CRS: Memory, Migration, Solidarity - Making Memory in Immigrant Communities

Schools of Public Engagement: Global, Urban, & Environmental

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Memory, Migration, Solidarity
Spring 2024
Taught By: Alexandra Delano and Milton Trujillo
Section: A

CRN: 15000

Credits: 4

This course will examine how memory frames individual and community experiences in contexts of migration, displacement, erasure and community formations. It is a collaboration and dialogue between academic and grassroots community workers, with a commitment to learning beyond the space of the university. It asks who participates in memory making and unmaking, and how do they do it in contexts of family separation, dispossession, erasure of language and unrootedness? To answer this the class explores how memory is practiced in migrant communities in NYC crossed by processes of border violences, undocumentation and surveillance, imperialism and criminalization. We will discuss the rituals of memory building in relation to migrant communities in public, private, and translocal spaces by examining archives, memorials and memorializations, monuments and counter-monuments within the city. The course will include site visits to the Queens Museum as the former site for the United Nations, where the decision for the partition of Palestine was made; community spaces in Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens; Hart Island, a former prison and a place of burial for unclaimed, deceased New Yorkers; and the Malcolm X Garden and other urban community gardens with a focus on food justice. Through these site visits we will examine the role of memory as a tool for justice, repair, solidarity, and community formation. Course materials include films, photography, poetry, podcasts, art, literature and archives alongside academic texts. Students will participate in exercises of memory transmission, considering where and how memory is located, how it manifests, its relationship to the work of forgetting, and how mobility across borders (or lack thereof) shapes individual and collective processes of identifying, narrating, understanding and imagining differing temporal experiences.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global, Urban, & Environmental (GLUE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 13

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 10:58pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1101
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024