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Archiving and Visualizing Asia

Nayoung Aimee Kwon
Fall 2019

Engages students in the practices and theories of archiving, documenting and curating marginal histories. Hands-on research in the archives of Duke’s Rubenstein Special Collections and elsewhere. Examines histories of movements and encounters between the “West” and “Asia.” Teaches original archival research and documentary methods through guided excavations in digital, audiovisual, and material resources.Directed readings and special guest lectures guide students on how to think critically on the theories and praxis of knowledge production, collection, documentation, circulation, and consumption. Students curate projects for final research assignment.

World of Gaming: Art, Theory, Technology, and Business of a Multi-Billion Dollar Global Industry

Nayoung Aimee Kwon
Spring 2019

Course synopsis:Interdisciplinary and transnational exploration into the multi-billion dollar global gaming industry through social and theoretical lens. Asks what are the possibilities and pitfalls of gaming in our societies? Examines local and global cases, through art, storytelling, theory, design, technology, business, and gamer and fan communities. Select social and theoretical issues explored include immigration and refugees, identity (race, gender, class and sexuality), environment, education, civic engagement, sports, recreation, war, and technology. Asia is one important case study as one of the most vibrant regions for examining gaming cultures, conflicts, and theories.

Arabic Sources on American Slavery

Mbaye Lo and Carl Ernst (UNC)
AMES 490S; REL 681 at UNC
Fall 2019

This course will specifically explore Arabic writings of enslaved Africans, particularly Omar ibn Said ( 1770-1864), who in 1831 wrote an autobiography in Arabic while enslaved in Bladen County, North Carolina.

Performance and Citizenship in Asian America

Esther K. Lee
THEATER 252FS/Immigration and Citizenship Focus Cluster
Fall 2020

The course examines the relationship between performance and citizenship with case studies drawn from Asian American history. Performancehas been central to the formation and expression of citizenship since the beginning of US history, and for Asian Americans, who are stereotyped as “perpetual foreigners,” the experience of becoming citizens have involved complex legal and cultural challenges that question what “American” means broadly. Providing an interdisciplinary survey, the course includes studies of various forms of performances, including legal cases, activism, political campaigns, theater, film, and new media. Open only to Focus Program students.

History of Latinxs in the United States

Cecilia Marquez
Spring 2020

This introductory course will cover the social, cultural, and political histories of Latino/as in the United States from 1848to the present including the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Great Depression, WWI/WWII, the creation of Latino/a civil rights organizations, and the civil wars and free trade agreements of the 1980s and 1990s that have spurned so much of contemporary migration. Themes include colonialism and conquest, sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, transnationalism and migration, social inequality and practices of resistance. This class will highlight the diversity of the Latino/a experience—focusing on the history of Afro-Latino/as, queer Latino/as, and undocumented Latino/as. Instructor: Marquez

Decolonization: Histories, Meanings, Struggles

Jessica Namakkal
ICS 335S /Immigration and Citizenship Focus Cluster
Fall 2020

This course explores decolonization as an historical event, a category of theoretical analysis, and a series of contemporary social movements. Course material will introduce students to the history of decolonization as both idea and event, putting global anti-colonial movements of the twentieth century into conversation with contemporary struggles for the decolonization of occupied land, institutions, and epistemologies. This interdisciplinary course draws on work in history, geography, anthropology, women’s studies, and postcolonial and decolonial studies. Students will also read and research manifestos, memoirs, archival documents, documentary films, oral histories, and museum exhibits.

Identity and Linguistic Rights in the Spanish Speaking Americas

Liliana Paredes
Spring 2019

This course brings together the topics of language and human rights, exploring questions of language contact, bilingualism and endangered languages from the perspective of social injustices and human rights. The focus of the course is on how language is used to shape and negotiate identities and how it reflects and sustains social realities; this course will examine and reflect on situations of oppression and how they are associated to sociolinguistic attitudes, behavior and cultural expressions. Taught in Spanish.

Immigrant Dreams/US Realities

Gunther Peck
Fall 2018

Immigrants and immigration policy in the United States from 1850 to the present, with focus on origins and power of immigrant exclusion during three waves of migration: Northern European and Asian migrations between 1850 and 1880, Eastern European, Latin American, and Asian migrations, 1880-1920, and Latin American, African, and Asian migrations, post 1965. Immigrant roles in shaping policy debates, citizenship rights, labor movements, and American culture, past and present.

Historicizing Whiteness

Gunther Peck
Fall 2016

Examines origins, historical development, and consequences of white racial identity, from the 17th century to the present, beginning with the emergence of white racial grammar among trafficked white servants and so-called “white slaves” to the creation of racialized rights and privileges for white people in Great Britain and the United States in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Gateway Seminar: Civil Rights and Asian Americans

Sucheta Mazumdar (Course also taught by Susan Bramley Thananopavarn in Writing Program)
Spring 2020

Study of crucial legal and political moments in the struggle for equal civil rights of minorities, beginning with the laws of Chinese Exclusion, the struggle to define who was “White,” the Asian Immigration Exclusion Acts, the relationships of Asians and African Americans and the struggle for equal schooling in the American South, the Japanese Concentration camps, the Redress and Reparations Civil Rights struggle, and the involvement of Asians Americans in the African American-led Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, including working with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and Asian Americans in the anti-sweatshop unionization movement.

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