CSER UNDERGRADUATE COURSES SPRING 2018
CSER UN3942 SEC 001 RACE AND RACISMS
Fennell Catherine & Abu El Haj, Nadia – W 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: 420 Hamilton Hall In this class we will approach race and racism from a variety of disciplinary and intellectual perspectives, including: critical race theory/philosophy, anthropology, history and history of science and medicine. We will focus on the development and deployment of the race concept since the mid- 19th century. Students will come to understand the many ways in which race has been conceptualized, substantiated, classified, managed and observed in the (social) sciences, medicine, and public health. We will also explore the practices and effects of race (and race-making) in familiar and less familiar social and political worlds. More specifically, we will address a series of questions, both historical and contemporary. How does the concept of race shift over time? With what consequences? What is the relationship between philological commitment to “a family of languages” and the development of a modern, biological concept of race? How has the relationship between "race" and "culture" been articulated in the history of anthropology in particular, and in racial theory more broadly? Can there be a concept of race without phenotype—a solely genotypic racial grouping?
CSER UN3914 Sec 001 APPROACHES TO CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION
Grande, Sandy – M 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
This course will offer a sustained inquiry into the historical, political, and economic foundations of Native American and Indigenous education. Students will consider the tensions and intersections between Indigenous, decolonial, multicultural, critical race, and social justice theories of education. In so doing, students will examine the interplay of race and settler colonialism particularly as manifested through the interrelations of US property claims over Indigenous territory and black bodies. Moreover, in this moment of #BlackLivesMatter and #NoDAPL, the political and pedagogical struggles for Black liberation and Indigenous resurgence will be examined as co-constitutive.
CSER UN3928 Sec 001 COLONIZATION/DECOLONIZATION
Saada, Emanuelle – T 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: 420 Hamilton
Prerequisites: Open to CSER majors/concentrators only. Others may be allowed to register with the instructor's permission. This course explores the centrality of colonialism in the making of the modern world, emphasizing cross-cultural and social contact, exchange, and relations of power; dynamics of conquest and resistance; and discourses of civilization, empire, freedom, nationalism, and human rights, from 1500 to 2000. Topics include pre-modern empires; European exploration, contact, and conquest in the new world; Atlantic-world slavery and emancipation; and European and Japanese colonialism in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The course ends with a section on decolonization and post-colonialism in the period after World War II. Intensive reading and discussion of primary documents.
CSER GU4340 Sec 001 VISIONARY MEDICINE: RACIAL JUSTICE, HEALTH, AND SPECULATIVE FICTION
Sayantani, Dasgupta – R 10:10am-12:00pm – Location: 420 Hamilton Hall
This course begins with the premise that racial justice is the bioethical imperative of our time. It will explore the space of science fiction as a methodology of imagining such just futures, embracing the work of Asian- and Afroturism, Cosmos Latinos and Indigenous Imaginaries. We will explore issues including Biocolonialism, Alien/nation, Transnational Labor and Reproduction, the Borderlands and Other Diasporic Spaces. This course will be seminar-style and will make central learner participation and presentation. The seminar will be inter-disciplinary, drawing from science and speculative fictions, cultural studies, gender studies, narrative medicine, disability studies, and bioethics. Ultimately, the course aims to connect the work of science and speculative fiction with on the ground action and organizing.
CSER UN3970 Sec 001 ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM
Handal, Nathalie – M 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
This course explores contemporary Arab American and the Arab Diaspora culture and history through literature and film produced by writers and filmmakers of these communities. As a starting historical point, the course explores the idea of Arabness, and examines the Arab migration globally, in particular to the U.S., focusing on three periods: 1875-1945, 1945-early 1960s, and late 1960s- present. By reading and viewing the most exciting and best-known literary works and films produced by these writers and filmmakers, students will attain an awareness of the richness and complexity of these societies. Additionally, students will read historical and critical works to help them have a deeper understanding of theses creative works. Discussions revolve around styles and aesthetics as well as identity and cultural politics. Some of the writers the class will cover include, Wajdi Mouawad, Diana Abu Jaber, Amin Maalouf, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Anthony Shadid, Hisham Matar, and Adhaf Soueif.
