AAS 230 - Survey of Afro-American History I
Section: 001 The Art of Protest: Activist Aesthetics from Abolitionism to #BlackLivesMatter
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 111.
Other Course Info:
(African-American Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.” With these words spoken at the NAACP annual conference in 1926, W.E.B. Du Bois declared his belief in art’s capacity to effect social change and challenged African American artists to confront racial inequality. This course introduces the role of visual art, music, fashion, and print and digital media in African American social movements from abolitionism to Civil Rights to #BlackLivesMatter, asking (along with Du Bois) how activist art and new media technologies have shaped the internal momentum and cultural reception of these movements. What exactly does art do in demonstrations of political protest? Does activist art have a legacy beyond its particular historical moment? How has the #BlackLivesMatter movement revolutionized social media activism? Throughout, we will examine the relationship between aesthetics and politics, asking what the history of African American social movements in particular teaches us about the role of art and media in social change.

AAS 230 - Survey of Afro-American History I
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ISBN: 1469636131
Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul, Author: Tanisha C. Ford, Publisher: University of North Carolina Press REPRINT ED 2017
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1608465624
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Author: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Publisher: Haymarket Books 1ST 2016
ISBN: 1439909865
Envisioning emancipation : Black Americans and the end of slavery, Author: Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer., Publisher: Temple University Press 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781612190440
Seeing power : socially engaged art in the age of cultural production, Author: Nato Thompson., Publisher: Melville House 1st ed. 2012
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