Current and Future courses (extended abstracts at bottom of page)
Winter 2018
GER 241 –  The German Drama: The Anti-Aristotelian Tradition, Gail Finney W 2:10-5 pm CRN: 74255
MUS 210C – Proseminar in Ethnomusicology, Henry Spiller
AHI 190/290 – Cultural Heritage in Wartime Professor Watenpaugh M 2-5 PM
CRD 249  – Innovative Media and Community Development  Professor Jesse Drew
PFS 259 – Trans Feminist Performance: Queering Ecology Jean Vaccaro R 12:10-3:00PM Wright 222 CRN: 75171
PFS 259 – Voice For Performance Margaret Kemp W 12:10-2:30PM Della CRN: 75471
PFS 259 – First Person: Embodiment and Performativity in Virtual Reality Patrick LeMieux W 3:10-6:00PM Sprocket 201
PFS 265A (CRI 200C) – History of Critical Theory, Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli T 12-3 PM 203 Wellman CRN: 48501
EN 290 – Creative Writing: Hybrid Writing Practices Corin, Lucy Time: R 12:10-3:00 120 Voorhies
PFS 265C (NAS 224) – Performance in the Americas Zoila Mendoza T 2-5 PM Hart Hall 2405
CDM 163 – Between the White Cube and the Black Box Fiamma di Montezemolo T/R 12-3 PM Shrem Museum CRN: 46036
EDU 230 – Critical Race Theory in Education, Patricia Quijada
W 11:10-2 PM Academic Surge 2377 CRN 74682
WMS 201 – Feminist Science and Democracy.  Sara Giordano M 2 – 5 PM Hart 1208.
CRN 198 (undergrads): 72675
CRN 298 (grad students): 72688
Feb. 8, 9, 19. Thursday 12 to 3. Friday 3-6pm, Saturday 12-6pm.
Feb 15, 16, 17. Thursday 12 to 3 Friday 3-6pm, Saturday 12-6pm.

Spring 2018
MUS 221 – Topics in Music History, Carol Hess
MUS 223 – Ethnomusicology, Juan Diego Diaz
CRI 200C – Sovereignty, Kriss Ravetto


Fall 2017
MUS 210B – Proseminar in Musicology/Criticism, Beth Levy
PFS 298 Sec. 10 – Performance Writing, Jon D. Rossini
W 12:10-2:00 PM Wright 222 CRN: 54493
DES 225 – Studio Practice in Design, Glenda Drew
M 9-11:50 AM Cruess Hall 256
AHI 200A – Visual Theory, Professor Watenpaugh
TR 3:10-6 PM

STS 200 – Theories and Methods in Science and Technology Studies, Colin Milburn
T 9 AM-12 PM STS Seminar Room (SS&H 1246)
REL 230F- Visual, Cultural, Media Technology Circulation of Culture: South Asian Documentary Cinema, Gargi Sen W 3:10-6:00 PM
GER297 – Graduate Film Studies; The Case of Cinema in Germany, Professor Fisher
ENL 280:  Digitizing the Early Modern M 12:10-3:00 PM

Spring 2017

WMS 200B 001 – Feminist Research – Rana Jaleel
MUS 221 – Music and Nature/Ecomusicology – Beth Levy
FMS ??? – Graduate Film Studies: The Case of Cinema in Germany  – Jaimey Fisher
DRA 158 – Tactical Performance – Lawrence Bogad

