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COURSE CATALOGUE : FISHER CENTER

The Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice
The Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice, located in Demarest Hall, supports curricular, programmatic and scholarly projects focused on gender equity and social justice. The Center was endowed with a gift from Emily Fisher P’93, L.H.D. ’04 and the late Richard Fisher P’93, to further the Colleges’ commitment to equality, collectivity, and mutual respect.

Each year, the Center’s activities are focused around a central theme. The Center sponsors four to six Faculty Research Fellows engaging that theme in their scholarly work. It also funds a lecture series that brings to campus scholars, artists, and activists relevant to the year’s themes. Invited lecturers typically meet with the Research Fellows and visit classrooms. Recent themes have included Gender, Collectivity, and the Common; Campus War Machine: Sex and Debt; Gender, Climate, and the Anthropocene; No Place Like Home; and, Futures of Revolution.

The Fisher Center houses a library of work by Fisher Center speakers and fellows as well. On occasion, the Center offers interdisciplinary courses coordinated with its yearly theme. (See Courses of Instruction.)

The Center is led by a director, as well as an interdisciplinary Steering Committee composed of students and faculty.

FSCT 201 Capitalism Interrupted 'To work something out,' 'it works for me!,' 'it's in the works': our daily language is impregnated with ideas of work that rely on movement as functionality. To work means to submit to the unstoppable rhythms of capitalist production, moving on in spite of the adversities. If you can't keep up, you're out! Then, what kind of values do we attribute to something not working? And what does it look like when we consider these values as they relate to people, the unemployed, the sick, the old or the disabled? As much as we may think we need to stop, who wants to be regarded as unable to take on even more work? Or worse, who wants to be considered lazy or dysfunctional? Contrariwise, when we turn to the worker's struggle and the feminist movement, we find that to stop, to strike, to work-to-rule, to hold picket lines, ultimately, to block and decelerate production and movement are actions that have positive values. In other words, what works is to make things not work. In this course, we will read texts that deal with different forms of interruption in capitalism such as Riot, Strike, Riot by Joshua Clover, Logistics, Counterlogistics and the Communist Prospect¿ by Jasper Bernes, and The Neoliberal Reason by Veronica Gago. We will also watch films and documentaries such as The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie by Patricio Guzmán or the Assembly Line by Li Xiaofei, and we will combine these materials with a few field studies. In order to move from a historical and cultural analysis of forms of interruption (i.e. strikes, blockades, slowdowns) towards an experimental approach, students will also participate in The Experimental Laboratory of Movement and Sabotage.

FSCT 202 Can’t Buy Me Love: The Commodification of Everyday Life What does it mean when you pay someone to look after your elderly parents, clean your house, walk your dog or even to spend time with you? In today’s service-based economy, it is strikingly difficult to think of a service or activity that one cannot buy, from the more mainstream care and cleaning services; to the more specialized services of sex workers; doulas; therapists, beauticians, dating and relationship assistants, personal assistants, trainers and shoppers. One of the defining features of neoliberal capitalism has been the transformations that have occurred to labor and life, in which the male breadwinner and his ‘non-working’ housewife have been replaced with new and differently problematic ideals. In this course we will consider how the proliferation of commodified forms of reproduction has had a profound effect on where such work takes place and how the expansion of markets has also disrupted previously naturalized discourses of what can and ought to be bought and sold.

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.