AFRS BC 3110x (Section 001) Africana Colloquium: Critical Race
Students will examine the origins and development of race-thinking in the
Anglo‑American world with a particular focus on representation and reading
practices. Our conversations will draw upon a number of articulations of
race theory, including specific post-1980s Critical Race Theory. The course
examines "race" narratives as well as critical readings on race from
psychoanalytic, post‑colonial, feminist, and critical legal perspectives.
These readings will be framed by several interlocking questions: how does
representation both respond to and influence socioeconomic conditions? What
is the relationship of race to color, ethnicity, and nation? How does race
interact with other categories such as class, sexuality and gender? What
cultural work is performed by racial definitions and categories such as
hybridity and purity?
Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 18 students. Priority will be given to Africana majors and CCIS students (Africana Studies, American Studies and Women's Studies majors; minors in Race and Ethnic Studies). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)..
Days & Times/
|Autumn 2014 :: AFRS BC3110|
Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
404 BARNARD HALL
|K. Hall||14 / 18|
AFRS BC 3110y (Section 002) Africana Colloquium: Diasporas of the
The Indian Ocean has been called the cradle of globalization. We consider the
Indian Ocean and east African diasporas and their aesthetic histories by
engaging literary and other cultural exchanges (including film, visual arts,
music, and dance). This course considers the overlapping transnational
vectors that have characterized Indian Ocean history and we do so
specifically through questions about the creation of diasporic public space
and cultural memory, while also considering material cultures. We ask, for
example, how the lived experience is recorded within those long histories of
trade and imperialism. We engage with memoirs, epistles, newspapers, music
and performance. We turn to archives, contemporary novels, memoir and song,
dance and other visual arts to read how they chronicle and transmit cultural
memory. We focus on: Durban (South Africa), Bombay (India), Zanzibar
(Tanzania) and the Mascarenes (Port Louis in Mauritius and Saint Denis in La
Reunion) and the Seychelles. This year, our course will be taught
simultaneously between Barnard in New York and the University of Cape Town,
South Africa. Students from both campuses will be encouraged to interact
electronically and to establish a blog and website. The course will also have
live-streamed guest speakers from chosen sites around the Indian Ocean.
Because of time zones, we have chosen the most practical times (Cape Town is
six, then seven hours ahead of New York). How does this influence the course
methodology? Come and find out.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Meets Wed, 2:10-4:00 pm, enrollment limit 18
AFRS BC 3110y (Section 3) The Africana Colloquium: The New
"The New Black: Contemporary Discourses of Blackness and Racialization," will
examine the discourse/discursiveness of post-raciality and or "new" blackness
as expressed in recent literary, cultural, and art historical criticism. As
such we will consider whether or not we have, in the contemporary moment,
reached a post-racial place in which the debates about positive and negative
images, "right" and "wrong" representations are no longer useful or
necessary. Questions/topics under consideration are: black "authenticity,'
the (hyper)visibility and invisibility of blackness, racial appropriation,
class matters/race matters, and the Obama-effect. Texts might include
Toure's Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness, Baratunde Thurston's How
to Be Black, Kevin Young's Grey Album, Darby English's How
to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness, Rebecca Walker's BlackCool, and Evie Shockley's
The New Black as well as other novels, films, and essays.
Class limited to 18. Preference will be given to Africana majors and
seniors. Please come to the first class after which enrollment will be
determined.- M. Miller