ENVI 247
Race, Land and Settler (Racial) Capitalism: Ongoing Topics in (Dis)/(Re)possession Fall 2021
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 247 / AMST 234 / AFR 234 / HIST 274

Class Details

This sequential course serves as an introduction to ongoing topics in colonialism, racial thinking, African Diaspora studies, Global and Caribbean studies. We will examine how race, gender and class operate under racial capitalism and settler colonialism. The readings in this class will center the works of critical geographers, caribbeanist, scholars of the African Diaspora, among other critical, anti-capitalist or decolonial scholars. Reading in this course will take up the question(s) of land and land-making; race, racialization, and racial thinking; alongside questions of space and place as they all relate to the various processes, projects and methods of (dis)/(re)possession. This course is the first part of a complementary course, which will be offered in the Spring, titled, “Race, Land, Space and (Dis)/(Re)possession: Critical Topics in Environmental Injustice and Subaltern Geographies,” which tracks both the “historical breaks” and ongoing processes of (dis)/(re)possession to more contemporary materializations. Weekly in-class discussion will be combined with guest lectures in order to provide the opportunity for exploring how race, space and (dis)(re)possession can be understood geographically, and to also explain how a range of these territorializing processes operate. Sound, music and other audio engagements will also complement discussions in this course. Therefore, the capacity of deep listening, in-and-out of class, is mandatory. Sample topics covered in the course include the following: indigeneity and Blackness; dispossession and accumulation; environmental imperialism, war and colonial resistance. You are strongly encouraged to participate in both courses in this complementary sequence, but are not required to do so.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 7
Class#: 1366
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:
ENVI 247 Division II AMST 234 Division II AFR 234 Division II HIST 274 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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