, and contestation of hegemonic discourses about gender and sexuality that affect migration possibilities and materially impact on migrants’ lives. We consider how these processes also implicate people who do not migrate but are nonetheless affected by the dynamics of transnational migration and its governance.


SPAN 571: Visual Culture, Performance, and Political Life in the Americas
Tuesday, 3:30-6pm
Dr. Kaitlin Murphy, Spanish and Portuguese and Chair of SCCT

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of visual and performance theory via examination of some of the foundational texts, tracing various genealogies of the field and considering links to various disciplines/modes of inquiry (anthropology, theater studies, dance studies, gender studies, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, etc.). Throughout, the course will introduce students to a range of contemporary artists and activists working in the Americas. Additional interrelated themes will include affect, human rights, memory, immigration and borders, power, resistance, and intersectional body politics.