Communication And Culture | Seminar in Media
C793 | 1204 | Mukherjee


Topic: Black Cultural Studies

This course enters an ongoing scholarly dialogue about the place of race
and race studies within the theoretical and political agenda of
contemporary cultural studies. A generation of artists, activists, and
intellectuals has emerged to contribute a rich literature on "black
cultural studies" which explores the changing meanings of race and
ethnicity in societies of the African (and Asian) diasporas such as Britain
and the United States. The course offers the opportunity for critical
readings of an assortment of texts, events, and experiences that have
arisen from these transformations. Discussions will cover a range of issues
including subcultures and identities, displacement and difference,
post-colonialism, globalization, and postmodernity. There will be two or
more weekend screenings over the course of the semester.

Readings include the following texts: Kobena Mercer's Welcome to the
Jungle, Gina Dent's Black Popular Culture, Graeme Turner's British Cultural
Studies, Houston Baker et al.'s Black British Cultural Studies, Paul
Gilroy's Small Acts, The Black Public Sphere Reader, Thelma Golden's Black
Male. Excerpts of works by Frantz Fanon, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci
and others are included in a course reader that will be available
separately.

Dr. Roopali Mukherjee
Center for African American Studies
University of California Los Angeles