AMST 310 Spring 2013 Race Wars in America (D)

This course examines the ways in which race/racism and war/militarism have operated as mutually constitutive processes throughout the twentieth century. At the same time that America's wars abroad--from the Philippines and Cuba in 1898 to Iraq and Afghanistan--have highlighted "new" and "old" forms of racism, they have also been central to shaping "common-sense" racial ideologies and projects. This class can be considered a broad cultural history of race and race-making, but our framework means to foreground the inherence of violence of the story and history of race, both recognizable and hidden. We will be particularly attentive to the uneven distribution and experiences of war and violence and the ways in which they are racialized and gendered. Given our topic and framework, then, keep in mind that there will be a fair amount of representations of physical and other kinds of violence in the course materials. Course materials will range from and include literary (selected works by Chester Himes among others) but also scholarly/theoretical (Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, etc.) and cultural/visual (including films, to be determined) texts. This course reflects the aims of Exploring Diversity Initiative by critically considering the rhetoric of "diversity" that often forgets the very real existence of violence in encounters with difference and otherness.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: active in-class and on-line participation; 2-3 short response papers, in-class presentation and/or workshop; final paper
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
Enrollment Limit: 25
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Class Number: 3935
AMST310-01(S) LEC Race Wars in America (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Ji-Young Um
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Paresky 114 3935
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