Graduate Courses


SPRING 2021 Graduate Courses

SPN 220, Criticism and Critical Documentation: Raciolingüística en las Fronteras
Department of Hispanic Studies, UC Riverside
Spring 2021
Claudia Holguín Mendoza, Ph.D.

Descripción del curso

En este seminario analizaremos críticamente los conceptos teóricos y las herramientas analíticas para el estudio de las ideologías y de las prácticas discursivas y lingüísticas que conforman la racialización de les hablantes. Estudiaremos cómo la racialización por medio de la lengua tiene efectos materiales en la sociedad desde de las microinteracciones hasta los niveles macrosociales (por ejemplo las microagresiones y las políticas educativas). También nos enfocaremos en cómo las personas son identificadas por la forma consciente y subconsciente de comunicarse lo mismo que las relaciones entre estas percepciones y la formación de estereotipos sociales interseccionales. Discutiremos también variadas perspectivas y metodologías de investigación dentro de los estudios de la Lingüística Sociocultural y del Análisis del Discurso. Por medio de la exploración de diferentes posturas interdisciplinarias, les participantes en este seminario podrán desarrollar sus habilidades analíticas en relación a las prácticas lingüísticas y las construcciones raciales en la sociedad actual, y sobre todo en nuestra región fronteriza de SoCal.

SPN 279: The Graphic Global South
Prof. Rocío Pichón-Rivera
Spring 2021
W 4:00pm-6:50pm

Descripción del curso

This course revisits a history of visual and philosophical thinkers in the Global South. Comparing art, graphic novels, and films produced under the shadow of the Spanish, French and American imperial powers, we will follow a production of visual southern theory that theorized racial, gender, and class injustices in the light of significant historical events. We will read these graphic narratives as political theory in dialogue with seminal essays that established some of the concepts that are still at the core of today’s global debates about critical race theory, uneven development, and planetary injustice. As many authors pointed (Chapman, Ellin and Sherif, 2015; Howell, 2015) the visual medium often allows to articulate the sensory experiences that speech fails to name, particularly when the people who give testimony have been silenced by the effects of trauma. For this reason, historians encouraged a shift to include comics as cultural sources for the study of the past. What this seminar proposes is to think of these texts not just as an account of events but also as a visual critique of political theory. Perhaps the first great decolonial thinker in Latin America, 16th-century Waman Puma, wrote a letter to the King of Spain in which he felt the need to include over four hundred drawings to articulate what his verbal speech in Quechua and Spanish could not fully grasp. More recently, the medium of comics was used by the French and American empires to imagine its colonies: from the adventures of Tintin encountering racistly-imagined Black natives in Congo to the DC superheroes fighting orientalist incarnations of terrorism, comics served the imperial function of imagining distant enemies through simplistic narratives and missionary agendas articulated through notions of modernity, freedom, and civilization. Decades of this cultural industry operating on a global scale, however, have resulted in an inversion of this function: in the 21st century, the medium of comics has become a South-South public sphere where to denounce the memory and the persistence of imperial wars and global injustice and to visually theorize the colonization of the human body through social dynamics and internalized modes of subjection. The course ends with a hopeful series of essays and graphic narratives that affirm the body and the wisdom it often holds as a form of resistance. This recent shift towards healing, pleasure activism, and restorative justice moves away from defining the Global South and its racialized subjects as mere recipients of violence, by paying attention to the generative role of the body in contemporary politics of healing-resistance. These modes of existing challenge the alienation of dualistic, technocratic accounts of the body as labor force, in favor of a way of thought that is at once embodied and historical, visual and abstract, poetic and scientific, fierce and joyful.

SPN 275: Seminar in Literary Criticism
Aesthetics as Critique: From the Critique of Aesthetics to a Decolonial Perspective 

Fr. 9:00 a 12 Riverside, 6:00-9:00 pm Paris
8 sessions starting on April 2 and ending on May 28, 2021
Professor María del Rosario Acosta López

Descripción del curso

This course departs from a broad conception of aesthetics as the realm in which, through our senses, perceptions, and desires, the sense is (re)framed, (re)distributed, and either made intelligible or rendered imperceptible (invisible, inaudible, untouchable). That is, aesthetics is understood as always already political and, if taken up critically, as a political task. The seminar will begin by focusing on some of the philosophical foundations of aesthetics at the end of the 18th century in Germany, and the important turn, at the beginning of the 19th century, from aesthetics to the philosophy of art. Special attention will be paid to F. Schiller as a thinker who, starting from Kant’s critique of aesthetics, will move towards a conception of aesthetics as critique. As we will see, such a conception will prove influential for G.W.F. Hegel’s approach to the philosophical and historical role of art, as well as for later aesthetical-political approaches to critique (and the critical potential of art) such as those of the Frankfurt School in the first half of 20th century. Examining some of these more contemporary approaches (with particular attention to W. Benjamin and H. Marcuse), we will then turn to their interpellations, critiques, and creative appropriations by Latin American and Caribbean thinkers, in order to explore the possible (dis)connections between aesthetics understood as a historical-political critical task and a decolonial perspective. The reading list for this section is yet to be decided but will most likely include readings by Sylvia Wynter, Eduard Glissant, Nelly Richard, and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, accompanied by concrete examples of Latin American artistic and cultural interventions.

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