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Spring 2019 course roster
(This list is tentative and subject to change)

Research Strategies in Latino and Africana Studies - LSP 1101 (also ASRC 1900). The digital revolution has made an enormous amount of information available to research scholars, but discovering resources and using them effectively can be challenging.  This course will introduce students with research interests in Latino and Africana Studies to search strategies and methods for finding materials in various formats (print, digital, film, e.g.) using information databases such as the library catalog, print and electronic indexes, and the World Wide Web.  Instructors will provide equal time for lecture and hands-on learning.  Topics will include government documents, statistics, subject specific online databases, social sciences, the humanities, and managing citations electronically. Instructors: Tony Cosgrave/Tom Ottaviano MW 2:30 – 3:20 or Eric Acree TR 11:15 – 12:05. 1 credit. PLEASE NOTE: This course is a ½ semester course – 2nd 7 week session – 3/11 – 5/7/2019.

Music of Mexico – LSP 1321 (also MUSIC, AMST, SPAN, LATA 1321). This class is a survey of music practices among Mexican communities both in Mexico and in the U.S. Taking contemporary musical practices as a point of departure, the class explores the historical, cultural, and political significance of a wide variety of Mexican music traditions (including indigenous, folk, popular, and art music, dating back to the 16th Century) from a transnational perspective. Instructor: Alejandro Madrid. TR 10:10 – 11:25. 3 credits.

Latinos in the United States - LSP 2010 (also SOC/DSOC 2650, AMST 2655). Exploration and analysis of the Hispanic experience in the United States. Examines the sociohistorical background and economic, psychological, and political factors that converge to shape a Latino group identity in the United States. Perspectives are suggested and developed for understanding Hispanic migrations, the plight of Latinos in urban and rural areas, and the unique problems faced by the diverse Latino groups. Groups studied include Mexican Americans, Dominicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans. Instructor:  Héctor Vélez. TR 2:55 – 4:10. 3 or 4 credits variable.

(Im)migration and (Im)migrants: Then and Now – LSP 2152 (also GOVT 2152).  One in ten residents of the United States was born outside the country. These people include international students, temporary workers, refugees, asylees, permanent residents, naturalized U.S. citizens and undocumented migrants. The arrival of these newcomers affects the cultural, economic, political and social dynamics of the country. Since immigration shows no signs of slowing down—in the United States or in many other nations of the world—the causes, consequences and repercussions of immigration will be one of the most important topics of the 21- century. Therefore this class will examine the history and contemporary role of immigration in the U.S. political system. The class will focus on two aspects of immigration: First, a historical examination of immigration policy from the founding of the country all the way forward to the current debate over immigration reform. Second, we will evaluate and assess the political incorporation and political participation of immigrant groups in the U.S. and determine whether immigrants are being incorporated, and if not, why? We will reflect on many important questions including the costs and benefits of immigration, issues related to civil rights and civil liberties, and finally propose our own ideas and solutions to the current immigration reform debate. Instructor: Sergio Garcia-Rios. MW 2:55 – 4:10. 4 credits.

Perspectives on Latin America: Decolonizing Latinidad – LSP 2201 (also SPAN/LATA 2200). This course explores the various ways in which the concepts of latinidad and “Latin” have been constructed, deployed, contested, and reformulated since the 19th century in Latin America and Latina/o communities in the United States. Focusing on questions of geography, race, gender, sexuality, language, music, and popular culture, this course seeks to bridge the gap between Latin American and Latina/o Studies by deconstructing normative notions of what it means to the ‘Latin’ and thinking through the exclusionary and empowering significations and possibilities inherent in that label. The course proposed decoloniality as a framework to untangle the affective dimensions and historical obstacles of theorizing latinidad. Instructor: Shawn McDaniel. TR 10:10 - 11:25. 4 credits.

Caribbean Worlds - LSP 2212 (also ASRC 2212, ENGL 2512).  This introductory course to the study of the Caribbean will begin the definition of what constitutes the Caribbean and an understanding of Caribbean space.  We will then study its peoples, contact between Europeans and indigenous peoples, African enslavement and resistance, Indian indentureship and later induced or voluntary migrations.  By mid-semester we will identify a cross-section of leading thinkers and ideas. We will also pay attention to issues of migration and the creation of the Caribbean diaspora. Constructions of tourist paradise and other stereotypes and the development of critical Caribbean institutions and national development will be discussed as we read and listen to some representative oral and written literature of the Caribbean and view relevant film on the Caribbean. This inter-disciplinary survey provides students with a foundation for more specialized coursework on the Caribbean offered in our department. Instructor: Carole Boyce Davies. MW 2:55 – 4:10. 3 credits.

Digital Latinxs – LSP 2470 (also STS 2470). Digital technology has been a part of modern life in the U.S. since the Cold War. A growing population of users works, plays, become politically active and fight-off boredom through digital technology. But who are these users? Where do they congregate and how do they emerge? How do they make meaning of their lives? This course focuses on the everyday experiences of Latinxs as users. It examines their participation in digital environments and their engagements with technology while paying attention to their social, political, and cultural contexts. Rather than imagine “users” as a universal category, students will learn about the experiences of Latinxs in digital spaces and their contributions to what scholars call digital culture. Instructor: Ivan Chaar-Lopez. TR 11:40 – 12:55. 3 credits.

Latino Theatre Production – LSP 3010 (also COML/LATA 3010). Students develop a specific dramatic text for full-scale production. The course involves selection of an appropriate text, close analysis of the literary aspects of the play, and group evaluation of its representational value and effectiveness. All students in the course are involved in some aspects of production of the play, and write a final paper as a course requirement. Credit is variable depending upon the student’s role in play production: a minimum of 50 hours of work is required for 1 credit; a maximum of 3 credits are awarded for 100 hours or more of work. Instructor: Debra Castillo. Time. MW 7:30 – 8:45. 1-3 credits variable.

