Black Phoenix Rising: Death and Resurrection of Black Lives|
Fall 2020 not offered
SISP 300, AFAM 300|
The Black Lives Matter Movement has renewed our collective need to theorize the value of black lives within a deluge of death and disappearance in black communities. This movement is part of a deep transnational tradition in black radical praxis that aims to transform scholarly, activist, and public discourse and public policies concerning the systemic and epistemic effects of institutional racisms and the prospects for antiracist futures. How might we envision a black radical praxis that simultaneously recognizes the vitality of black lives and challenges the cultural ideas and social practices that generate and justify black people's death and suffering? This seminar traces a genealogy of black radical praxis that interrogates the necropolitics of race and positions this system of power against the prospect of thriving black people. In doing so, the course erects an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that features scholarship in critical race science studies, intersectionality, and transnational cultural studies as they inform how a black radical praxis can contribute to the uprising and raising up of black communities.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Major readings may include:
Achille Mbembe, ON THE POSTCOLONY
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, #BLACKLIVESMATTER TO BLACK LIBERATION
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, ON LYNCHING
Michel Foucault, SOCIETY MUST BE DEFENDED
Dororthy Roberts, KILLING THE BLACK BODY
Orlando Patterson, SLAVERY AND SOCIAL DEATH
Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton, BLACK POWER
Derrick Bell, Jr., FACES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL
Martin Luther King, Jr., WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
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Assignments may include weekly presentations of readings, a major research presentation and a term paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
In order to get my permission to enroll in the course, students should write a 500 word essay that explains their intellectual and personal interests in studying black freedom struggles.
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