Christina D. Owens, PhD
Students' Visualizations of My Courses:
I often encourage students to synthesize course concepts through a visualization exercise on the last day. Groups use markers and poster paper to visually connect different units and course ideas. This results in a variety of visualizations, from "concept maps" and "thought trees" to much more metaphorical images. Click to see entire images.
Florida State University
IDH 2403 Feminist Perspectives on Globalization: Domestic, Factory, and Sex Work
IDH 2108 Radical Visions of Freedom: Imagining Black and Queer Liberation
IDH 2113 America Abroad: U.S. Empire in Popular Culture
IDH 2402 Youth Subcultures
WMST 130 Introduction to Women's Studies
WMST / ASIA 241 Asian / American Gender and Sexuality Cultural Politics
WMST 375 Feminists Imaging Otherwise (Advanced Seminar)
WMST 375 Transnational Sexualities (Advanced Seminar)
WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WGS 202 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
WGS / POL 346 Global Gender Politics
WGS / AAA / ENG 351 Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian / America
WGS 401 Feminists Imagining Otherwise Senior Capstone
AMS 30 Images of U.S. Empire in Popular Culture
AMS 30 Popular Culture Images of America(ns) Abroad
AMS 30 Images of America(ns) in Popular Culture (Global Studies Program)
AMS 198 Consumption and American Popular Culture (Global Studies Program)
AMS 198 The Cultural Politics of the 2012 Presidential Election (Global Studies Program)
WMS 103 Introduction to Feminist Theory
WMS 182 Gender and Globalization
A selection of syllabi are available at my academia.edu page.
Student Engagement and Leadership Development Outside of the Classroom
A lot of learning on college campuses happens outside of the classroom, during co-curricular programing. My work with FSU's Honors Program, in particular, has involved organizing co-curricular events that both align with our course cluster theme of Freedom and (In)Equality and spark student interest. From invited lectures and multi-panel student symposiums to field trips (in town and beyond), this co-curricular programing has broadened student learning and facilitated both Honors community formation and individual leadership development. Student leaders in the program have often assisted in the envisioning, planning, and implementation of these events. The flyers featured here are but a sample -- see the Zine publication featured below (a co-curricular effort in its own right!) to read student reactions to other events that I have helped organize (e.g. a 3-day "Freedom Ride" to museums and memorials in Alabama and a movie viewing / discussion night for Us by Jordan Peele).
Honors Student Publication
Zine Publication and Student Leadership Development
In January 2020 FSU Honors students on the Feminist and Ethnic Studies Student Leadership Committee that I supervise proposed creating a publication of student work focusing on issues of social justice and social change. We then worked together to put out a call for submissions, organize, edit, and design what became known as the HEP Zine. Read the entire first edition here.
Linking Social Change and Creative Intervention
In my courses that examine histories of cultural resistance, I think it is important for students to understand themselves as cultural actors who are also capable of addressing the issues of injustice that concern them. As such, I have students produce a creative project that presents their own vision of freedom and liberation. A wide variety of work has come out of this scaffolded term assignment, from poetry collections and podcasts to educational games in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style and collections of informational flyers. Websites and zines are especially popular genres.
Click the revolving panel for images and links to a few projects created by students who have decided to share their work beyond the classroom. These particular projects were created by FSU students in my "Radical Visions of Freedom" class but I first developed this assignment for the "Feminists Imagining Otherwise" capstone classes that I taught at Miami University and Vassar College.
International Student Pedagogy
While I was at UC Davis I designed and taught three courses that actively engaged international exchange students' perspectives on "America." The images to the left are from one of these courses, offered through a partnership between the American Studies program and the Global Studies program at UC Davis.
This course explored the politics of U.S. consumer culture and on this particular day we discussed Sarah Banet-Weiser's analysis of Dove's Real Beauty campaigns. Students graciously provided permission to share their in-class reflections. Click on the images to zoom in and read their responses, which effectively capture the affective ambivalence at the heart of the commodification of social justice.