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Gender Euphoria: Exploring Gender, Identity, & Sexuality in Contemporary Art & Design

ARTDES 438.001, Fall 2024


Credit Hours: 3
Semester: Fall 2024

Prerequisites: All OF THE FOLLOWING: ARTDES 300: Any 300 Level Studio.

Description: Gender Dysphoria” is the diagnosis listed in the DSM5 to describe individuals who experience a mismatch between their gender identity and the sex assigned at birth. While useful in accessing treatment, some critics reject the term as pathologizing difference by reinforcing a binary idea of gender. In this course, we will explore how bodies labeled different,” not only in terms of gender and sexuality, but as in terms of size, ability, and race/​ethnicity, are not only sites of trauma and alienation but of desire, dissent, creativity, and celebration. An overview of social construction/​queer theory, and the history of artists/​designers who have made work by, for, and with different/​dissident bodies, will inform our creative work.