Litanies for Survival, Plots for Revolution|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice|
This seminar centers black-feminist and queer-of-color theory, literature, and art from the 1970s to the present in order to interrogate and reimagine revolution and revolutionary praxes. We will examine the interrelatedness of art and activism, hope and despair, collaboration and erotics. Key questions include: How does "survival" put pressure on "revolution," and vice versa, particularly in light of contemporary and imminent catastrophes, local and planetary? How does a joint consideration of survival and revolution affect interpretations of the past, understandings of the present, and imaginings of the future? What political work might intellectual and creative labor perform? Is revolution an event, a practice, or both? A useful term or a ruse?
This seminar is offered in conjunction with the Center for the Humanities' Fall 2018-Spring 2019 theme, "Revolutions: Material Forms, Mobile Futures." Assigned readings will include the work of scholars participating in the Center's Monday night lecture series, and students will be required to attend several lectures over the course of the semester.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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|SECTION 01 Online|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings-Alexis Pauline Gumbs, SPILL: SCENES OF BLACK FEMINIST FUGITIVITY; Audre Lorde, THE CANCER JOURNALS; José Esteban Muñoz, CRUISING UTOPIA; Saidiya Hartman, WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS; Dionne Brand, THEORY; Morgan Parker, THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAN BEYONCE; Brooklyn Museum catalogue, WE WANTED A REVOLUTION; Isaac Julien, LOOKING FOR LANGSTON; Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, AS WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN: INDIGENOUS FREEDOM THROUGH RADICAL RESISTANCE; Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, CARE WORK: DREAMING DISABILITY JUSTICE; Qwo-Li Driskill, WALKING WITH GHOSTS: POEMS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Exams and Assignments-Submission of questions for class discussion based on assigned texts, 2 short papers, a final paper or creative project, brief reflections on three of CHUM¿s Monday night lectures
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Due to the seminar¿s length and late-evening time slot, a portion of each class will take place asynchronously, in order to lessen Zoom fatigue and enable a bit more flexibility across time zones. The required asynchronous components will take two forms: 1) timed assignments, such as brief written responses to prompts, on which you will receive feedback; and 2) bi-weekly office hours meetings of 1-3 students, lasting 20-30 minutes. The latter will function like tutorials intended to enrich our weekly seminar discussions. By the second week of the semester, you will select a regular tutorial time slot in consultation with me.
Combined, the seminar¿s synchronous and asynchronous components will not exceed the allotted class time of 2 hours and 50 minutes per week. Full participation in both synchronous and asynchronous components is required.
If pandemic conditions and space on-campus allow for some in-person interactions, I am open to the possibility of making adjustments, but no in-person gatherings will be required for completion of the course. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
|Instructor(s): Vermeulen,Heather Times: ..T.... 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: ONLINE; |
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Enrollment capacity: 14
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