What does it mean to think of feminism as performance, as something one does?

Course Description: How are aesthetics used to stimulate politics committed to social justice and the celebration of difference? In this course, with an eye toward transnational enactments, students will survey the performance of feminism from the (post) Civil Rights era to present day in the visual arts, politics, popular culture, and everyday life. Students will study a range of feminist scholarship located at the intersection of aesthetics and politics to develop their own feminist performances.


Meeting Time: T/F 9:30-10:45AM
Office Hours: M 1:30-3:30; W 2-4PM


Professor: Dr. Jessica N. Pabón
Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Required Book:
Jones, Amelia, ed. 2002. The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader. 2nd edition New York: Routledge.
*Additional reading PDFs require class password (ask Professora)*


set 2 iconsClass Location: LC109
Office Location: Southside House

Required Social Media
Twitter #PerfFem16

Make Office Hours Appointment
Twitter Handle: @justjess_PhD
E-Mail: pabonj@newpaltz.edu

Course WikiPage


 Classroom Ground Rules

Do your work.

Be present.

Laptops are allowed (until the privilege is abused), smart phones too.

Be critical not cruel, generative not combative.

Inclusivity Statement

The classroom is composed of people with a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Dr. Pabón is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects and appreciates diversity. While working together to build this classroom atmosphere we ask all members to:

  • share their unique experiences, values and beliefs
  • be open to the views of others
  • honor the uniqueness of others
  • appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community
  • value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner
  • keep confidential discussions that the community has of a personal (or professional) nature
  • use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the SUNY New Paltz community
  1. Modified from Cornell University’s Sample Syllabus

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