Undergraduate Learning Community
The IRW Learning Community is a twice-yearly, credit-granting learning community organized in conjunction with the seminars and lectures hosted by the Institute for Research on Women.
- Earn 1.5 course credits;
- Attend IRW Distinguished Lectures, class field trip, and watch films;
- Create intellectual community with peers and network with scholars, activists, artists and professionals;
- Acquire presentation skills;
- Develop a research project;
- Meet only once per week, Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.;
- Food and fun in an intimate seminar setting!
IRW Learning Community Scholars build community through weekly meetings, discussion of readings and attendance at IRW Distinguished Lectures. Additionally, Learning Community Scholars work with IRW faculty and graduate students to create theme-related research projects. While focusing on their own research interests, Scholars have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field.
The 2013-14 IRW Learning Community -- Decolonizing Gender/Gendering Decolonization
Since the 1980s, important scholarship in area and ethnic studies has compared the condition of women’s subordination to internal colonialism and highlighted the importance of studying gender in relation to power structures. The 2013-14 IRW Learning Community will explore new colonial and postcolonial discourses in which feminism and gender play a central role. The seminar will explore three questions: What is the relationship between colonialism and gender? What is the role of gender in postcolonial ideals and practice? And what would it mean to decolonize gender and sexuality? We invite applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students will develop their own projects, which may focus on any time period(s) or geographical location(s) and be rooted in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach(es). Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Decolonial feminisms/indigenous feminisms;
- Language, colonialism and gender;
- Sexuality, decolonization and health;
- Gender, race, and contemporary biopolitics;
- Feminism, global labor issues, decolonizing economy.
Through group discussion, participation in the IRW Distinguished Lecture Series, faculty mentoring, and special events, undergraduate scholars will create an intellectual space where they will develop research skills and theoretical understandings in preparation for independent or collaborative scholarship. Members of the Learning Community will have the chance to build networks with scholars, activists and professionals as they develop plans for graduate or professional education and careers.
**Apply online to join the Spring 2014 Learning Community or download the application in MS Word or PDF.**
The IRW Learning Community is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Undergraduate Education.