Communication and Culture | Seminar in Media (Topic: Race and Popular Culture in Latin America/Latino Communities)
C793 | 6252 | Rivero, Y.

M, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM, BH 235
Meets with AMST-G 751 and CULS-C 701
Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Yeidy Rivero
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 229
Phone: 856-3153


This seminar maps the interconnections among nationhood, identity,
racial ideologies, popular culture practices, and media artifacts in
the Latin American/ Spanish Caribbean/US Latino contexts.  Drawing
from research in the areas of history, anthropology, and media
studies, we will interrogate theoretical concepts such as ‘race,’
hegemony, resistance, hybridity, and mestizaje.  While
racial/cultural hierarchies in Latin America include indigenous
populations, in this course we will focus, for the most part, on the
racialization of ‘black’ and ‘mulatto’ communities.  Furthermore,
while most of the course readings will examine Latin America and the
Spanish Caribbean, we will also analyze the construction and
representation of Latinos/as in US media cultures.  The course
should be of particular interest to students in race and ethnic
studies, Latin American/Spanish Caribbean studies, African diaspora
studies, and media studies.


Dávila, Arlene (2001).  Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a
People.  Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Dzidzienyo, Anani and Suzanne Oboler (2005). Neither Enemies nor
Friends:  Latinos, Blacks, Afro Latinos.  New York: Palgrave

Noriega, Chon (2000).  Shot in America:  Television, the State, and
the Rise of Chicano Cinema.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota

Noriega, Chon and Ana López, eds. (1996). The Ethnic Eye:  Latino
Media Arts. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.

Fernandes, Sujatha (2006).  Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State
Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures.  Durham, North
Carolina:  Duke University Press.

Rivero, Yeidy (2005).  Tuning Out Blackness:  Race and Nation in the
History of Puerto Rican Television.  Durham, North Carolina:  Duke
University Press.

Wade, Peter (2000).  Music, Race, and Nation:  Música Tropical in
Colombia.  Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press.

Additional readings will be available through electronic reserve.


Class participation is critical to the success of this seminar.
Each evening before the class meeting the students (except those
leading class discussion) will send me two to four questions or a
brief thought piece based on the readings assigned for class.

In-class presentation and short paper.  Once during the semester the
students will conduct a class presentation and lead class discussion
based on the weekly readings.  Students are expected to produce for
the class a summary and critique of the assigned readings.  In
addition to the class presentation you must also submit a 5 to 7
page written critique on the readings for that week.

Research Paper/Presentation:  Each class member will be expected to
produce a 20-25 page research paper and present it to the seminar.
Students will select the topic.  The paper must focus on an area,
subject, or ‘problem’ that incorporates thematic ideas from the
class.  In addition, the paper should be based on original research
conducted specifically in relation to this course.

Final grades will be based on preparation and participation in the
seminar as well as timely completion of all written course work and

The following constitute the grade breakdown for the course:

One in-Class Presentation 20%
One Short Paper	20%
Weekly Questions 10%
Final Paper 40%
Presentation 10%