Scenes of Liberation: Decolonization and the Moving Image

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Scenes of Liberation
Spring 2024
Taught By: Suneil Sanzgiri
Section: A

CRN: 13754

Credits: 4

The term “decolonization” has seemingly made its way into popular discourse in today’s world, but what does the term really mean and where can its influence be seen in the moving image? Through extensive screenings, readings, and guest visits, this course will examine cinematic explorations, past and present, of questions relating to colonialism, decolonization, post-colonial scholarship, liberation and independence movements around the globe from Turtle Island to the Global South. Is colonialism really over, or has it just evolved? How might the moving image reframe our discussions around contemporary liberation movements and what might be its ultimate limitations in articulating a subaltern or decolonial gaze? Through a combination of assignments students will be asked to produce writing and media of their own as methods towards discovering the liberatory potential (or lack thereof) through the moving image and its relationship to ongoing legacies of colonialism. NOTE: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors majoring in Culture & Media and Screen Studies only. [Tracks C, M, S]

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: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 5:04pm EDT 6/19/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 602
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024