Winter 2017
PFS 259 / DRA 253 – Larry Bogad – Approaches to Collaboration: Performance of Non-Fiction – Wed 10-12:50pm
PFS / DRA 265A –  Lynette Hunter –  M 2:10 – 5, Wright 220
PFS 259 –  Gina Bloom – Theorizing Media and Performance – W 2:10 – 5, 248 Voorhies
GSW 200A – Feminist Theory – Wendy Ho
GSW  – Beth Freeman (ENL) –
CRI 200A – Kris Fallon (CDM) – Approaches to Critical Theory –  Wednesdays, 2:10-5:00pm
ANT 210 – Cristiana Giordano (ANT) – Affect and Representation
Fall 2016
PFS 200 – Fiamma Montezemolo (CDM) – (Core) Methods and Matters – Tue 2:10 – 5 PM
ANT 210 – Joseph Dumit (STS/ANT) & Joe Masco – Conspiracy/Theory – Wed 12:10-3 PM
ANT 201 – Tarek Elhaik (ANT) – Reading Ethnography – Wed 9-11:50 AM
GER 262 – Gail Finney – Studies in Turn-of-the-Century Culture – Wed 2-5 PM
CST 204 – Christina Perez (visiting scholar) – History and Theory of Sexualities
Art History 200A -Heghnar Watenpaugh – Visual Theory – Wed 2:10-5 PM
ANT ??? – Cristiana Giordano, Greg Perotti – Research, Narrative, and Performance – Weekends (see below)
SOC 292a -Laura Grindstaff – Field Methods – Wed 3:10-6pm
ENL 262 -Danielle Heard – Lady Sings the Blues: Blues, Literature, and Black Feminism


Winter 2016
PFS 259 – Lynette Hunter – Contemporary Performance
PFS 265C – Larry Bogad – Performance and Society
Fall 2015
PFS 200 –  Lynette Hunter – Methods and Materials in Theatre Research
Spring 2015
PFS 265B – Maxine Craig – Signification and Body
Winter 2015
PFS 265A – Lynette Hunter- Modes of Production
PFS 259 – Larry Bogad – Contemporary Performance

Winter 2018 – Abstracts

German 241: The German Drama: The Anti-Aristotelian Tradition (4 Units) [Two-Track: Conducted in English; Readings in Either German or English] Professor Gail Finney Wednesdays 2:10-5 pm    CRN: 74255 Course format: Seminar – 3 hours, Term paper. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Studies German theater that opposes the classical drama of Goethe, Schiller, Grillparzer, and others who adhere to the conventions established by Aristotle’s Poetics. Topics such as the following will be explored: the attractions and limitations of Aristotelian theory; romantic irony in the theater; the proletarian protagonist; politics and drama; the grotesque on stage; the doctrine of epic theater and its sexualization; the dramatic parable; women as playwrights; the critical folk play; socialist feminism and theater. Plays will be illuminated by theoretical and critical writings.

Authors such as the following will be treated:

Georg Büchner
J.M.R. Lenz
Ludwig Tieck
Gerhart Hauptmann
Frank Wedekind
Marieluise Fleißer
Bertolt Brecht
Max Frisch
Elfriede Jelinek

MUS 210C Proseminar in Ethnomusicology, Henry Spiller

This course is designed to impart a working knowledge of the intellectual history and major concepts, premises, theoretical approaches, analytical techniques, and methodologies germane to the field of ethnomusicology as it has evolved in American and international scholarship. The quarter is divided into two sections: (1) shifting definitions of ethnomusicology; (2) an exploration of several basic questions, theoretical premises, and analytical paradigms employed in ethnomusicological scholarship.

Research, Narrative, and Performance: Explorations between the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cristian Giordano. This cluster is open to new students and to those who participated last year, and it can be taken as a 299 for 3 or 4 credits depending on discussions with Professor Giordano. It is a year-long cluster, organized in the format of 2 workshops per quarter. Workshops will either be weekend long or one day long. We will continue working on Unstories, the performance that we did at the end of last year, adding new material to develop it into a full-length event.  Please contact Cristiana Giordano, for more information.

Here below is a shorter description, and attached is a longer one. I will lead most of the workshops with the collaboration of Greg Pierotti, Sarah Hart, and John Zibell.

These are the dates for our Fall workshops:

Saturday/Sunday, October 28-29 (both days 10 am- 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

Saturday, November 4 (10 am- 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

Saturday, November 18 (10 am- 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

Full participation in the cluster’s activities can be taken for 3 or 4 credits per quarter depending on discussion with Cristiana.

