CSER Graduate Courses, Spring 2017



DAY / TIME:  M 4:10 — 6:00pm

LOCATION:  420 Hamilton

INSTRUCTOR:  Sandler, Matthew

DESCRIPTION:  From its origins in the 1920’s and 1930’s, American Studies as a field of academic inquiry long sought to make a synoptic account of the “national character.” Since the 1960’s, the field has turned to focus on various forms of inequality as the defining feature of American exceptionalism. This course surveys the development of the field’s current preoccupations, covering a range of periods, regions, groups, and cultural practices that present productive problems for generalizations about U.S. identity. We begin with the first academic movement in American Studies, the myth and symbol school. We then move on to a series of debates centered at intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. In taking this disciplinary and methodological perspective, we’ll spend a substantial amount of our time on secondary sources, but we will also undertake a project in primary source research and organization in CSER’s archive of its own formation in response to student protest in the late 1990’s. We will be guided throughout by questions of method. How does one approach an archive? How does one stake out a claim or formulate an argument, in light of the complex current terrain of the field? We’ll balance practical and philosophical questions, from, “how do you formulate a research project?” to, “how is knowledge of the U.S. made?”


CSER G9000

DAY / TIME:  M 12:10pm — 2:00pm

LOCATION:  420 Hamilton

INSTRUCTOR:  Jacoby, Karl

DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to guide graduate students through the process of producing a high-quality dissertation and to provide an interdisciplinary space for the critical examination of race, ethnicity, and immigration, among other topics.

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.

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