LATS 409
Transnationalism and Difference: Comparative Perspectives Fall 2021
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 409 / AMST 411
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In the age of digital communications and mobile applications such as WhatsApp and Skype, transnational living has rapidly emerged as the norm as opposed to the exception. However, what does it really mean to “be transnational”? How are the lived experiences of transnational individuals and communities shaped by categories of difference such as gender, ethno-racial identity, sexuality, and class? What impacts do the growing number of transnational citizens and residents in the U.S. have on our understanding of “American” identity in the local, national, and global contexts? In this interdisciplinary seminar we will analyze recent theories regarding the origins and impacts of transnationalism. Particular attention will be paid throughout the semester to the intersections of gender, ethno-racial identity, sexuality, and class in connection with everyday transnational dynamics. The broad range of case studies examined includes Central American, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, the Middle East, and Peru.
The Class: Format: seminar; This course will follow a discussion format.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1558
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: student participation, an original 12-15 page semester-long research paper conducted in stages, and student presentation
Prerequisites: LATS 105, WGSS 101 or AMST 201; junior or senior standing
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors, and American Studies majors by seniority. If the course is overenrolled students may be asked to submit a brief writing sample.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 409 Division II AMST 411 Division II LATS 409 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ASAM Related Courses
GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies
LATS 400-level Seminars

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