CRS: Black Study and Speculative Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

CRS: Black Study & Practice

Fall 2018

Taught By: Christopher Harris

Section: A

CRN: 7596

Credits: 4

What would it look like to (re)claim the University as a space for fugitivity and disruption? How might it work as a site for the always-incomplete project of (un)making worlds? What would it mean to assert blackness – its global construction, processes, and performances - as the foundation upon which we address these questions? This course is an experiment in collaborative learning, thinking, and doing beyond white western genealogies. It aims to facilitate a space for imagining otherwise through community building and principled struggle, using Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s notions of “study” and “planning” as an organizing frame for critical intervention. Through texts, images, and sounds produced by and through the black diaspora both within and outside the United States, we will give careful attention to the enduring legacies of slavery; the cultural impact of what Paul Gilroy has termed the Black Atlantic that transcends nationalisms; and the Black Radical Tradition. We will build on these to draw connections to the political and material reality black and brown people currently face across the globe. Students will develop research projects that seek to address racialized knowledge and multiple modes of resistance to combat it. Students will be given a wide range of options for what such a project could look like (traditional paper or policy brief, an exhibition or documentary, a panel or colloquium, a political manifesto, etc) as the project should operate alongside and advance how each student understands political engagement and social justice. Field trips and guest speakers will help ground our thinking in the work already being done (and not done) to address these problems. Along with a deeper understanding of the critical contributions of scholars, writers, and artists of the black diaspora, and the real-world consequences of antiblackness, students will rethink what it means to "study," and towards what aims we do so.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 10:10am 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 911

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018