Perspectives on Gendered Bodies

University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus)

Winter 2021–GWS 333

This course provides an overview of queer theoretical approaches to gender embodiment and its artistic and media representations from a trans-global perspective. In particular, the queer(ed) body – its experience, its theorization, and its mediations – take center stage. We will examine a wide range of case studies (such as drag shows, transgender slam poetry, genderfuck activism, media debates on ‘barebacking,’ animation films, and posthuman fashion shows) that illustrate how nonnormative styles of gender and sexual embodiment have been theorized and represented across various contexts over the last fifty years. We will read literary non-fiction, philosophy, and queer theory, and will watch movies and video performances. Methodologically, embodiment will be explored through a particular attention to affect; in line with this approach, students will be exposed to contemplative practices such as freewriting and guided meditation so as to stimulate focused writing, imaginative thinking, and energizing class discussions.

 

Introduction to Queer Studies

University of Edinburgh

Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019–DESI 8141

This course provides undergraduate students with an introduction to the study of sexuality across a variety of disciplines, incorporating a wide array of historical and theoretical perspectives. It will offer a grounding in key terms and debates, and explore the ways in which diverse fields of study interrogate questions of queerness. The historical development of queer studies will be traced and challenged. The course will discuss a variety of key questions and topics, including: the birth of queer theory and its relation to lesbian and gay studies; analyses of queer communities and relationships in a global context; issues relating to LGBTQ+ representation in the media and popular culture; intersections between queerness and gender, race, and class; the history of LGBTQ+ activism across various geopolitical contexts; the relationship between queerness and institutional frameworks such as the law and medicine; the evolution of trans politics.

Fashion Studies

("Visionaries:

Photographers and Stylists Shaping the Image of Fashion")

Parsons The New School

Autumn 2013, Spring 2013

This course surveys and contextualizes the creative collaborations developed by networks of fashion photographers, editors, and stylists across various geographical contexts throughout the editorial history of fashion. It pays particular attention to the work that artists of color and LGBTQ+ produced in order to give visibility to non-normative bodies and aesthetics. Approaching fashion imagery from a range of integrated perspectives (including semiotics, psychoanalysis, and queer theory), the course covers issues of gender, sexuality, class and race in fashion representation, the visual construction of masculinities and femininities, spectatorship and consumption.

 

TEACHING ASSISTANT

 

Parsons The New School

Spring 2013– FASHION STUDIES: KEY CONCEPTS for Hazel Clark

Spring 2013– HISTORY OF FASHION for Elizabeth Morano

Autumn 2012–HISTORY OF FASHION for Elizabeth Morano

"This class was unique and outstanding, unlike most I've ever taken. I enjoyed learning about queer theory and history with a small community of others who were personally and otherwise invested. I enjoyed the range of topics covered; it provided manageable chunks of information on very important pieces of queer theory without being overwhelming. Readings for each week were well-chosen and interesting. I was encouraged to look further into areas of interest and emerged from the course even more interested than before."

"I am so happy that this is now an option. I liked how cross-subject it was giving all sorts of perspectives on queer studies. I found much of the reading intellectually stimulating and I liked how our tutorials weren't regular discussions but allowed us to dive into the topics in creative and unexpected ways."

"Classes with Roberto were so helpful! He is great – very knowledgable and very good at engaging with the group."

"The professor was really insightful and shared his knowledge well with the students. His knowledge of the industry and his critical insights were really inspiring to learn from. He brought very interesting questions to the table which made us question ourselves further."

"He was a great teacher, very inspiring and always motivating students to do the best they could. He cares about his students particularly and their interests. One can tell he is very passionate about what he does and teaches. He has a broad knowledge about fashion. I really enjoyed going to class. Very interesting and challenging, made me want to do better."

"One of the most difficult classes I've taken in college, but I also probably got the most out of this one, so, ultimately, no complaints."

"It was definitely one of the most valuable courses I've taken at Parsons."

"Roberto was very effective. He knew what he was talking about and he made it interesting. I believe he is an amazing teacher that really expanded my knowledge in thinking about design and the world around it."

"The instructor is highly knowledgeable and is a valuable asset to any fashion studies program. His level of information retention was great because it helped us out a lot with getting to know an extensive history."

​"The instructor is very passionate. If students have any questions related to the course or their career he will provide feedback. He always answers e-mails."

 

"Roberto is tough. I personally need teachers to push me in order to succeed, and I feel as though Roberto has taught me many life lessons."