CSER GU4483 Sec 001 SUBCITIZENSHIP
Rockefeller, Stuart – W 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
The class will survey the status of groups with compromised citizenship status internationally, including indigenous Bolivians, Indian immigrants to Dubai, and Arabs in France. Then we will look at several different kinds of subcitizenship in the United States, focusing on African Americans, Native Americans, “white trash,” and Chicanos. In the course of the term we will shift between looking at the administrative practices that render people subcitizens, experiences of marginalization, and how contestations such as the DREAM Act movement, the idea of “cultural citizenship” and newly powerful indigenous movements in South America are removing control of citizenship from states, and transforming citizenship for everyone.
CSER UN3701 Sec 001 US-LATINO CULTURAL PRODUCTION
Morales, Edward – T 4:10pm–6:00pm Location: TBA
The course will investigate the possibility that hybrid constructions of identity among Latinos in the
U.S. are the principal driving force behind the cultural production of Latinos in literature and film. There will be readings on the linguistic implications of “Spanglish” and the construction of Latino racial identity, followed by examples of literature, film, music, and other cultural production that provide evidence for bilingual/bicultural identity as a form of adaptation to the U.S. Examples will be drawn from different Latino ethnicities from the Caribbean, Mexico, and the rest of Latin America.
CSER UN3940 Sec 001 COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES
OuYang, Elizabeth – R 10:10am-12:00pm – Location: TBA
This course will examine how the American legal system decided constitutional challenges affecting the empowerment of African, Latino, and Asian American communities from the 19th century to the present. Focus will be on the role that race, citizenship, capitalism/labor, property, and ownership played in the court decision in the context of the historical, social, and political conditions existing at the time. Topics include the denial of citizenship and naturalization to slaves and immigrants, government-sanctioned segregation, the struggle for reparations for descendants of slavery, and Japanese Americans during World War II.
CSER UN1011 SEC 001 INTRO ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Inouye, Daniel H. – TR 10:10am -11:25am – Location: TBA
This course is a critical introduction to the field of Asian American Studies. We approach our topic through five lenses: Asians in early American/European imagination; Asian migration to the United States; Asian American racialization and identify formation; representations of Asian/Americans; and Asian diaspora. We will also attend to how the Asian American subject is inflected through sexuality, gender, imperialism, post-9/11 security, and nation. As an introductory course we cannot cover the variety of topics and populations that are the subjects of Asian American Studies, but we will develop a strong foundation for further inquiry either on your own or in other courses.
CSER GU4350 Sec 001 CINEMA OF SUBVERSION
Gamalinda, Eric – R 4:10pm-6:00pm – Location: TBA
Russian filmmaker Andre Tarkovsky said that “the artist has no right to an idea in which he is not socially committed.” Argentine filmmaker Fernando Solanas and Spanish-born Octavio Getino postulated an alternative cinema that would spur spectators to political action. In this course we will ask the question: How do authoritarian governments influence the arts, and how do artists respond? We will study how socially committed filmmakers have subverted and redefined cinema aesthetics to challenge authoritarianism and repression. In addition, we will look at how some filmmakers respond to institutional oppression, such as poverty and corruption, even within so-called “free” societies. The focus is on contemporary filmmakers but will also include earlier classics of world cinema to provide historical perspective.
CSER UN3990 SENIOR PROJECT SEMINAR
Colon-Montijo, Cesar – W 10:10am-12:00pm – Location: TBA
The Senior Paper Colloquium will focus primarily on developing students' ideas for their research projects and discussing their written work. The course is designed to develop and hone the skills necessary to complete the senior paper. Students will receive guidance in researching for and writing an advanced academic paper. Conducted as a seminar, the colloquium provides the students a forum in which to discuss their work with each other. The CSER preceptor, who facilitates the colloquium, will also provide students with additional academic support; supplementary to the advice they receive from their individual faculty sponsors. While most of the course will be devoted to the students' work, during the first weeks of the term, students will read and discuss several ethnic studies-oriented texts to gain insight into the kinds of research projects done in the field.
