The Schedule

Aside from Remedíos: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas by Aurora Levins Morales (which we will discuss acquiring), we have no textbooks. All readings are either PDFs (listed on password protected page) or linked below.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

  • Hurricane Maria: What the Storm Revealed and How this class came to be.

Friday, January 25, 2019

  • PDF: Two selections from Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color edited by Gloria Anzaldúa (1990):
    • Waters, Anne. “Journeys of the Mind,” 159-161
    • Gunn Allen, Paula “Some Like Indians Endure” 298-301
  • PDF: Barker, Joanne. 2015. “Indigenous Feminisms,” in the The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous People’s Politics, 1-13.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

  • PDF: Selections from Keywords for Latina/o Studies, edited by Vargas, Mirabal and La Fountain-Stokes, 2017:
    • Decolonial: María Lugones; Empire: Lázaro Lima; Feminisms: María Eugenia Cotera; Gender: Sandra K. Soto; Indigeneity: Maylei Blackwell; Race: Silvio Torres-Saillant and Nancy Kang; Sexuality: Juana María Rodríguez; Sovereignty: Nelson Maldonado-Torres.
    • also included in the pdf but suggested not required: Modernity: José F. Aranda Jr; Nationalism: Raúl Coronado
    • Bring to class: a picture/link/sound (meme, painting, song, sculpture, performance, poem) that describes/illustrates one of the keywords as you understand it.

Friday, February 1, 2019 

 Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

  • Watch Lugones Videos; Finish your Blackout Poetry (review colonial difference/coloniality of gender)
  • PDF: Hokulani K. Aikau, Maile Arvin, Mishuana Goeman, Scott Morgensen. 2015. “Indigenous Feminisms Roundtable” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Volume 36, Number 3, 2015, pp. 84-106.

 Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Friday, February 15, 2019

 Tuesday, February 19, 2019

  • Monday classes meet this day – No CLASS! BUT because of snow we do have make up work due by Friday’s class.

 keep calm and enjoy your day off image


…blame the snow!


For Friday 2/22:

After reading the Mendoza “Coloniality of Gender and Power: From Postcoloniality to Decoloniality” essay In The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, edited by Disch and Hawkesworth:

Write a 300-word blog post describing your understanding of the following terms:

  • colonial
  • anticolonial
  • decolonial
  • postcolonial

How do we use them and when/why? Your response is not about “getting it right,” they are about assessing where we are in our comprehension.

Friday, February 22, 2019

blog post due!! see above.

  • PDF: Aizura, Cotton et al. 2014 “Decolonizing the Trans Imaginary Introduction,” in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1 (3): 308-317.
  • PDF: Boellstorff, Cabral et al. 2014 “Decolonizing Transgender: A RoundTable,” in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1 (3): 419-437.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

  • PDF: Mendoza, Breny. 2017. “Colonial Connections.” Feminist Studies 43 (3): 637–45.

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • PDF: Sarmiento, Thomas. 2018. “Peminist and Queer Affiliation in Literature as a Blueprint for Filipinx Decolonization and Liberation,” in Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics, edited by Fujiwara and Roshanravan, 82-101.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

  • PDF: Teves and Arvin. 2018. “Decolonizing API: Centering Indigenous Pacific Islander Feminism,” in Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics, edited by Fujiwara and Roshanravan, 107-133.

Friday, March 8, 2019

  • PDF: Weir, Allison. 2017. “Decolonizing Feminist Freedom: Indigenous Relationalities,” in Decolonizing Feminism: Transnational Feminism and Globalization, edited by McLaren, 257-280.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 (Mid-Point of Spring 2019 semester!)

Instagram Photo Essay Presentations (5)
  • PDF: Ramamurthy and Tambe. 2017. “Decolonial and Postcolonial Approaches: A dialogue_Preface.” Feminist Studies 43, no. 3 (2017): 503-11.
  • PDF: Asher, Kiran. 2017. “Spivak and Rivera Cusicanqui on the Dilemmas of Representation in Postcolonial and Decolonial Feminisms.” Feminist Studies 43 (3): 512–24.
  • Assignment: Instagram Image Essay Due

Friday, March 15, 2019

Instagram Photo Essay Presentations continued (5)
  • PDF: Rowe, Aimee Carrillo. 2017. “Settler Xicana: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reflections on Incommensurability.” Feminist Studies 43 (3): 525–36.
  • PDF: Harding, Sandra. 2017. “Latin American Decolonial Studies: Feminist Issues.” Feminist Studies 43 (3): 624–36.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 & Friday, March 22, 2019


 Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (Case Study: Puerto Rico)

  • PDF: Malavet, Pedro. 2004. “Introduction” in America’s Colony, 1-14.
  • PDF: Collado-Schwarz, Angel. 2012. “A Brief History of Puerto Rico,” in Decolonization Models For America’s Last Colony: Puerto Rico, 1-13.
  • Review: In class presentations

Friday, March 29, 2019

  • PDF: Goudreau, Isar. 2015. “Slavery and the Politics of Erasure,” in Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico, 65-92.

