Rutgers University, Part-Time Lecturer

Gender, Digital Media, and Social Curation, Spring 2017

Course Description:

Curation, a process almost exclusively associated with museum professionals in the past, has become a mundane endeavor in our digitally-driven lives. While professional curators still occupy a valuable space in our societies, the nature of digital technologies makes the techniques and results of curation more visible and easily appropriated by everyday digital media users. From Instagram to Spotify to Netflix, digital media offer a range of possibilities for curating  experiences for ourselves and others.

This course covers a range of theoretical approaches from gender studies, media/cultural studies, and digital humanities to explore and engage in processes of social curation. The course encourages and challenges students to find and analyze mundane examples of curation and to consider the connections between social curation and categories of difference.

Feminist Practices, Summer 2016 and Spring 2015

This course examines feminist efforts to bring about social change through a variety of practices including, but not limited to, theoretical interventions, formal politics, and cultural production.  Drawing from examples of feminist praxis, students will develop a broad understanding of feminist activism – from writing poetry to organizing around labor to expanding notions of reproductive rights. Additionally, students will be able to make connections between feminist knowledge production and activism, incorporating feminist theories into their own research and social action projects.

Introduction to Race, Gender, and Sexuality (formerly Women, Culture, and Society), Summer 2016 and Summer 2015

This course is designed to introduce students to key concepts and themes in women’s and gender studies. Using theoretical frameworks within feminisms, students will gain analytical tools in order to examine how patriarchy and privilege work in conjunction to create, maintain, and normalize hierarchies of difference along the lines of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation. Students will be challenged to evaluate methods and systems of oppression, understand the ways in which we are all situated within these structures, and think critically about ways to combat and dismantle these structures.

Students will engage with these concepts through a variety of texts as well as through creation of multimedia content (blogs, videos, photo projects, etc.).