Thursday, December 29, 2016

Questioning Human, a senior seminar spr 17

WMST 488K: Questioning Human, a senior seminar spr 17 (UG course)

REQUIRED materials:
• create your own art or design or making KIT of materials. bring to first class to demonstrate, share, get ideas about.

REQUIRED websites to explore, analyze, read, listen to: 
• #LETUSBREATHE Collective:

REQUIRED reading or listening: 
=Handout first day: 
Lothian. 2016. "Choose not to warn." Feminist Studies 42/3: 1-14.
=Free online: 
Marcus. 2015. Self-Care for Activists. Mocana. ASIN BO18W816FW  Free on Amazon.
Svedmark. 2016. Becoming Together and Apart: technoemotions and other posthuman entanglements. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Download Free here: 

REQUIRED books and transmedia required to be bought or borrowed or shared for reading, listening, analyzing: 

• Brown. 2015. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
AK Press. Paper ISBN: 9781849352093  Kindle ASIN: B00USBMIOC  Audible Audio: ASIN: B01DPSB46M  Amazon.
=Companion website:
Xenogenesis Suite: A Musical Tribute to Octavia E. Butler:
Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: the Concert Version:

• Kirksey. 2015. Emergent Ecologies. 
Duke. Paper ISBN: 9780822360353  Kindle ASIN: B0173979J0 Amazon.
=Companion website:

• Chen. 2012. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect
Duke. Paper ISBN: 9780822352723  Kindle ASIN: B00B9AQC2K Amazon.

RECOMMENDED transmedia resources, readings, speculative activisms, worldings: 

• Bateson. 2016. Small Arcs of Larger Circles. 
Triarchy. Paper ISBN: 9781909470965  Kindle ASIN: B01M4N4Q7F Amazon.

• De la Cadena. 2015. Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds. 
Duke.  Paper ISBN: 978-0822359630  Kindle ASIN: B0159YMBJY Amazon.


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What is your Activist Superpower? From Everyday Feminism:

Holding tension.... it's tricky!