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Current Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses that fulfill LACS Cluster Requirements

Note: This is a preliminary list. Please check CAESAR for up to date course information. Please note that, in addition to graduate courses, some 300-level undergraduate courses are approved for TGS credit; these are included in the list of TGS courses here: https://catalogs.northwestern.edu/tgs/courses-az/  If you are interested in taking a 300-level course that counts toward the certificate or cluster, please check that it is approved for TGS credit and, if it is, please contact the LACS DGS for approval.

Spring 2022

POLI SCI 490-0-21: Civil War and Its Legacies

T 2:00-4:50
Ana Arjona

This seminar focuses on the micro-level dynamics of civil war and their legacies. We will address questions related to the behavior of civilians and combatants in civil war contexts, such as the following: Why do civilians join rebels, paramilitaries, or militias? Why do they resist against the presence of these groups in their territory? Why do they support them? Why do they leave their hometowns to become refugees or internally displaced? Why do combatants victimize civilians? Why do they use different levels and types of violence? Why do they rule local populations and how? We will also study the legacies of some of these wartime phenomena on individual behavior, local governance, and local politics.

Winter 2022

SPANPORT 450-0-2: Indigeneities and Textuality in Latin America

W 2:00-4:50
Jorge Coronado

This course explores the notion of indigeneity and its attendant manifestations and representations in literary and cultural production in Latin America. First, we will consider some definitions of the term, ranging from the implicit in colonial-era texts, to the explicit in 19th and 20th century narratival and essayistic production. Secondly, we will dive into the large, diverse scholarship—much of it contemporary and ranging in origin from social sciences such as anthropology and archaeology to humanities such as history and literary studies—that has attempted to articulate indigeneity in connection to the demands of, alternately, nationalisms, vindicatory movements, social revolution, identitarian politics, and other political and cultural formations in the continent. Key amongst our considerations will be understanding not simply the shapes that indigeneity takes within these disciplinary, cultural and political contexts, but also the mechanisms that allow it to move between them. We will seek to account for, then, the generation of indigeneity from lettered and cultural objects and their historical moments. Readings will be selected from a range of primary and secondary texts and may include Guaman Poma de Ayala, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Popol Vuh, el Manuscrito de Huarochirí, Manuel Gamio, José Carlos Mariátegui, Fausto Reinaga, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, José María Arguedas, Gamaliel Churata, Alison Spedding, Blanca Wiethüchter, César Calvo, Rigoberta Menchú, Marisol de la Cadena, Joanne Rappaport, Tom Cummins, el Taller de Historia Oral Andina, and others.

SPANPORT 455-0-1: The Global Avant-Garde

Th 2:00-4:50
Alejandra Uslenghi

This course offers an overview of 20th century avant-garde movements in Europe and the Americas analyzing the historical contexts in which they emerged. In particular, we explore the literary and visual culture vanguard practices as they migrate from metropolis into significant transfer points through travel, exile, translation, exhibitions, intellectual correspondence, thus fostering international aesthetic movements. We pay special attention to how avant-garde artists and writers negotiated foreign influence and local conditions; and how these movements conceived themselves as profoundly local while speaking in an international idiom. We will also contrast the "historical avant-garde" period of 1920s with its resurgence in the 1960s and the politics of counter-culture movements. Critical readings include: Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Raymond Williams, Frederick Jameson, Brent Edwards, Beatriz Sarlo and Roberto Schwartz.

MSLCE 525-0-26: Media Meet Technology: Ethnographies of Media Practices in the Americas

T 2:00-4:50
Pablo J. Boczkowski

The winter 2022 iteration of this course will examine recent book monographs which adopt an ethnographic stance to analyze media practices in one of ten countries across the continent: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, and Venezuela. We will pay special attention to cross-national patterns of similarity and difference in topical foci, theoretical framing, mode of argumentation, and interpretation of findings. We will view the continent as being both singular and plural, with many sources of heterogeneity that coexist alongside multiple nexus of various kinds of overlap. Thus, we will interrogate the assigned readings trying to unpack which media practices might be unique to each national or subnational setting, and which ones might be shared across one or more of them. In addition, because ethnography is both a process—a methodological orientation with its associated intellectual sensibilities—and a product—a resulting text that entails a series of argumentative, evidentiary and interpretive choices shaped by the encounter of authors, editors, reviewers, and imaginary and actual readers within various institutional environments—we will devote a significant part of our weekly conversations to discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by ethnographic writing.

Fall 2021

HISTORY 405-0-26: Law, Liberty and Revolution in the Caribbean, Seminar in Historical Analysis

M 9:00-11:50
Julio Cesar Guanche Zaldivar

Course Description:

This course explores firstly how non-free persons can gain self-agency through revolutions. Secondly, it investigates diverse uses of the law in the context of freedom: the regulations that slavery established and allowed for, the ones that are prohibited, and the ones it concealed through alibis. Thirdly, it explores the notions of freedom, equality, and race through a comparative perspective by contrasting European and American notions of a revolution with those that Caribbean actors were able to build for themselves in their struggles for emancipation. Finally, the course explores universal uses of freedom while focusing on concrete incarnations of it in the context of equality and race.

This course includes reading exercises from historicalsources to construct key questions toward the sources and reflect on their role in researchWe will use various pedagogical media and work with cinema, music, visual artsillustrationjournalism, and archivalmaterial. 

 

SOCIOL 476-0: Sociology of Immigration

W 10:00-12:50
Hector Carrillo

Course Description: 

This graduate seminar will survey the recent sociological literature on immigration. We will focus on a range of topics that include: the evolution of sociological immigration theories; the social construction of immigrants and “expats,” as well as the tension between these two categories; the social construction of refugees and asylum seekers; the structural factors that propel and hinder transnational migration; the entrenchment of international borders in the era of globalization; the shifting understandings of immigrant incorporation in host societies; the emergence of transnationalism as a framework for understanding the links that immigrants maintain with their home countries; and the effects of shifting attitudes on immigration policies. We will link transnational migration to a wide range of related sociological issues, including gender, sexuality, race, economics, nationalism, nativism, culture, religion, crime, and social stratification and inequality.

SOCIOL 476-0: Race, Racism, and Resistance in Latin America

W 2:00-5:00
Mary Pattillo

Race and racism are global formations rooted in European exploration, colonialism, and imperialism, and constitutive of modernity, (political) liberalism, and capitalism. This class will focus on the development and contemporary manifestations of racial categories, racist structures, racial inequalities, and anti-racist social movements in Latin America and the Spanish speaking Caribbean. The course will be comparative across the Indigenous communities, European colonial structures, routes of African enslavement and Black freedom movements, and contemporary nation states of Latin America, and also include some comparative attention to racial structures in the U.S., especially as highlighted by transnational migration and scientific and cultural exchange. We will pay special attention to the intersecting structures of class, gender, ethnicity, and region, among others. The goal of the course is to destabilize the concept of race by looking at its transformations across time and place, and to understand manifestations of racism and struggles against it across a wide range of geopolitical contexts.

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