Faculty Profile

Jerry Philogene

Associate Professor of American Studies (2005)

Contact Information

philogej@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 16
717.254.8953

Bio

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture.

Education

  • B.A., New School University, 1989
  • M.A., New York University, 1993
  • Ph.D., 2009

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

LALC 123 Black Feminist Thoughts
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, AMST 200-03 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant women’s contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.

AMST 200 Black Feminist Thoughts
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, LALC 200-01 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant women’s contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.

AMST 202 Workshop in Cultural Analysis
Intensive workshop focused on theoretical approaches to the interpretation of social and cultural materials. The course provides an early exposure to theories and methods that will be returned to in greater depth in the senior year. Intended to develop independent skills in analysis of primary texts and documents. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and WR graduation requirement.

WGST 202 Black Feminist Thoughts
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, AMST 200-03 and LALC 200-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant women’s contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.

AFST 220 Black Feminist Thoughts
Cross-listed with AMST 200-03, LALC 200-01 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant women’s contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.

AMST 401 Research and Methods in Am St
An integrative seminar focusing on the theory and methods of cultural analysis and interdisciplinary study. Students examine the origins, history, and current state of American studies, discuss relevant questions, and, in research projects, apply techniques of interdisciplinary study to a subject related to thematic concentration. Prerequisite: 303, Senior American studies major, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.

Spring 2015

AMST 101 The Harlem Renaissance
Cross-listed with AFST 220-07.This introductory course focuses on the Harlem Renaissance which is sometimes referred to as the “New Negro Renaissance.” The course will study the history and politics of the Harlem Renaissance--roughly a period from 1915-1940. Students will be introduced to the historical background of the Harlem Renaissance as well as the major intellectual, racial, political, and social issues of this period in American, Caribbean, and African American cultural history. Through consideration of literature, art, and music, the course probes the impetus behind, meaning, and legacy of the period describe as the Harlem Renaissance.

AFST 220 The Harlem Renaissance
Cross-listed with AMST 101-04.This introductory course focuses on the Harlem Renaissance which is sometimes referred to as the “New Negro Renaissance.” The course will study the history and politics of the Harlem Renaissance--roughly a period from 1915-1940. Students will be introduced to the historical background of the Harlem Renaissance as well as the major intellectual, racial, political, and social issues of this period in American, Caribbean, and African American cultural history. Through consideration of literature, art, and music, the course probes the impetus behind, meaning, and legacy of the period describe as the Harlem Renaissance.

AMST 301 Introduction to Visual Culture
 In this course, students will learn to analyze and interpret the increasing visualization of American contemporary culture. Students will develop specific visual and verbal skills for observing, analyzing, describing and critiquing visual imagery from a range of diverse theoretical perspectives. Students will be encouraged to interrogate all varieties of visual forms and to consider the different viewing contexts, historical antecedents, and cultural differences that condition their experience of the visual world. The course will familiarize students with the key terms and debates, as well as introduce techniques used to analyze visual images from art and photography, to television and electronic media, using a variety of analytic frameworks. We will draw upon approaches in art history, media studies, gender studies, literary, cultural, and social theory. By introducing and applying ideas from theories of visual culture, particularly visual semiotics, the course will provide a deeper understanding of images in contemporary culture. Students will be encouraged to think broadly about what makes up their visual world and its cultural implications through careful looking, reading, and writing.