Sociology 970 Professor Joane Nagel
Seminar in Ethnicity & Sexuality Office: 723 Fraser
Fall 2005 Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: Tuesday 1-3 pm
and by appointment
August 18 Introduction
"Introduction" in Lancaster & di Leonardo*
"Introduction" in Hodes
August 25 Ethnicities and Sexualities that Matter
Nagel, “Introduction” & Chapter 1
Chapter 21 in Hodes: "Mixing Bodies and Cultures," Henry Yu
Chapter 20 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "The Color of Sex: Postwar Photographic Histories of Race & Gender in National Geographic," Catherine A. Lutz and Jane L. Collins
September 1 Constructing Ethnic & Sexual Boundaries I
Nagel, Chapter 2
Chapter 2 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "Scientific Racism & the Invention of the Homosexual Body," Siobhan Somerville
Chapter 22 in
Hodes: "Miscegenation Law, Court
Cases, and Ideologies of 'Race' in Twentieth Century
September 8 Constructing Ethnic & Sexual Boundaries II
Chapter 15 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "Orgasm, Generation, and the Politics of Reproductive Biology, Thomas Laqueur
Chapter 35 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "Introduction" from Bodies that Matter, Judith Butler
Chapter 20 in Hodes: "The Prison Lesbian," Estelle Freedman
September 15 Sex and Conquest
Nagel, Chapter 3
Chapter 2 in Hodes: "'They Need Wives'," Jennifer Spear
Chapter 4 in Hodes: "The Saga of Sarah Muckamugg," Daniel Mandell
Chapter 5 in Hodes: "Eroticizing the Middle Ground," Richard Godbeer
September 22 Sex and Race
Nagel, Chapter 4
Chapter 6 in Hodes: "'Shamefull Matches'," Peter
Chapter 7 in Hodes: "Lines of Color, Sex, and Service," Sharon Block
Chapter 15 in
Hodes: "Livestock, Boundaries, and
Public Space in
September 29* Sex and Nationalism
Nagel, Chapter 5
Chapter 1 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Gender, Race, and Morality in Colonial Asia," Ann Laura Stoler
Chapter 34 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "Sex Acts and Sovereignty: Race and Sexuality in the Construction of the Australian Nation," Elizabeth A. Povinelli
*PROJECT ABSTRACTS DUE IN CLASS TODAY – bring copies for everyone
*TAKE-HOME MIDTERM EXAMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN CLASS TODAY
October 6 Presentation of in-progress projects
TAKE-HOME MIDTERM EXAMS ARE DUE IN CLASS TODAY, TUESDAY, 10/6
October 13 Sex, War, and Tourism
Nagel, Chapter 6 and Chapter 7
Chapter 24 in Hodes: "Crossing Oceans, Crossing Colors," Jonathan Zimmerman
Chapter 31 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "The Consumption of Color and the Politics of White Skin in Post-Mao China," Louisa Schein
October 20 Sex and Globalization
Nagel, Chapter 8
Chapter 7 in Lancaster
& di Leonardo: "State
Fatherhood: The Politics of Nationalism,
Sexuality, and Race in
Chapter 13 in Lancaster
& di Leonardo: "Seed of the
Nation: Men's Sex and Potency in
October 27 Sex and Race - Contemporary Issues
Chapter 3 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "White Lies, Black Myths: Rape, Race, and the Black 'Underclass'," Micaela di Leonardo
Chapter 28 in Lancaster
& di Leonardo: "Rape and the
Inner Lives of Black Women in the
Chapter 32 in Lancaster & di Leonardo: "The Enterprise of Empire: Race, Class, Gender, and Japanese National Identity," Jacalyn D. Harden
November 3 Project Presentations
November 10 Project Presentations
November 17 Project Presentations
November 24 No Class Thanksgiving Break
December 1 Project Presentations
December 8 Summary and Future Directions
There will be three bases for course grades: a take-home midterm exam, a written and presented project, presentation and participation in discussions of readings one week during the semester.
Exam: The midterm exam is open book, open notes. Presentation dates for readings and projects will be assigned in class. Late assignments/exams will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with me. The midterm exam comprises 35 percent of your grade for this course.
Research Papers: Early in the semester, in consultation with me, you will identify a topic related to ethnicity and sexuality on which to conduct independent research for your class project. Projects take the form of a 20-25 page research paper. The project will comprise 35 percent of your grade for this course.
Class Participation: This class is a seminar, and as such, students will have a central role in the presentation and discussion of reading assignments and in providing feedback on one another's research papers. Each week specific students will be designated to present analyses and critiques of the readings. All members of the class should read and participate in the discussion of all of the readings. Each students will write and present in class a summary and recommendations for revision of a draft of one other student's research paper during "project presentations" in the last few weeks of class. Instructions for these written and oral analyses/recommendations for revision will be distributed in class. Class participation will comprise 30 percent of your grade for this course.
2. Ethical Conduct Expected from Students:
a. Plagiarism is the use of another person's ideas, writings, or inventions as one's own. This involves direct quotes as well as paraphrasing, summarizing, or reconstructing. The best way to avoid plagiarizing is to properly cite all work of others. Proper citation involves the use of quotations marks for quoted material and the inclusion of complete references for all materials used. References should include: Author, title, issue (for periodicals), publisher, year/date of publication, and page numbers of material used.
b. Cheating. This involves plagiarizing published material, the use of unauthorized materials (e.g., notes) during examinations, copying from another's work during examinations or on assignments, and plagiarizing or copying another student's exam or project assignments.
c. The penalty for student ethical misconduct is a failing grade for the assignment in question or a failing grade for the entire course, depending on my determination of the severity of the misconduct.
3. Grading Procedures:
The following will be the basis for your grade in this class:
1. Midterm Exam 35%
2. Project 35%
3. Class Participation 30%
5. Office Hours:
a. My office is 723 Fraser. Hours are Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm and by appointment. I urge you to set up a specific meeting time during these office hours as I am often booked in advance.
b. The best and quickest way to reach me is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please send me an email message after our first class so I can add you to my Outlook address book.
c. My phone/voice mail number is 785-864-4114. My e-mail address is: email@example.com. The Sociology Department telephone number is: 785-864‑4111 and the fax number is 785-864-5280. Please leave a message when you call and include your telephone number and a time I can return your call.
The required books for this course are:
Hodes, Sex, Love, Race (NYU Press, 1999)
Lancaster and di Leonardo, The Gender Sexuality Reader (Routledge, 1997)
Nagel, Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality (
The books for this course are for sale in student, area, or on-line bookstores.