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Spring 2017-2018
AMS 301 / ENG 432 / GSS 338 / ASA 301 (SA)   na, npdf

Science Fiction and Fact

Tala Khanmalek

How does science fiction challenge "facts" about the biology of race, gender, sexuality and other categories of difference? This seminar explores the ways in which contemporary sci-fi that centers the experiences of marginalized communities reconceptualizes the techniques and technologies of social differentiation. The readings couple a sci-fi text with work by scholars across disciplines who have drawn attention to the reemergence of race as a biological rather than social category in genetics and genomics research.

Sample reading list:
Nnedi Okorafor, The Book of Phoenix
Dorothy Roberts, Fatal Invention
Larissa Lai, Salt Fish Girl
Kim TallBear, Native American DNA
Walidah Imarisha & Adrienne Maree Brown, Octavia's Brood
Alondra Nelson, The Social Life of DNA

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approx. 100 pp reading per week. 6 - page midterm essay, 12 - page final paper, In-class presentations, Podcast

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
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Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43338 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:11 Limit:15