Teaching Race & History: Institute Courses

Afro-Indigenous History: Activism, Culture, Politics (Spring 2020)

AAS 285/HIST 296

TUES 4:00–6:30 p.m.

This course examines the relationship between people of African descent and Indigenous people in the U.S. We will use books and articles, music, and popular culture in order to examine the history of the relationships, and where we want then to go.

This course is cross-listed with African American studies and History.

Race, Gender, and Speculation (Spring 2020)

AAS 385/FILM 373/AMST 385/WGS 385

WED 4:00 - 6:30PM

This course takes seriously the work that science fiction and speculative works do in relation to constructions of gender and sexuality, race, and imaginary worlds and temporalities. This course considers how dystopian science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative categories render race and gender in the afterlife of structured society. Are race and gender metrics that register after civilization has been destroyed or radically altered? We consider such questions as: Who gets to lead in dystopian society? Who gets to have family and kinship and how are those portrayed? How is gender racialized and race gendered in post-apocalyptic worlds? And finally, can dystopic future renderings aid in undoing long-standing structural oppressions?

This course is cross-listed with African American studies, Film, American studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies.

African American Film Since 1965 (Spring 2020)

AAS 385/FILM 373

MW 4:00–5:15PM

This course studies major movements and watershed moments in post-Civil Rights Movement black film. It begins with what is known as the "LA Rebellion," a moment of radical reconceptualization of filmmaking fostered by black students during their studies at the UCLA film school and arrives in a present that is characterized by independent film and non-theatrical outlets. Emphasis will be placed on films that express innovation and experimentation. We will trace the evolution (and occasion devolution) of cinematic themes such as the representation of slavery, the depiction of black interiority, representations of gender and sexuality, and the portrayal of race itself

This course is cross-listed with African American studies and Film.