Rel 198 (AAS 198, WGSS 198, GS 198) Identity Wars and the Battle for Authenticity (4)

As identities proliferate, so does the battle for recognition, power and authority. From race, religion, citizenship, sexuality, law, class, gender, etc., – societies around the world engage in an endless struggle over and for authenticity, access, control, and influence in competing spheres of significance (i.e., popular culture, academic discourse, virtual reality). We’ll explore what’s at stake in ensuing global culture wars and what strategies help construct and maintain identity claims/positions by applying various intellectual projects/approaches to popular cultural source material.  (HU)

Instructor: 
Prof. Monica Miller
Spring
2015