 Tuesday, April 2, 2019

(Guest Observer: Dr. César Barros Arteaga)

  • PDF: Lloréns, Hilda. 2014. “Imagining Puerto Rican Natives, 1890-1920,” in Imaging The Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race, and Gender during the American Century, 1-29.
  • PDF: Súarez Findlay, Eileen. 1999. “Motherhood, Marriage, and Morality: Male Liberals and Bourgeois Feminists, 1873-1898,” in Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race in Puerto Rico, 1870–1920, 53-76.

 Friday, April 5, 2019

  • PDF: Colón Warren, Alice E.. 2003. “Puerto Rico: Feminism and Feminist Studies.” Gender and Society 17, no. 5, 664-90.
  • Watch in class: Aurora Levins Morales “A declaration of Puerto Rican sovereignty”


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Puerto Rico Post-Hurricane Maria: Origins and Consequences of a Crisis

  • SPECIAL GUESTS:   Professor Edwin Melendez, Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Centro staff Carlos Vargas and Jennifer Hinojosa, will visit to present on this special issue of the Centro Journal. 
  • PDF: Grosfoguel, Negrón-Muntaner, and Georas. 1997. “Beyond Nationalist and Colonialist Discourses: The Jaiba Politics of the Puerto Rican Ethno-Nation,” in Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Colonialism and Nationalism, 1-36.
  • Remedíos: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas, XXXI-XXXVI.

Friday, April 12, 2019

  • PDF: Duffy Burnett, Christina. 2007. “None of the Above Means More of the Same: The Elusive Quest for Puerto Rican Self Determination,” in None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, 73-83.
  • PDF: Malavet, Pedro. 2004. “Theorizing a New Reality of Citizenship and Nation,” in America’s Colony, 117-131.

Student Presentations: Melissa & Charlotte

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Guest Skype!

  • PDF: Dr. Karrieann Soto Vega “Networks of Struggle, Networks of Solidarity: Transnational Activism around Lolita Lebrón.”
  • PDF: Power, Margaret. “Interview with Lolita Lebrón,” Radical History Review, (128): 37-44.
  • Visit this link to see Dr Soto Vega’s Powerpoint.

 Friday, April 19, 2019

  • PDF: Materson, Lisa. 2017. “Gender, Generation, and Women’s Independence Organizing in Puerto Rico,” Radical History Review, (128): 121–146.
  • Remedíos: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas, 1-26 “Bisabuelas”

Student Presentations: Natalie, Dom, and Emma (aka the “triplets”)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • PDF: Selections from PA’LANTE: Voices and Photographs of the Young Lords, 1969-1971:
    • Gonzalez 10-15; Guzman 50-52; Gonzalez 54-59; Perez 59-62.
  • PDF: Morales, Iris. 2016. “From the Frontlines,” in Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969-1976, 181-211.

Student Presentations: Cas & Jalina

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • PDF: Awartani, Sara. 2017. “In Solidarity: Palestine in the Puerto Rican Political Imaginary,” Radical History Review, (128): 199-215.
  • Remedíos: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas, 27-54 “Abuelas”

Student Presentations: Kayla & Gabby

 Tuesday, April 30, 2019

  • PDF: Lugo-Lugo, Carmen. 2018. “Getting to the Colonial Status through Sexuality: Lessons on Puerto Rico’s Political Predicament from Women Writers,” Centro Journal 30:2, 234-248.
  • Remedíos: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas, 55-102 “Discovery & Huracán”

Student Presentations: Matt & Juan

Friday, May 3, 2019

Instagram Quote Collection Presentation

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Instagram Quote Collection Presentation
  • Remedíos: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas, 162-208 “Aguacero & Derrumbe”

 Friday, May 17, 2019 End of Spring 2019 semester! Final “Exam” Day!

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