Teaching

teachingI have been an educator of university level students since 2005. On this page you can read about my classroom philosophy and look at the courses that I’ve developed and had the pleasure of teaching.

Philosophy

I believe the classroom is a workshop for rethinking the world. My teaching philosophy consists in finding ways to create an environment and supply the tools that enable students to question fundamental categories of knowledge, such as primary differences of gender, ethnicity, or what can be considered culture. This emphasis on critically examining conceptual categories as they impact on the worlds we live in and move through shapes my pedagogical choices. Gaining awareness of the history, context, and usage of a concept is where my teaching and research both begin; this process is central to stimulating one’s intellectual curiosity in rethinking the world.

Using concepts to explore the world around us directs me to be not only aware of the diversity in the classroom, but also enables me to be flexible and mobile in terms of disciplinary orientation. It guides me to the makers, users, and propagators of concepts: to the social world of ideas, and to the people who live there. In this sense, my approach to cultural production and various modes of mediation (film, television, art, performance), through concepts involves an examination of how knowledge becomes socially embedded. In sum, I seek to teach people how concepts travel and manifest in diverse cultural practices so that they may become lifelong critical thinkers.

Teaching areas

Gender & Sexuality in the Film and Literary Studies Department of Leiden University,
Cultural Studies in the Literature and Art Department of Maastricht University,
Art History in the Humanities Faculty of the Amsterdam University College,
Film Studies in the Media Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam.

I also regularly supervise MA and BA thesis in these areas.

Course List

The following are courses that I taught, listed from 2008 to the present.

On Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, Genre, designed and taught Fall 2008. Undergraduate thesis course at the Media Studies department, University of Amsterdam. (The syllabus is available on request.)

Academic English I, taught Fall 2010, Spring 2011 & Fall 2011. Lower level undergraduate skills course at the Amsterdam University College.

Art and the Subject, designed and taught Spring 2011 & Fall 2011. Upper level undergraduate course at the Amsterdam University College. (The syllabus is available on request.)

Michel Foucault: Bio-power, Aesthetics, Critique, Ethics, designed and taught Fall 2011. Graduate master course at the department of Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague.

Great Novels: 1850 – Present, taught Spring 2012. Lower level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht.

Cultural Diversity in a Globalizing World, taught Fall 2012 & Fall 2013. Upper level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht.

Cultural Studies I: Doing Cultural Studies, taught Spring 2012 & 2013. Lower level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht.

Cultural Studies II: Reading Contemporary Culture, taught Spring 2012 & 2013. Upper level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht.

Research Skills in Media Culture, taught Spring 2013 & Spring 2014. Final year undergraduate skills course at the Faculty of Art and Social Science, Maastricht University.

Literature, the Arts, Culture: Theory and Methods, taught Spring 2013 & Spring 2014. Final year undergraduate skills course at the Faculty of Art and Social Science, Maastricht University.

Cultural Remembrances in Postcolonial Literature and Film, taught Spring 2013 & Spring 2014. Upper level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht.

Cultural Studies II: Visual Cultures, designed and taught Spring 2014. Upper level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht. (The syllabus is available on request.)

Pop Songs & Poetry: Theory and Analysis, taught Fall 2014. Lower level undergraduate course at the University College Maastricht.

CURRENT TAUGHT COURSES ARE IN THE FACULTY-WIDE MINOR IN GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN SOCIETY AND CULTURE, WHICH I ALSO COORDINATE:

Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: Gender in Visual Culture, taught Spring 2015. Upper level undergraduate course at the University of Leiden.

Histories of Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture, taught Fall 2015 + 2016. Upper level undergraduate course at the University of Leiden.

Contemporary Visions of Gender and Sexuality, taught Spring 2016 + 2017. Upper level undergraduate course at the University of Leiden.

BA FILM STUDIES TRACK

Cinema: Avant-Garde, taught Fall 2016. Upper level undergraduate course at the University of Leiden.