PFS 259 – First Person: Embodiment and Performativity in Virtual Reality

Patrick LeMieux (

W 3:10-6:00PM in Sprocket 201

Although the cultures and practices surrounding contemporary videogames often celebrate fantasies of disembodiment–the spectacular image, the dream of immersion, the mastery of control, the black box of technology–the body matters when we play. In this practice-based graduate seminar we will explore and experiment with techniques of embodiment and performativity in relation to virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Engaging both new work in game studies (Darshana Jayemanne, Anne-Marie Schleiner, Anna Anthropy) as well as histories of the technical image (Anne Friedberg, Jonathan Crary, Jacob Gaboury), we will learn the tools and tricks of the trade by building our own VR experiences as theatrical, performative, poetic, or artistic interventions in the culture of twenty-first century immersive technology. To this end we will learn Unity, C#, and OpenVR as well as develop performance-based projects using head-mounted displays.

Designed in proximity to (but not requiring) Stephanie Boluk’s ENL 287: VR vs. Virtual (W12:10-3PM), previous game development or media production experience is not required, but this course will progress at a brisk pace and include hands-on prototyping, in-class discussion, and rigorous critique.

Critical Theory 200C History of Critical Theory
Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli
Tuesdays, 12:10-3:00P
203 Wellman
CRN: 48501

“Political” derives from Greek (politikos, “of, or pertaining to, the polis”). Both Plato and Aristotle understood the polis to be based on a geographically specific collective brought together under common principles and agreements about authority. What constituted the common good, justice, the reach of authority, and the citizen have been open to debate. This course will focus on the emergence and transformation of politics, particularly as it relates to the following concepts: sovereignty, the commons, and the body politic.

Readings from:

Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Politics
Hobbes, Leviathan
Locke, Treatise on Government
Rousseau, Social Contract
Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
Foucault, Discipline and Punishment
Arendt, On Revolution
Scott, Weapons of the Weak
Moten, Undercommons
Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason
Moreiras, selections from Infrapolitics


English 290 – Winter, 2018 Creative Writing: Special Topic Topic: Hybrid Writing Practices

Class Information
Instructor: Corin, Lucy
Time: R 12:10-3:00
Location: 120 Voorhies

Hybrid Writing Practices

This will be a structured workshop course. We divide our time in class between discussing a range of model “hybrid” works, and workshopping pieces you write. “Hybrid” here will include work that upsets or blends characteristics of poetry/fiction/nonfiction; work that is based on the page but includes other media (sound, internet links, performance, image); work that is in sly or direct conversation with other works (such as collage or ekphrastic practices); and collaborative work. You will create writings within at least three of these four areas.

For models, we will read:

Renee Gladman: Calamities
Valeria Luiselli: The Story of My Teeth
Juliana Spahr: That Winter the Wolf Came

I will also distribute shorter exemplary works as we seem to need them in our conversations.

NAS 224 Performance in the Americas

Zoila Mendoza
Tuesday 2-5 p.m.
Hart Hall
Office: Hart Hall 2405
Office Hours: T. R. 12-1 and by appointment
This seminar develops an interdisciplinary approach to the study of public performance in the Americas. It proposes new ways of looking at music, dance, rituals and other kinds of performances throughout the Americas while developing new methodological and theoretical frameworks to the study of society and culture in general.