CSER GU4482 SEC 001 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES; MOVEMENTS/RTS
Stamatopoulou, Elsa – MW 4:10pm-5:25pm – Location: TBA
Indigenous Peoples, numbering more that 370 million in some 90 countries and about 5000 groups and representing a great part of the world’s human diversity and cultural heritage, continue to raise major controversies and to face threats to their physical and cultural existence. The main task of this course is to explore the complex historic circumstances and political actions that gave rise to the international Indigenous movement through the human rights agenda and thus also produced a global Indigenous identity on all continents, two intertwined and deeply significant phenomena over the past fifty years. We will analyze the achievements, challenges and potential of the dynamic interface between the Indigenous Peoples’ movement-one of the strongest social movements of our times- and the international community, especially the United Nations system. Centered on the themes laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), the course will examine how Indigenous Peoples have been contesting and reshaping norms, institutions and global debates in the past 50 years, re-shaping and gradually decolonizing international institutions and how they have contributed to some of the most important contemporary debates, including human rights, development, law, and specifically the concepts of self- determination, governance, group rights, inter-culturality and pluriculturality, gender, land, territories and natural resources, cultural rights, intellectual property, health, education, the environment and climate justice.
CSER UN3913 SEC 001 VIDEO AS INQUIRY
Negron-Muntaner, Frances – M – 4:10pm-6:00pm – Location: 420 Hamilton Hall
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with visual production, particularly video production, as a mode of inquiry to explore questions related to race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and other forms of social hierarchy and difference. The class will include readings in visual production as a mode of inquiry and on the basic craft of video production in various genres (fiction, documentary, and experimental). As part of the course, students will produce a video short and complete it by semester's end.
CSER GRADUATE COURSES SPRING 2018
CSER G9001 DISSERTATION DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: RACE, ETHNICITY, AND MIGRATION
Jacoby, Karl – W 10:10am – 12:00pm – Location: 420 Hamilton Hall
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.
AMST GR4001 METHODS IN AMERICAN STUDIES
Sandler, Matthew – M 4:10pm - 6:00pm – Location: TBA
Conceived in the 1920’s and 1930’s, American Studies sought to make a synoptic account of the “national character.” Since the 1960’s, the field has turned towards a focus on various forms of inequality as the dark side 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—and think through its growth in the context of post-WWII funding for higher education. We then move on to a series of debates centered at intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. We’ll close by examining the historical background of protest movements built around the identitarian concerns about rape culture and mass incarceration.
SPRING 2018 CROSS-REFERENCED COURSES
AHIS BC 1000 (1-point Course) AMERICAN MONUMENT CULTURES
Hutchinson, Elizabeth – M (9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9) 6:10pm-8:00pm (+ one field trip, time TBD) Location: TBA
The nation is currently caught up in a vital debate about how historical figures and events should be recorded in the public square. Cities, institutions and impassioned individuals are pulling down and removing statues of Confederate leaders and other individuals implicated in the history of slavery even as objections are raised to these actions from both the left and the right. Why are Monuments so important? How have they been used historically to assert political and social power? This one-point course introduces the history of monument culture in the United States, focusing on the period between the Civil War and the 1920s and asks and how monuments erected in the past function in the present.
HISTORY UN3518 section 001 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND SLAVERY
Jacoby, Karl – R 12:10pm-2:00pm – Location: TBA
In this course, students will write original, independent papers of around 25 pages, based on research in both primary and secondary sources, on an aspect of the relationship between Columbia College and its colonial predecessor King's College, with the institution of slavery.
HISTORY UN3928 section 001 SLAVERY AND ABOLITION IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD
Lightfoot, Natasha – M 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
This seminar investigates the experiences of slavery and freedom among African-descended people living and laboring in the various parts of the Atlantic World. The course will trace critical aspects of these two major, interconnected historical phenomena with an eye to how specific cases either manifested or troubled broader trends across various slaveholding societies. The first half of the course addresses the history of slavery and the second half pertains to experiences in emancipation.
