Race, Sex & US Military

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2019
Subject Name: 
Sexuality Wmn's & Gndr Studies
Course Number: 
347
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as BLST 347 [US] and SWAG 347) From the aftermath of the Civil War to today's "global war on terror," the U.S. military has functioned as a vital arbiter of the overlapping taxonomies of race, gender, and sexuality in America and around the world. This course examines the global trek of American militarism through times of war and peace in the twentieth century. In a variety of texts and contexts, we will investigate how the U.S. military's production of new ideas about race and racialization, masculinity and femininity, and sexuality and citizenship impacted the lives of soldiers and civilians, men and women, at "home" and abroad. Our interdisciplinary focus will allow us to study the multiple intersections of difference within the military, enabling us to address a number of topics, including: How have African American soldiers functioned as both subjects and agents of American militarism? What role has the U.S. military played in the creation of contemporary gay and lesbian subjectivity? Is military sexual assault a contemporary phenomenon or can it be traced to longer practices of sexual exploitation occurring on or around U.S. bases globally?

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Polk.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
BLST-347-01,SWAG-347-01
Schedule #: 
SWAG-347-01-1920F

Course Sections

Race, Sex & US Military
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Khary Polk kpolk@amherst.edu TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM