Digital Black Studies

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Digital Black Studies
Fall 2024
Taught By: Christine Goding-Doty
Section: AX

CRN: 17545

Credits: 4

The central, critical question of Black Studies is: What does it mean to be human? This is a question about living in our contemporary moment. It is a question about how to live in the future. In Digital Black Studies, students will look specifically at the place where questions of race, Blackness, and coloniality intersect with the problems of digital and virtual life. We will explore topics including surveillance, the carceral system, Black capitalism, and digital sociality in the contributions of scholars like Ruha Benjamin, Andre Brock, and Alondra Nelson, among others. We will compare the methodologies used by different digital race scholars, like Wendy Hui Kyong Chun who theorizes race itself as a technology or Safiya Noble whose work Algorithms of Oppression unveils how technology reifies racial discrimination. Over the semester, students will add their own research to interrogate the intersection of technology, race, and power, and will ultimately identify the shape of this new field as it is and as they would like to see it evolve.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:02am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1009
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/4/2024