Krieger Hall

Fall Quarter

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This course examines theoretical, methodological, and historiographic approaches to race, gender, and sexuality in transnational sites.  Our principal stake is in understanding how race, gender, and sexuality can be analyzed and constituted relationally, however unevenly.  We will also begin thinking through the related and emerging analytic of disability.  The readings, many of them interdisciplinary, are grouped thematically, making this an appropriate course for graduate students wishing to undertake study of race/gender/sexuality/disability regardless of specialization.  Among its particular themes are comparative empires, histories of the body, and visuality.
This course is the first in a two-quarter sequence, normally required of all first-year graduate students in the department. In the first quarter, students will begin research on a topic of their choice. In the second quarter, students will be expected to produce a research paper of publishable quality. Throughout, we will read and discuss articles related to methodology, research techniques, and historical analysis.
How did colonialism construct race? How did race construct colonialism? This course explores how colonial authorities and their supposed subjects simultaneously engaged and destabilized racial logics fundamental to the Iberian empires. Participants will explore how Europe’s early modern and Enlightenment expectations of purity and order faced fierce opposition and dismissal from African Diaspora intellectuals, Mexican religious leaders, and South Asian traders, to name a few. Exploring, for example, how West Central African royalty combatted Portuguese rule and how Inca imperial tropes shaped Catholic evangelization reveals how race and gender simultaneously powered and destabilized colonial rule. The course is grounded in an analysis of pertinent historiographies (conquest, modernity, sexuality, religion, indigeneity, slavery, frontiers, science, and rebellion) of Latin America’s colonial period, while engaging in the distinct methodologies of postcoloniality, art history, and anthropology.

Thematic fields for History: Global Migrations, Race, Diasporas & Empire and Colonialism

Texts will include:

• Walter Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization 2nd edition (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995)
• María Elena Martínez, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008)
• Rebecca Earle. The Body of the Conquistador: Food, Race and the Colonial Experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
• Cécile Fromont, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014)
• James H. Sweet, Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011)
• Ann Twinam, Public Lives, Private Secrets: Gender, Honor, Sexuality, and Illegitimacy in Colonial Spanish America (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999)
• Ada Ferrer, Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Nation-building and imperial expansion were two sides of the same coin in Japan’s modern transformation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Understanding the rise of modern Japan thus requires an investigation of how it simultaneously projected its power overseas. This course explores this interconnected process of how Japan shaped Asia and Asia shaped Japan, focusing on its colonial projects, practices, and legacies. We will approach these questions by reading seminal scholarly essays as well as a variety of first-hand accounts including oral testimonies, memoirs, and autobiographical novels. We will also situate Japan and its empire within a comparative framework, paying heed to linkages with and divergences from contemporaneous projects of imperial expansion.
What is political violence? How has it been conceptualized and studied historically? What are the methodological, theoretical, practical, and ethical challenges for scholars interested in studying it? In considering such questions, we will place some key theoretical works in conversation with both classic and recent monographic and article-length studies. Some of the themes will include  biopolitics, colonial and racialized violence, terrorism and state violence, the camp, visuality and media, the body, subjectivity, gender, and emotion.
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