AMCULT 601 - Topics in American Studies
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Critical Muslim Studies
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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This seminar is an interrogation into the contemporary academic study of Muslims. It will survey key texts from a broad range of fields, from transnational American studies to anthropology, to explore methodological and theoretical questions of this burgeoning interdisciplinary formation. What is the “critical” in critical Muslim studies and what are the stakes in naming it (or refusing it) as a field of study? What and who is “the Muslim” (religious subject? racial category? historic location of subjection and surveillance?) What theoretical frameworks are employed to analyze the Muslim experience and what is the impact of these intellectual projects on the academy, and Muslims themselves? What different methodologies are used and what kinds of knowledges do they yield? Importantly, as Muslims and those that study them are subjects of the world, this course will necessarily approach this topic by keeping in tandem the ways critical Muslim studies is shaped by and may find itself complicit with white supremacy, settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, patriarchy and the war on terror. Accordingly, students will leave this course with a strong command of a specific field of study along with the capacity for meaningful comparative analysis.


AMCULT 601 - Topics in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: 001: Critical Muslim Studies. Meets-with AMCULT 405.006
002 (LEC)
 In Person
Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: 002: Meets-with WGS 698 "Asian American Queer and Trans Critique and Culture"
003 (LEC)
 In Person
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: 003: Meets-with FTVM 455 "Film Noir"
005 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: 005: Meets-with HISTART 497 "Art and Resistance in Detroit, 1900-Present"

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