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Prague: Transnational Film Studies & LGBTQ Cultures (ENGL 3980)
Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall Short Term
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Minimum GPA: 2
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Graduate, Undergraduate Open to non-GW students: Yes
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Short Term Abroad
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ENGL 3980

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English 3980: Transnational Queer Film Studies and LGBTQ Cultures: The interdisciplinary field that has come to be called “queer” studies over the past two decades has always concerned itself with questions of representation: how are, for instance, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgendered people, represented in film, in novels, in other forms of media?  As the field has developed, these questions of representation have increasingly been linked to other, complex questions, involving political economy, globalization, and transnationalism: in what ways have lgbt people been incorporated into contemporary nation-states?  What identities and desires threaten “the nation” as it is currently (and variously) materialized in our world?  How have identities such as “gay” and “lesbian” circulated globally?  How have those recognizable minority identities come into contact and conflict with other ways of identifying around non-normative desires?  Have those identities at times functioned imperialistically, especially as “gay tourism” has become a recognizable part of global capitalism?  Conversely, what kinds of unexpected alliances have been shaped across borders as queer movements have globalized?  How have these movements theorized race, gender, class, and ability; what connections have been made with other movements organized, however contentiously, around identity?

This film studies course will consider how questions of queer representation intersect with questions of queer globalization(s).  From November 8-15, we will travel to Prague, Czech Republic to attend Mezipatra: Queer Film Festival along with students from Charles University in Prague in Professor Katerina Kolárová’s class.


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Application Deadline: August 1, 2018
Commitment Deadline: August 15, 2018 
On Campus Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, August 27th to December 15th, 2018, from 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Overseas Dates: November 8 - 15, 2018

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Robert McRuer,                                                                                                                 

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What did you get out of this program?
If you are a student who has a complicated major, double major,or doesn't meet study abroad requirements, this is the best opportunity for you to get the abroad experience, short-term. You still get the full GW experience and the study abroad experience, all rolled into about 8 days. You are in class, talking through really important and current issues that will set you up for chances to grow and awesome opportunities in the future. You become so close-knit with your class, which is really helpful since you are all navigating a foreign culture together.
     — Megan Davison, Fall Short Term 2010
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