Sunday, April 26, 2015

Salience & Multiplicity: selves & realities, contextual, simultaneous, chosen


Tuesday 28 April– Multiplicitous Self  
• READ: Wekker, Chapters 3 & 4

Wekker, p. 116: "The Afro-Surinamese Winti religion, with its gallery of active, meaningful beings, holds within itself a multiplicitous conception of the self and a gender ideology that permits people to 'choose' between roles regardless of one's biological sex. I have characterized the gender system as relatively flexible and nonhierarchical: a system of possibilities. Certain aspects of self become contextually salient without laying claim to a core, essential, trans-situational self. This is true as well for sexual subjectivity, as will be investigated in chapters 4 & 5. Selves are transactional, malleable, and multiplicitous. I have showed that this multiplicitous conception of self opens up a wider behavioral repertoire in an environment that is experienced as hostile, offering few chances for fulfillment. Sexual relationships are constructed against this background." [italics added]

We take up again our work of
>> noting surprises and
>> charting their implications for
>> our assumptions,
>> the work of othering and
>> attachment, and
>> how to honor what we partially understand.

How will the Learning Analysis document these processes?

1) values writing exercise: what is this? see TAB: write values

2) Share in groups of three:
=then each group is assigned one of these to investigate and report back on in light of what folks have come up with in the whole class: 

HANDOUTS: Nyong’o on Subject; Joseph on Community; Rodríguez on Latino, Latina, Latin@ from Burgett & Mendler, eds. 2014 (2nd ed). Keywords for American Cultural Studies. NYU.

May include observations coming out of Workshop 2 as well as ways of connecting with reading of Wekker.

1) Joseph on Community: What jumps out at you? How do you connect this with conflicts among feminists? Which conflicts come to your mind? What connections to Wekker emerge, esp. concerning transnational community/ies? Reread the course description.
2) Rodríguez on Latino, Latina, Latin@: Why might a positive sense of multiple selves as developed by Wekker be valuable? How does this connect to other readings in the class?
3) Nyong’o on Subject: What does Wekker say about her sexual relationship with her informant? What is her argument for how to engage sexually in an ethical way?


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