HISTORY GR8924 section 001 RESISTANCE AND THE BLACK ATLANTIC WORLD
Lightfoot, Natasha – W 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
This course investigates in-depth the significance of resistance among African-descended communities in the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone and Lusophone Atlantic World from approximately 1700-1950. We will examine the genesis of resistance as it affected key historical transformations such as slavery and abolition, labor and migration, and transatlantic political organizing.
ENGLISH UN3930 section 001 CARRIBEAN DIASPORA LITERATURE
Negron-Muntaner, Frances – M 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA DESCRIPTION TBD
WOMEN’S STUDIES GU4000 section 002 BODIES, CARNALITIES
Tadir, Neferti – R 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
EAST ASIAN STUDIES GU4312 section 001 TIBETAN SACRED SPACE (IN COMPARITIVE CONTEXT)
Tuttle, Gary – R 12:10pm-2:00pm – Location: TBA
Through interdisciplinary theoretical approaches (mostly in the fields of religion, anthropology, literature, and history), this course engages the genre of writing about sacred space in Tibetan Buddhist culture, addressing the micro (built environment) and macro (natural environment) levels of this important sphere of Tibetan literature.
HISTORY GR8300 section 001 SOURCES FOR MODERN TIBETAN HISTORY
Tuttle, Gary – T 12:10pm-2:00pm – Location: TBA
PUBLIC AFFAIRS U8353 section 001 RACE POLICY AND AMERICAN POLITICS
Christina, Greer – R 9:00am-10:50am – Location: 324 International Affairs Building
This course explores the various ways in which race and politics intersect (and possibly collide). We will observe how racial inequality - and the efforts to overcome it- affect various facets of American local, state, and national politics.
SOCIOLOGY GR6007 section 001 RACE, EHTNICITY, AND NATION
Abascal, Maria – T 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
E3B GU4321 section 001 HUMAN NATURE: DNA, RACE, and IDENTITY
Pollack, Marya – W 2:10pm-4:00pm – Location: TBA
The course focuses on human identity, beginning with the individual and progressing to communal and global viewpoints using a framework of perspectives from biology, genetics, medicine, psychiatry, religion and the law.
HISTORY UN2415 section 001 IMMIGRANT NEW YORK
Kobrin, Rebecca – MW 2:40pm-3:55pm – Location: TBA
This seminar explores the intersection of immigration, race, and politics in New York City, both from the perspective of history and in relation to contemporary realities. In this course we will discuss the ways in which immigration has reshaped the cultural, economic, and political life of New York City both in the past as well as the present.
WOMEN’S STUDIES UN3335 section 001 GENDER AND WARS: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE GLOBE
Makana, Selina – W 10:10am-12:00pm – Location TBA
This course considers a transnational feminist analysis to reflect on the relationship between gender and militarism. It pulls together literature from different disciplinary fields to explore the gendered dimensions of wars of national liberation, armed conflicts, wartime gender based/sexual violence, politics of victimhood, anti-war activism, resistance and agency.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUIDES UN3930 section 002 TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: MAROON SOCIETY IN AMERICAS
C. Daniel Dawson – T 4:10pm-6:00pm – Location TBA
Gospel Music in Modern America This course will track the evolution of religion and music in African American history across the twentieth century to the present day. Beginning with the emergence of the Gospel-Blues during the 1920s, we will explore the ways in cultural aesthetics, religious imaginings and institutional formations have come together to shape the development of black musical forms, sacred and secular alike, across the evolving genres of blues, jazz, R&B, hip hop, neo-soul and more.
Music GU4030 section 001 SOUND:THE SACRED, THE SECULAR, SOUND, SACRED, SECULAR
Ochoa, Ana - T 2:10pm-4:00pm Location: To be announced
This course seeks to explore the significance of sound for understanding the negotiation the relation between the sacred and the secular, in light of recent work in critical religious studies. It seeks to explore the acoustic dimensions of the 'turn to religion' by exploring the uses of sound in mediating the relationship between the sacred and the secular in different cultures.