Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies


As you are aware, in order to complete your SDS collaborative specialization you need to have taken a half-credit course (o.5 FCE), at the graduate level, related to sexuality or gender. As some students have been having trouble finding the required content in their home departments, we have put together courses that will meet that need. Below, you will find information about the courses.

SDS1000H Theory and Methods in Sexual Diversity Studies (January 2018)

Instructor: Robert Diaz

Time/Location: Winter Term (2019), Fridays, 1-3pm

This course is designed to serve as the core course for the Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies, although students whose departments are not part of the Collaborative Specialization, or who for other reasons, are not in the program are nevertheless very welcome to take the course if spaces are available.  Registration in the course requires a SDS1000 ballot, which must be submitted to the Bonham Centre office at  The course is limited to 15 spaces.

SDS1000 Winter 2019 is currently full.  If you are required to take the course next term, please contact as soon as possible.


SDS1999H  Special Topics: Queer of Color Analysis as Praxis (not offered in 2019-20)

In Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique, Roderick A. Ferguson defines queer of color analysis (QOCA) as an

interrogat[ion] of social formations at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class, with particular interest in how those formations correspond with and diverge from nationalist ideals and practices. Queer of color analysis is a heterogeneous enterprise made up of women of color feminism, materialist analysis, poststructuralist theory, and queer critique. (Ferguson, 149)

Proceeding from this definition, our seminar investigates the praxis, i.e the enacted, embodied, realized theories of (racialized) queer people of color from the 1970s to the present. The first half of the seminar focuses on QOCA as a critical response to racism in (white) queer theory and to heterocentrism in ethnic studies and in communities of color in the late 20th century. The second half of the course focuses on queer of color scholars in the 21st century who investigate the ways in which gender and sexuality figure in global economic and cultural structures related to questions of nationalism, diasporic migration, everyday life, and revolution.