Fall 2019

ANT 246 / AMS 246 (HA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Native American and Indigenous Studies: An Introduction
Tiffany Cain
This course will introduce students to the comparative study of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. We will take a broad hemispheric approach instead of focusing solely on the experiences of any particular native community, allowing students to both acquaint themselves with the diversity of indigenous communities and better understand the multitude of indigenous experiences--or, what it means to be indigenous--across regional contexts. How do processes of imperial expansionism and settler colonialisms shape the conditions within which indigenous Americans now live? How do native peoples relate to settler colonial governing bodies today?

EAS 373 / HUM 373 (HA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Modern China
Joshua Freeman

Students will acquire a broad understanding of China's history over the past three centuries, with an emphasis on the last 120 years. Following a brief overview of the broad sweep of Chinese history, we will learn about China's last dynasty, the Qing; about the rapid political, social, cultural, and economic changes that began in the mid-nineteenth century; and about the complexities and contradictions of China's twentieth century. We will consider how modern China has been shaped both by long-range trends and by key events and individuals. In doing so, we will also question some frequent assumptions about China, its past, and its present.

HUM 315 / CLA 315 / REL 301 (HA) No Audit
Incarceration in Antiquity
Caroline Cheung
Matthew Larsen
Material and textual data indicate carceral practices were regular features in the ancient Mediterranean. This course begins by discussing select key works in the field of carceral studies, and considers ancient evidence to discuss the challenges of identifying prison spaces, the role of the state in incarceration, and the purpose(s) of incarceration in antiquity. A digital humanities component (mapping carceral sites and producing 3D models) will give students an intricate understanding of ancient carceral geographies and introduce them to digital humanities. The course requires international travel during Fall Break.

HIS 423 / AAS 423 / AFS 423 (HA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Africa: Revolutionary Movements and Liberation Struggles
Ben Machava
At the tip of every political activist's tongue in the twentieth century was a word: Revolution. African activists did not lag behind in this age of revolution. These African activists saw their political projects as part of a global revolutionary wave to uproot the old world and bring about a new socio-political dispensation- chief among them: the liberation of their countries from colonial domination. This course explores the social roots of Africa's revolutionary movements and the liberation struggles that were carried out between the 1950s and 1970s.

HIS 483/AAS 483/AMS 483 (HA) NA, NPDF
Race in the American Empire
Bernadette Pérez

This seminar takes a comparative, relational, and intersectional approach to the history of race in the American Empire. We will begin with two structuring contexts: European colonialism and transatlantic slavery. Over the semester, we will travel from the Atlantic Coast to Puerto Rico, the Lumbee Nation in North Carolina, Hawaii, and the Philippines. We will end in Ferguson, Missouri; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Course readings draw from a range of fields and engage diverse histories to examine the pervasiveness of race in the United States. Themes include labor, migration, violence, science, law, and resistance.

ENG 445 / GSS 445 / ART 457 (LA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Between Desire and Disgust: Victorian Beauty in the Pre-Raphaelite and Aestheticist Traditions
Natalie Prizel

Disability theorist Tobin Siebers explains, "aesthetics track the emotions that some bodies feel in the presence of other bodies." In this course, we will consider if the definition is sufficient by exploring how nineteenth-century artists and writers, and particularly those involved in the Pre-Raphaelite and Aestheticism movements, thought about and transmitted aesthetic values, particularly as such values were expressed in embodied forms.

HUM 216 & 217 (LA) NA, NPDF
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I
Yelena Baraz
Leonard Barkan
Daniel Heller-Roazen
Benjamin Morison
Melissa Reynolds
Esther Schor
Humanistic Studies 216-219 is an intensive yearlong exploration of the landmark achievements of the Western intellectual tradition. With a team of faculty drawn from across the humanities and social sciences, students examine pivotal texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization from antiquity forward. The course is enhanced by guest lectures from preeminent scholars and by excursions to museums and performances. This double-credit course meets for six hours a week and fulfills distribution requirements in both LA and HA.

CLA 547 / PAW 503 / HLS 547 / HIS 557  Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Problems in Ancient History: Ancient Media, Modern Media Theory
Dan-El Padilla Peralta
Ava Shirazi
A half-century after Marshall McLuhan's minting of the phrase "The medium is the message," media theory has made few inroads in the study of ancient Mediterranean literatures and cultures, with some fields making more use of it than others. This seminar approaches the study of the ancient world as a discipline of mixed media, examining the potentials of both its textual and non-textual "things" in shaping past and present modes of knowledge production. Modern media studies and its kindred disciplines (semiotics, communication theory, mediology, the New Materialism, etc.) guide our theoretical approaches to ancient materials.

FRS 185
Revolutions and Music
Mari Jo Velasco

From the “Yankee Doodle” tune of the American Revolution to the Hip-Hop beats of the Arab Spring of 2011, music has been fundamental to the culture and politics of revolutions. Songs like “Do you hear the people sing” of the musical Les Miserables feed the revolutionary imaginary and live interesting lives as protest anthems. This course will explore the music and sonic practices of the American and French revolutions and their sociopolitical contexts. We will ask: What do music and sound contribute to a historical analysis of these eighteenth-century revolutions? Can thinking about music help us understand recent revolutions?

POL Junior Workshop 6
Rights and the Law in American Politics
Joanna Wuest

This junior workshop is concerned with discussions and debates about rights and the law in American politics. We will explore both how powerful and pervasive the politics of rights has become as well as the limitations and pitfalls that have attended the emphasis on formal legal rights. In doing so, we will ask critical questions such as: what kinds of groups and practices do legal rights purport to protect and to promote? What institutions are best equipped to fulfill these functions? What groups and subjects are most often left out of rights talk? In attempting to address these questions, we will study how political scientists, legal scholars, judges, and activists have all reckoned with the difficulties of discerning the scope and limits of rights and how political institutions recognize and uphold (or fail to uphold) them. Throughout the workshop, we will read classic statements on rights in critical legal studies and political science, contemporary works that examine how rights have been extended to political entities ranging from racial, gender, and sexual minorities to wealthy corporations, and accounts of those groups that are so maligned or invisible that they are left almost entirely out of these conversations. Ultimately, our collective task will be to investigate theoretical, empirical, and normative ways that we might address questions about rights in the American political context.