WiSe 16/17: Sexuality, Emotions, and the Body in 20th Century U.S. Military History
This course aims at introducing students to methods and theory in the field of history. Exploring the history of the U.S. Military in the 20th century through the lens of sexuality, emotions, and the ... Lesen Sie weiter
This course aims at introducing students to methods and theory in the field of history. Exploring the history of the U.S. Military in the 20th century through the lens of sexuality, emotions, and the body, this course will highlight the American armed forces as a product and producer of sexual and emotional norms, as well as regimes of the body – within the institution of the military itself and in areas of U.S. troop presence around the world. The entanglement of these norms and regimes with other categories of social inequity, such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability, as well as the means to change and resist them, will be a crucial focal point of the seminar. In order to get a broad perspective on the subject at hand we will discuss a variety of sources (diaries, official Army documents, visual and material documents, and more). Students will be familiarized with general debates in the field of history (periodization, objectivity, multi-perspectivity, etc.) and the current historiographical debates on emotions, sexuality, and the body. In the end of the semester students will be able to build a historical argument and defend it, both on paper and in the classroom.
Students should note that a day trip to the Militärhistorisches Museum in Dresden will part of the syllabus and depending on funding students might have to pay for the round-trip fare.