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Fall 2019 Course Spotlight: SDS1999: Queering Design: The Sexual Politics of Space, Place, and Digital Culture

Submitted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies is offering the following graduate class in the fall.

SDS1999: Queering Design: The Sexual Politics of Space, Place, and Digital Culture
Instructor: Professor Jasmine Rault

This course asks students to explore the ways that queer theory might be taken up by design thinking. The queerness that this course engages is a capacious critical orientation to those lives and modes of living, bodies and forms of embodiment, creative imaginations and their limits, that shape our everyday sense of what is possible and impossible. Thinking queerly allows us to ask, how do we imagine and design for justice and freedom – in fields not limited to architecture, urban planning, domestic and digital space? With a focus on design justice, we will explore the ways that material and digital architectures work to both reflect and shape our intimate experiences and knowledges of gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, ability, safety and risk, capacity and incapacity. In what ways do design decisions enable, disable, discipline and disorient genders, sexualities, racialities, desires, imaginings, socialities and intimacies?

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