CULT 860: Special Topics in Cultural Studies

CULT 860-002: Space, Place, and Power
(Spring 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Innovation Hall 211

Section Information for Spring 2019

This graduate seminar will introduce students to critical approaches to understanding the political, cultural, and economic production of space. Readings will draw from a number of fields, including geography, history, sociology, anthropology, literary studies, and Native studies. Through these readings as well as multimedia and class discussions, we will consider a diversity of spaces, from outer space to cyberspace, cities, suburbs, and more. We will especially think about how space is constructed as and through gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and nationality. What happens when we understand these social relations as spatial formations? The course will also explore macro historical forces (such as neoliberalization) as scalar processes organized through the state and capital that in turn reshape both economy and governance.

Finally, the course will have a focus on relationships between methodology and spatialization. In other words, we will consider how different approaches to space (such as archival, ethnographic, and cinematic) produce different kinds of space. Students will be required to develop a paper for the course that explores a methodological relationship to a specific spatial formation. Proposals for these papers will be due the second week of class, so participants are encouraged to begin thinking about a project prior to the semester’s start.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Specialized interdisciplinary topics in cultural theory and analysis. Notes: These courses are designed for the PhD student. Those students not admitted to a PhD program are required to contact the instructor. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to a doctoral program, or permission of the instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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