LATS 405
Home and Belonging: Comparative Explorations of Displacements, Relocations, and Place-Making
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 405 / LATS 405
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

The metaphor of “home” and idea of “belonging” bring insight to theories and investigations centered on community building and identity formation within and across national borders. These constructions give us an indication of what people value, what is worth fighting for, as well as what is considered expendable. Our objective in this course is to interrogate constructions of home and belonging by studying how individuals, communities, and nations are transformed by experiences of dislocation, migration, and renewed place-making. What are the ways a sense of belonging shapes these identities and the investments made in these formations? Working with ethnography, history, memoir, literature, critical essays, and documentary film, we will consider the personal and political uses and meanings of memory, nostalgia, and imagination in “rooting” migrating subjects in place and time. Among the many case studies we will examine are the politics of homeland among Cuban-Americans, Native American and West Indian festive forms, and place-claiming and racial sincerity among African Americans. This course explores the experiences and expressions of racialized populations in the United States, focusing on the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. hierarchies of race, culture, gender and class.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3032
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, annotated bibliography, short essay, writing workshop participation (and related assignments), research paper related assignments, and a final research paper and presentation
Prerequisites: prior courses in Latino Studies, American Studies, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Latino Studies concentrators and American Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 405 Division II LATS 405 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
LATS 400-level Seminars

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