AMST 235
Race, Land, Dis/Re-possession: Critical Topics in Environmental Injustice and Subaltern Geographies Spring 2023
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 235 / HIST 275 / GBST 235 / ENVI 253
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This course is an introduction to ongoing and contemporary topics in colonialism, racial thinking, African Diaspora and, Global and Caribbean studies, studies of ‘the environment,’ and dispossession. We will examine how race, gender and class operate under racial capitalism and settler colonialism as ongoing, sometimes continuous and discontinuous processes. The readings will center the works of critical geographers, caribbeanist, scholars of the African Diaspora, and other critical, anti-capitalist or decolonial scholars. Readings, as in AFR 234, will take up the question(s) of land and land-making; race, racialization, and racial thinking; of space and place as they all relate to the various processes, projects and methods of (dis)/(re)possession, both “past” and “contemporary.” We will interrogate temporal binaries, settler time, notions of [the] “progress(ives)” and other bifurcated understandings of the world. This course is the second part of a complementary course, titled, “Race, Land and Settler (Racial) Capitalism,” which focuses on the historical geography of processes of (dis)/(re)possession from a Black and Indigenous Atlantic perspective. In this iteration, weekly in-class discussion will be combined with guest lectures to provide the opportunity for exploring how race, space and (dis)(re)possession can be understood geographically, and to explain how a range of these territorializing processes operate. Sound, music and other audio will complement discussions. Therefore, the capacity of deep listening, in-and-out of class, is a grounding. Sample topics covered in the course include: indigeneity and Blackness; (dis)possession and accumulation; plantation geographies and economies; housing and houselessness; the problem of parks and conservation; prisons and carceral geographies; Black geographies; environmental racism and colonial resistance. You are strongly encouraged to participate in both courses in this sequence, but are not required to do so.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 7
Class#: 3027
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: The following requirements serve as the basis for course evaluation: Attendance and Participation 30%; Serve as Discussion Leader Once 20%; Weekly 300-500-word Critical Response Papers 20%; One Final Creative Project, which can take any number of forms, including the conventional research paper (8-12 double-spaced pages plus bibliography). More creative projects might include, a pamphlet or zine, a written play or theatrical performance, or an op-ed. We will discuss further possibilities in class. 30%
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: If the course is overenrolled, preference will be given to Africana studies concentrators.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 235 Division II HIST 275 Division II GBST 235 Division II AMST 235 Division II ENVI 253 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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