CAAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
Section: 003 Diasporic Aesthetics
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

…We have been trying to theorize identity as constituted, not outside but within representation; and hence of cinema, not as a second-order mirror held up to reflect what already exists, but as that form of representation which is able to constitute us as new kinds of subjects, and thereby enable us to discover places from which to speak.

— Stuart Hall. “Cultural Identity and Diaspora,” In Identity: Community, Culture, Difference.

[F]antasy is now a social practice.

— Arjun Appadurai. “Global Ethnoscapes. Notes and Queries for a Transnational Anthropology,” In Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present.

This seminar takes up Stuart Hall’s and Arjun Appadurai’s claims about film, identity and community as starting points for a broader discussion about the relationship between aesthetics, displacement, and community formation. Is diaspora always already caught up in the limits of its desire to find a place like the nation-state? Or through the relationship between diaspora and displacement are new types of landscapes being imagined? Through film, ethnography, music, and literature, we will examine the contemporary production of new landscapes beyond the nation-state as well as the ways in which the need to find a place constrains imagination. This course will not just explore the theoretical, historical, and anthropological approaches to previous attempts at producing diasporic aesthetics, but also think concretely about the future possibilities these previous attempts suggest.

CAAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
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001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
1Graduate Standing
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 002: Meets w/ History 698.001 Caribbean History
003 (SEM)
6Graduate Standing
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with Anthro. 558.
004 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 004: Meets with NRE 501.055
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