Great Course for Summer Full Term


Summer 2018


Instructor: Mediha P. Sorma

Email: medihasorma

Class Schedule: TTH 10:50-1:00 pm GLD 117

Office Hours: T 1:30pm-2:30pm and by appointment

Meets in: Padelford Hall, room B 111

Course Description: This course offers a selective introduction to transgender

studies as an emerging field of inquiry and ‘transgender’ both as a gender identity

category and as an analytic. The main objective of this class is to complicate the

definitions of sex and gender by blurring the pre-scripted distinctions between

“woman” and “man”. We will engage with movies, videos, ethnographic work,

autobiographical writing to expose and challenge binary understanding of gender.

Trans identity will be complicated with sexuality, race, class, ability, history, and

location, which entails an intersectional and decolonial lens. Some of the questions

we will be elaborating on are: How did ‘trans’ emerge as a historical subject? What is

the impact of medicine on the construction of trans identity? Why did transgender

studies emerged as a field of inquiry while Queer studies was supposed to address the

issues related to LGBTQ community as an umbrella field? In what ways does it make

an intervention to feminism and queer theory? What are the limitations and benefits of

‘trans’ as an umbrella category for gender-nonconforming people?

Laura H. Marquez

Pronouns: she/her

Academic Counselor

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

University of Washington

Box 354345 / B110-K Padelford / Seattle, WA 98195

(206) 543 6902 /

Mondays & Thursdays 9:30-2:30, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12:00-5:00


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