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Introduction to the History of Sexuality (HI2G5-15)

This second year module offers an introduction to the history of sexuality. We will explore some key topics such as sexual violence, sex work, race and colonialism, kinship, prison, archives, and queer and trans history in global framework. The students will be introduced to how to historicize human sexuality, that is to find out how intimacy and gender mean various things over time and space, race and class, etc. This seminar will stress focus on newer, feminist history of sexuality that operates from a constructivist standpoint, that is, we cannot project our contemporaneous understanding of the meaning of sexual orientation and intimacy into the past, and always ask: what did it mean to various people? The course will also address contemporary important debates such as #metoo and intersectionality.

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