Cultural Studies | Race and the Body Politic
C701 | 31385 | Nieto-Phillips
This seminar emerges from recent scholarship on race, gender,
migration, and citizenship in the United States. Within this
scholarship, Latinas and Latinos figure large as historical agents and
subjects of inquiry. Often working across disciplines,
anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and scholars of law,
literature, and education have produced new and provocative works on
Latinos’ shifting relationship to the U.S. body politic. In this
course, we will explore a few select readings that exemplify their
diverse approaches. We’ll pay particular attention to their
disciplinary orientations, research methodologies, and conceptual
frameworks. While this course is grounded in historical concerns and
methods, it is open to all students interested in Latinos, race, and
the body politic.
A principle objective of this course is to understand how scholars
have grappled with a wide array of primary sources (oral histories,
published memoirs as well as unpublished texts, government records,
etc.) in recovering and amplifying the voices of Latinas and Latinos.
Further, we will examine how those voices are situated within broader
national and transnational narratives. Another objective of this
course is to engage students in primary research and scholarly
production. To that end, students will formulate a research project
that will be carried out during the first ten weeks of the semester.
That project will serve as the basis for a 20- to 35-page paper that
(it is hoped) will inspire a future publishable article or conference
presentation. Students will present their papers in class toward the
end of the semester.