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In the age of satellite television, e-mail, 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.
Format: seminar; This remotely taught, synchronous course will follow a discussion format.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
student participation, an original 12-15 page semester-long research paper conducted in stages, and peer editing
LATS 105, WGSS 101 or AMST 201; junior or senior standing
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.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ASAM Related Courses
GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
LATS 400-level Seminars