Child Refugees and the Politics of Vulnerability – LSP 3402 (also FGSS 3400, AMST 3420, GOVT 3401). Children comprised 52 percent of the worldwide refugee population of 68.5 million in 2017. Traveling with families as well as unaccompanied, these kids appear in media accounts as the most vulnerable and at risk of all refugee categories. In this course, we will consider to what degree this assignation of vulnerability, often corresponding with victimhood, shapes the journeys and lives of refugee children. We will use the growing body of feminist scholarship on vulnerability in law, philosophy, migration studies, and other fields to investigate how “vulnerability” creates categories of worthy and unworthy victims. In the U.S., for example, images of babies and toddlers being separated from Central American parents prompted outrage. Yet images of teenage boys in makeshift tents in the New Mexico desert went largely uncovered. At what age does a child no longer deserve sympathy and protection? In what ways does vulnerability overshadow children’s agency? How might vulnerability be rearticulated so as to address children’s specific needs? Our main focus will be Central American and Mexican children crossing into the U.S. at the southern border, but we will make comparisons to other groups throughout the world. Instructor: Jane Juffer. Time: MW 2:55 – 4:10. 4 credits.

Multicultural Issues in Education - LSP 3405 (also ANTHR/EDUC/AMST 3405). This course explores research on race, ethnicity and language in American education. It examines historical and current patterns of minority school achievement as well as practices of teaching and learning in diverse families, communities, and schools.  Policies, programmatic and pedagogical responses to diversity, including multicultural and bilingual education, are addressed. Instructor: Sofia Villenas. TR 2:55 – 4:10. 4 credits.

Latinx Popular Culture Matters - LSP 3980 (also ENGL 3980/AMST 3981). This course analyzes several areas of Latinx popular culture that deeply impacted U.S. politics and history, artistic productions, and aesthetic sensibilities, as well as popular and civic cultures. Mapping a historical trajectory of Chicanidad and Latinidad in art, music, film, and popular media in the twentieth century, the course also engages contemporary practices in art that are rooted in 1960s and 1970s civil rights and community art movements. Topics include Latinx people in film and TV, muralism and street art, music, spoken word as well as close examinations of representations of Latinx people in American mainstream culture. Instructor: Ella Diaz. MW 2:55 – 4:10. 4 credits.

Contemporary Issues in Latina/o/Latin America – LSP 4000/6000 (also LATA 4000/6000).  Interested in Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies? This course will explore topics in Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, Literature, Government, Sociology, and more, of US Latina/o and Latin American contexts. Course features guest speakers from Cornell and other institutions. Course requirements: Attend a total of 12 programming events of your choice throughout the semester sponsored by the Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies (you should plan for at least one a week), and write a brief follow-up critical or analytic report on some aspect of what you learned.  These reports are due within one week of the event. Instructor: Deb Castillo. W 12:20 - 1:10 pm. 1 credit.

Border Theory, Border Practice – LSP 3338/6338 (also COML 3338/6338).  As human migration around the world reaches a crisis unseen since WWII and as fences and walls once again dominate political rhetoric, how do we reckon with borders – not just as a metaphor but as a way of life? By examining how ideas and practices of borders interact and collide with their physical and embodied realities, this course approaches one of the most urgent questions of our time in a comparative, transnational framework. Starting with the U.S.-Mexico border and human flows across the Indian subcontinent, we will venture into numerous other zones to develop conceptual frameworks and critical vocabularies for borders in the twenty-first century. Instructors: Debra Castillo and Anindita Banerjee. TR 1:25 - 2:40. 4 credits.

Data Bodies: Latinx Art and Politics – LSP 4470 (also STS 4470). What shapes do data and bodies take in digital environments? Conversely, how have computing cultures and networks been shaped by data and bodies? What kinds of politics can be performed in such conditions? This course tackles these questions by centering the artistic practices of Latinxs and their contributions to the history of performance, multimedia art and tactical media. Instructor: Ivan Chaar-Lopez. Thursday 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits

Refugees – LSP 4851/6851 (also HIST/AMST 4851).  Since World War II, over four million people have migrated to the United States as refugees.  In this seminar, we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways they challenged our understanding of the United States as a “haven for the oppressed”.  We will examine how refugee/asylum policy was crafted: the role of non-governmental actors in influencing policy, and the ways it reflected foreign policy interests and security concerns.  The second half will pay particular attention to our changing definitions of who “merits” asylum in the United States since the end of the Cold War. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. Monday 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits.

Advanced Research Methods in Migration Studies – LSP 6110 (also ILRIC 6311). This course is only open to students who have already taken the introductory research methods course LSP 4312/6312 (also ILR 4312/6312). Students will participate in a winter session practicum, and in this follow-up course will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on turning their field work results into professional policy papers or academic publications.  As a course with a strong commitment to community engagement, students will also learn how to share their results with the target communities in an effective manner. Instructor: Debra Castillo. W 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits.

Hispanic Caribbean Rhythms and Aesthetics – LSP 6770 (also SPAN 6780). This course explores how Caribbean music—such as son, merengue, and reggaetón—dialogues with literature in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and New York. Theoretical readings on Caribbeanness (Benítez-Rojo, Glissant) and ethnomusicology (Flores, Moore, Rivera-Rideau) animate our interdisciplinary examination of Afro-Antillean poetics (Nicolás Guillén), Cuban neo-Baroque aesthetics (Severo Sarduy), coloniality and cultural consumption (Luis Rafael Sánchez), queer Caribbean diasporas (Mayra Santos-Febres), and soundtracks of Dominican urbanity (Rita Indiana). Taught in Spanish. Instructor: Shawn McDaniel. Tuesday 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits.