ARCH 409 - Special Topics in Architecture
Fall 2021, Section 003 - Visualizing Race Comparatively
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Architecture (ARCH)
Department: CAUP Taubman College of Arch + Urban Planning
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3 (Non-LSA credit).
Enforced Prerequisites:
Architecture Undergraduate.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for credit.
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Starting from the premise that race plays itself out visually, the course explores the relationship between art, materiality, space, and race. In addition to reading foundational literature in critical race studies including W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, bell hooks, and Audre Lorde, our inquiries will be grounded by five case studies: South Africa, Germany, India, Mexico, and the US. Each one of these cases will provide a conception of race rooted in local histories and cultures. By analyzing the visual and material dimensions of apartheid, antisemitism, xenophobia, slavery, and colonization through these case studies, we will articulate a multidimensional understanding of race as a historical concept. However, to ask how race has shaped visual culture also has global implications, as demonstrated by the recent removal of racists monuments across the world. Thus, by looking at each case study in comparison, students will develop an understanding of both the global and the local ramifications of racism and the antiracist movement. Objects, buildings, places, paintings, names, sculptures,s and public art will structure our weekly debates. Students will engage in visual analysis and independent research for their final assessment.


ARCH 409 - Special Topics in Architecture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM

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