EDU 230: Critical Race Theory in Education
Professor Patricia Quijada
CRN 74682 Wednesday 11:10-2 Academic Surge 2377
This seminar is designed to enhance students understanding of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as it pertains to education. Critical Race Theory is an analytical framework that provides race-based epistemological, methodological and pedagogical approaches to the study of every day inequalities in education. CRT challenges dominant liberal ideas such objectivity, colorblindness, and meritocracy and shows how these ideas operate to disadvantage people of color and further advantage whites. CRT has been explored, re-articulated, and used by education scholars to recognize the experiential knowledge of communities of color, challenge the educational system’s claims of fairness and neutrality, and examine interlocking forms of oppression. CRT in education can be thought of as a framework that seeks to identify, analyze, and transform those structural, cultural, discursive and interpersonal aspects of education that maintain the racial, gender, and class subordination of students of color.  The seminar will provide an opportunity to examine precursors to CRT, fundamental concepts and methods used in CRT, and preliminary explore Latina/o Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) and Tribal Critical Race Theory (TribalCrit).

PFS 259 – Trans Feminist Performance: Queering Ecology Jean Vaccaro R 12:10-3:00PM Wright 222 CRN: 75171

In our seminar we will explore trans and feminist methodologies alongside the intersection of these categories, sometimes understood as a politic, study, form, performance or tension. Our deployment of ‘trans’ is as a material anchor and conceptual form and politic, a necessary working through of the evolving terrains of taxonomy. Readings are organized by performance theory and biopolitical studies of race and sex, and alongside readings we will welcome artists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, scholar Kyla Schuller, and participate as a seminar in a residency on transplantation of photochemicals with art collective Quimera Rosa. The seminar functions as a working group to collectively think and enact a performance methodology. Creative and experimental pedagogies encouraged.

Class Flyer



HPV DIY Phototherapy Treatment Protocol Workshop
@hatch laboratory
Feb. 8, 9, 19. Thursday 12 to 3. Friday 3-6pm, Saturday 12-6pm.
Feb 15, 16, 17. Thursday 12 to 3 Friday 3-6pm, Saturday 12-6pm.
Credits offered through CRN:
STS 198 (undergrads): 72675
STS 298 (grad students): 72688

In this workshop, Quimera Rosa will guide the group through the steps of creating a DIY/DIWO Performative – laboratory to create different replication protocols, using PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) as an example. The workshop will cover the following topics and activities:


2. HPV (Human Papillomavirus Infection) / PTD (Photodynamic Therapy)

3. Self-experimentation / Performativity as a Mode of Experimentation: “My disease is an artistic creation”
• Deconstruction of the laboratory life: tools, protocols and aesthetics. Performativity of objectivity and knowledge production.
• Tools, experience and experiments on how to ‘put the body’ in the laboratory. Situated knowledges, self-experimentation and transdiciplinarity.
• Questioning the borders: user/expert, subject/object, art/science, health/disease, public/private.

@ Della Davidson Studio, Nelson Hall
Feb. 20-24, 4pm to 9pm.
An installation that will feature processes and products emerging in collaboration with students from the workshop, alongside some of the materials that Quimera have developed throughout this 2 year long artistic research.

Final Performance: Activating the Installation (Transplant + Invited Artists + Workshop Participants)
@ Della Davidson Studio, Nelson Hall
Feb 25, Time TBD
Emerging from their year-long research with biomedical researchers and physicists, their ten-year transfeminist performance trajectory, and following the performance tradition of body-hacking and self-experimentation, Quimera Rosa will premiere a live performance via a test administration of treatment on the condylomas of one of the members of the collective (developed using the PDT protocol developed earlier). In hybrid mode, the performance space will include processes and projects of the people involved in the residency/worshop.

Web Quimera Rosa:
Web TransPlant project:
Wiki “My disease is an artistic creation”:

Spring 2018 – Abstracts

MUS 221 Topics in Music History, Carol Hess

This course explores music of the Americas in terms of reception, politics, and where applicable, cultural diplomacy.

MUS 223 Ethnomusicology, Juan Diego Diaz

For the Spring term I am considering offering a seminar on groove studies where we will explore the following questions: What is musical groove? Why do we feel compelled to move to groove-based musics? What in the music produces the groove effect? and, What meanings do we give to this experience? We will explore these questions from various perspectives including analysis of musical structure, music cognition, embodied experience, and cultural and historical contexts.