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History of Women, Men & Sexuality Group

The History of Women, Men and Sexuality (HWMS) Group is a community of faculty and students who share an interest in the history of gender & sexuality from antiquity to the present.  The HWMS faculty comes from a variety of geographical fields, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US and researches a wide range of subjects using a variety of approaches. Many are connected to UCLA ethnic, regional and gender studies programs and departments and all work at the intersections in the past of race, class and ethnicity.

HWMS offers undergraduate and graduate courses and sponsors public events – colloquia, presentations and conferences – featuring distinguished scholars working in the area of gender and sexuality.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list or have any questions about the HWMS group, please contact Rebeca Martinez at rmartnz165@g.ucla.edu or Professor Kate Norberg at knorberg@ucla.edu.

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                        HWMS Courses 2019-20

                        Quarter Course Number Course Name Professor/Lecturer Day/Time Location Course Description
                        Fall 2019 HIST 201L-1 Gender and Sexuality in China Early Modern and Modern China Andrea Goldman Th 1-3:50 Public Affairs 1323 This course examines the methods that historians have used since the 1970s to understand the history of the modern Middle East. Among the topics considered: Orientalism, the study of religion, social history, cultural history, gender, political economy, and the influence of Weber, Marx, Gramsci, Hobsbawm, E.P. Thompson, and others.
                        Fall 2019 HIST 96W-3 Tech Culture in California Peter Chesney W 12-3 TBA This course occupies the borderlands between histories of technology and gender/sexuality. New gadgets, from cars to computers, have played powerful roles in making and remaking societies marked by gender inequality and sexual normativity. In this class, we begin with provocations from the likes of Audre Lorde, Donna Haraway, and Rebecca Solnit. Then we will proceed to deconstruct both the utopian and dystopian futures new tech’s boosters and detractors posited, and tried to impose, especially futures relevant to the history of a State (California) during a period (the war that lasted, for the U.S.A., from 1941-1991).
                        Fall 2019 HIST M147D History of Women in the U.S., 1860-1980 Katherine Marino MWF 11AM-11:50AM Dodd Hall 121  This course surveys the history of women and gender in the United States. A major goal of the course is to present women's history both as an integral part of U.S. history and as a unique subject of historical investigation. What can be learned about other areas of American history—immigration, citizenship, racialization, formal politics—by examining women and gender? How does an examination of women and gender in history alter the historical questions we ask? Students will learn to think critically about historical arguments as well as to understand the difference that gender makes in history and the way that gender interacts with class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.
                        Winter 2020 HIST 5 History and Memory (Online Course) Sarah Stein N/A N/A Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Holocaust, murder of six million Jews by Germans in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, is one of crucial events of modern history. Examination of origins of Holocaust, perpetrators and victims, and changing efforts to come to terms with this genocide. Exploration of forces that led to Holocaust, including emergence of scientific racism, anti-Semitism, and machinery of modern state. Consideration of debates about implementation of genocide, including significance of gender and sexuality, relationship between war and genocide, meanings of resistance and culpability, and political and philosophical implications of Holocaust. Exploration of how genocide of European Jewry was intertwined with targeting of other victims of Nazi rule, including Roma, Slavs, black Germans, disabled, homosexuals, and political opponents of National Socialism. P/NP or letter grading.
                        Spring 2020 HIST 201N Rethinking Biography: Big Women in African History Ghislaine Lydon TBA TBA Biography is one of the oldest forms of history and until relatively recently, it documented the lives and times of great men. Today, new approaches to writing biography not only include shifts in focus, from exemplary to ordinary lives, from great men to lowly women, but also changes in writing styles and media techniques, from master narratives to idiosyncratic minutiae. In this seminar we will gain expertise in the art of writing biography and associated theories and methodologies, and get a sense of how the field has evolved. We will also examine biographies of notable and remarkable women who changed the course of history in their respective African polities. These include extraordinary women who became queens and even one remarkable outcast who became “king,” to intellectuals, activists and politicians with great legacies. The seminar is designed as a reading seminar with a research component. 


                        HWMS 2014-2015 Events and Courses