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a. Collage is the art form of juxtaposing and splicing images to create new images. Students should create a collage which works to visually represent their written reflections. This can be made digitally using a grid of various images (and websites such as: https://www.befunky.com/features/collage-maker/) or can splice images together digitally or IRL.
b. Examples can be found on Gauchospace
c. Students will not be graded on artistic ability, but how they expand their thinking through visual representations.
“Within revolutionary feminist movements… we must continually claim theory as necessary practice within a holistic framework of liberatory activism.” (hooks, 1994)
“We must actively work to call attention to the importance of creating a theory that can advance renewed feminist movements, particularly highlighting that theory which seeks to further feminist opposition to sexism, and sexist oppression.” (hooks, 1994)
For bell hooks, theory is a liberatory practice. It is in articulating lived experiences into frameworks towards dismantling power that furthers feminist goals to end sexist, racists, and hetero oppressions.
Considering hooks’ call to action, develop your own feminist frameworks and perspectives through a critical reflection paper and a creative collage. Your midterm project will aid in clarifying what you envision feminism is, should be, and does. This project has two parts (each of which are described below) a 500-words written descriiption that responds to one of the two prompts below and a creative collage which visually represents/connects to your writing.
1. Component 1: Written Reflection
a. Prompt 1: What does feminism mean to you? How do you understand/define feminism?
i. Students who choose this prompt should reflect on their own feminist journey and lived experiences which contributes to their own feminist perspective. Students should also work towards detailing a working definition of what feminism is, what it works towards, and who it considers. Students should use course readings which have inspired their perspectives to build out their own feminist understandings, analysis, critique, and frameworks. Connecting pervious feminist work throughout their own theory.
c. All writing must be minimum of 500 words.
d. Must include at least 2 class readings, with direct in-text citations to help frame their answer.