Courses: Fall 2018

POLT/CSCR 14500-01: Politics of Identity.  (ICC)- HU; LA; (ICC)- Social Sciences; Themes: Identities & Power and Justice. Tu/Th 9.25 a.m.

This course explores the relationships between race/racial identities and the political-economy of people’s lives from both a contemporary and historical perspective while also interrogating the concept of race itself. To this end, we will engage with such questions as: is race “real;” how did/does it impact people’s life chances; what are the social and psychological implications of thinking in terms of self/other, black/ white, similarity/ difference; do sex/ gender influence racial attitudes; can one be a color-blind antiracist; and why should such questions matter to you? This is a discussion based class.

Readings: Finnegan, William. Cold New World, Random House, 1999; Frankenberg, Ruth. White Women, Race Matters, Minnesota, 1997; Laymon, Kiese. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Agate, 2013, and Stuart, Andrea.  Sugar in the Blood, Knopf, 2013.

Requirements: 2 journals; mid-term and final concept papers; attendance.

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POLT 32300-01/ CSCR 30700-01: Race & Colonialism. LA/SS. Tu/Th 1.10 p.m.

Europe’s colonization of Latin America, Africa, and Asia began in the 15th century and ended in the 20th and it left behind a political and economic legacy of genocide, slavery and skewed patterns of capitalist “development.” Less visibly, it also passed on Eurocentric conceptions of racial, sexual and cultural differences reflected in such binaries as self/other, black/white, West/ non-West, and civilized/ barbaric. The course analyzes both aspects of colonialism: the political-economic and also the affective and psychological. In particular, we will focus on the intimate nature of colonialist violence and the psychic wounds it inflicted on both the colonized and the colonizer. Since colonialist notions of alterity (otherness/ difference) continue to shape contemporary constructions of racial identities, we will also study colonialism’s traces in the present and how some people in indigenous communities are resisting these. This is a discussion based class.

Readings: Conrad, Joseph.  Heart of Darkness, Hesperus, 2004; Fanon, Frantz.  Wretched of the Earth, Grove, 2005; Lowe, Lisa. The Intimacies of Four Continents, Duke University, 2015; Memmi, Albert.  The Colonizer and the Colonized, Beacon Press, 1991 and Simpson, Leanne. Islands of Decolonial Love, Arbeiter, 2013.

Requirements: 2 journals, mid-term and final concept papers; attendance.

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