Race, Equity, Justice -- SLLC Courses for Spring 2021

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Race, Equity, Justice

The following Race, Equity, Justice-related SLLC courses will be offered in Spring 2021.


ARAB499D – Special Topics in Arabic Studies; Gender and Difference in the Arab World

An intersectional approach to the subject of gender in the Arab-speaking world, drawing on both creative and scholarly texts. The course will introduce students to key topics and debates while exploring how gender intersects with other manifestations of power and difference. Taught in English.


CHIN418C – Special Topics in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film; Fiction and Nation

At the turn of the 20th century, fiction and nation-building were inseparable. This course explores the rise of the modern fiction in China and its connection to nationalism and nationhood.


CHIN425 – Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in China

This course looks into ethnic and cultural diversity in China. It examines the evolution of the People's Republic of China's (PRC) ethnic policies in relation to nation-state building over the last six decades. Specifically, it studies how the PRC has categorized the Chinese people into 56 ethnic groups, how it has made affirmative action policies to accommodate ethnic diversity, and what problems its approaches have experienced and what solutions it has proposed in its accommodation of ethnicity and diversity in the 21st century. To examine the above issues, the course introduces and applies the concepts of ethnicity, nationality, ethnic nationalism, civic nationalism, identity, social Darwinism, the Soviet model of multinational state building, the Chinese model of inclusive Chinese nation state building, citizenship, individual rights, group rights, equality, and diversity.


GERM399O – Selected Topics in Germanic Studies; Encountering the Other in Contemporary German Society (1945-2020)

A study of artists and authors with a migrant or ethnic minority background and their representations of self and others in literature, film, art, and music. Taught in English.


FREN242 – Contemporary Voices of Africa and the Caribbean in Film and Text

An analysis of the works and ideas of 20th and 21st century Francophone writers and filmmakers (Africa, the Caribbean, and France).


FREN498E – Special Topics in French Literature; Objects of Desire: Material Culture in France from the Revolution to the Present

Examines how objects are represented, consumed, and obsessed over in French literature, art, and film from the 19th century onward. We will interrogate what forces make material and even immaterial things into objects worth desiring, and what role objects play in the construction of gender, race, class, and nation. Taught in French.


FREN699G – Seminar; Rebellious Voices: Literature and Film by Maghrebi Women

Considers the literature and film produced by Maghrebi women from the 1970s to the present focusing in particular on how women's rebellious, subversive, and revolutionary voices have challenged patriarchy and the status quo in the postcolonial Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia). Taught in French.


PERS398W – Special Topics in Persian Studies; Art by Iranian Women

Visual, performing and music art are used to examine Iranian women s reflections on their everyday life as well as their responses to various sources of power (patriarchy, religion, and ideology). Following a short sampling of significant practices before the 1950s, the course primarily looks at the contemporary Iranian women's artistic creations and the intentions and processes behind them. We examine how multimedia art forms (dance, theatre, cinema, painting, digital art, and music) empower Iranian women to practice their identity and exercise their agency as these aspects intersect with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and education in a shifting and multilayered context. Taught in English.


SPAN235 – Issues in Latin American Studies II

Major issues shaping Latin American and Caribbean societies including the changing constructions of race, ethnicity, gender and class as well as expressions of popular cultures and revolutionary practices. A continuation of SPAN/PORT/LASC234, but completion of 234 is not a prerequisite. Taught in English.


SPAN408C – Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Crime and Impunity in Latin American Fiction and Film

With special emphasis on texts and films from Mexico, Central America, and the United States, this course will question how crime is defined by placing it into the context of social justice, resistant politics, and US hemispheric interventions into Latin America's politics, economics, and culture. Topics of special interest include US-sponsored coups and other disruptions, insurgency and counterinsurgency, migration, and the US-Mexico border. We will study novels, stories, essays, poetry, testimonials, feature films, and documentaries.


SPAN408P – Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Cuban Cinematic Culture

This course will explore the cinematic journey of the Cuban revolution from socialist utopia to bitter disillusionment. Taking as point of departure the national postulates of an "Imperfect Cinema" and the different theorizations of "New Latin American cinema," the course will concentrate on the emergence and development of Cuban cinematic culture that has taken place during the revolution. Our objective is to explore how art and politics collide to reveal contested visions of a social process. Visual materials will include films and documentaries. Readings will include selections from historiographical and literary works, as well as contemporary critical studies.


SPAN478A – Special Topics in United States Latino Cultures; Spanish and Spanish-Speaking Communities in the US

After over 500 years of presence in the United States, the study of Spanish currently brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines (linguistics, sociology, anthropology, education, legal studies, etc.) investigating a wide range of topics related to Spanish and Spanish-speaking communities in the US. The course examines the sociolinguistic context of the Spanish language spoken in the U.S. as well as its historical and contemporary challenges. While we will identify language internal traits in the various regions of the US where Spanish is spoken, the course will also focus on a range of extralinguistic factors such as race, gender, economic level, education, nationality and age and how language use is affected by these demographic characteristics.


SPAN798T – Open Seminar; Sovereign Subjects and Modern States: Narrating the Nation

"What is a Nation?" was a question Ernest Renan asked to read his present and shape the past. It is also a question that has been central to 19th century cultural studies. But really, what is a nation? and who are the "patriots"? This seminar will concentrate on the process of nation formation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America. We will explore the strategies and practices used to construct the nation as a homogenous Patria while examining the emergence of political subjects. Foundational texts from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, and Perù will be read along these lines.