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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies Courses Fall 2019

Ethnic Studies Symposium Chair
Kimberly Brodkin
Student chairs perform substantive analytic work related to this interdisciplinary field of study, conducting extensive research to explore speakers, develop panels, identify important issues, and develop the program of events.Working closely with each other, the planning committee, and the faculty director, chairs also develop leadership and professional responsibilities. Preference given to minors in Ethnic Studies, but students with relevant coursework or other experience will be considered.

United States: Empire to Superpower
T/TH 1:50–3:20 PM
Reiko Hillyer
The power of the United States in the world, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq. American economic growth and its consequences. The federal government and the people. Mass society and mass marketing. Changing political alignments, the policy elite, and “political will.” The welfare state, women’s and minority rights

Colonial Latin American History
T/Th 9:40 AM - 11:10 AM        
Elliott Young
History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Britain in the Age of Revolution, 1688 to 1815
M/W/F 9:10–10:10 AM    
David Campion
A history of Britain and its people from the Glorious Revolution to the end of the Napoleonic War. The end of absolutism and the rise of the constitutional monarchy; the Augustan Age: arts, letters, and religion; the Atlantic world and British overseas expansion; the Enlightenment and scientific revolution; the American Revolution and its aftermath; union with Scotland and Ireland and the creation of the British national identity; the revolution in France and the wars against Napoleon; the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.

The British Empire
M/W/F 11:30 AM–12:30 PM    
David Campion
The history of British overseas expansion from the early 17th century to the end of the 20th century. Theories of imperialism; Britain’s Atlantic trade network; the Victorian empire in war and peace; collaboration and resistance among colonized people; India under the British Raj; Africa and economic imperialism; the effects of empire on British society; the creation of the British Commonwealth; the rise of nationalism in India, Africa, and the Middle East; decolonization and postcolonial perspectives. Extensive readings from primary sources.

African American History Since 1863 *ES Core Course*
M/W/F 12:40–1:40 PM  
Nancy Gallman
A survey of African American history from emancipation to the present: the process of emancipation, Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression and the transformation of the rural South, the civil rights movement, black power and white backlash, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the development of hip-hop culture. An examination of art, film, and theater will supplement written primary and secondary sources.

Race and Nation in Latin America
T/TH  1:50– 3:20 PM        
Elliott Young 
Social thought about race and nation in Latin America. The Iberian concept of pureza de sangre, development of criollo national consciousness, 20th-century indigenista movements. Linkages between national identities and constructions of race, particularly in the wake of revolutionary movements. Freyre (Brazil), Marti (Cuba), Vasconcelos (Mexico), and Sarmiento (Argentina).

African Politics
T/Th 9:40–11:10 AM        
Laura Vinson
Introduces students to political, social, and economic issues facing African states (primarily sub-Saharan), covering both domestic and international dimensions. The course explores the historical origins and contemporary dynamics of challenges associated with democratization, civil conflict, and underdevelopment, as well as emerging opportunities and prospects. Students gain specific country expertise, and are also equipped to make sense of the variation in the experiences of a range of African countries.

MUS 106-Workshops in World Music
T/Th 1:50-3:20 PM, M 6:00-7:30 PM
Kaley Mason
This course examines folk, popular, and art musical traditions from around the world with a special focus on the Andes, Ireland, Indonesia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Spain, and India. Drawing on historical and visual sources, recordings, and contemporary ethnography, the course develops interpretive skill sets for analyzing the sound and social life of music in contexts ranging from rituals, festivals, politics, and schools, to recording studios, television, the internet, and global stages. In addition to learning about key topics in the field of ethnomusicology, we engage with traditions firsthand through an ethnographic assignment in Portland and a weekly workshop with performance faculty on campus. Organized into three small-group sessions on Monday evenings, the workshop component introduces music from Indonesia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Spain, and North India through rotating sections devoted to each area. Finally, we will also confront how differences of gender, sexual orientation, age, class, race, ethnicity, faith, and nationality influence our understanding of musical life.

MUS 236-Music of Asia
M/W/F 9:10–10:10 AM
Kaley Mason
This course examines music of Asia with a special focus on two cultural areas: South Asia and Korea. Drawing on historical and visual sources, sound recordings, and contemporary ethnography, the course develops interpretive skill sets for analyzing musical practices of West, South, East, and Southeast Asia and their multiple diasporas. We explore the social life and creative work of music in contexts ranging from rituals, festivals, political arenas, and schools, to recording studios, television, the internet, and world stages. In addition to learning about key topics and debates across a wide range of interdisciplinary music scholarship, we engage with traditions firsthand through an ethnographic assignment in Portland, lecture-demonstrations, and workshops.

Comparative Rhetoric
M/W/F 1:50–2:50 PM        
Kundai Chirindo
Comparative approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism. History, theory, and contributions of non-Euro-American rhetorics. Exploration of rhetoric’s role in culture, knowledge, philology, and colonialism. Study of current scholarship on non-Euro-American rhetorics, including methodology.

Race, Rhetoric and Resistance
M/W 3:00–4:30 PM        
Kundai Chirindo
Role of rhetoric in social conflicts regarding issues of race. Theories and strategies of resistance and the implications for political action. Examination of major race and resistance texts.

Culture and Power in the Middle East
T/Th 1:50–3:20 PM        
Oren Kosansky  
Introduction to the anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on the relationship between global and local forms of social hierarchy and cultural power. Topics include tribalism, ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, gender, religious practices, migration, the politics of identity.

Anthropology of Suffering
T/Th 11:30 AM–1:00 PM        
Sepideh A. Bajracharya
An anthropological perspective on the modern subject and experience of suffering. Topics include the role, experience, and representation of suffering in illness, addiction, grief, poverty, inequality, religion, globalization, and violence. The relationship that social, economic, political, and subjective perspectives on suffering have to practices and possibilities of healing, rights, pleasure, peace, resistance, and faith. The methods and ethics of studying and representing suffering in popular culture, modern social theory, and ethnography.

Indigenous Peoples: Identities and Politics
M/W 3:00–4:30 PM        
Sarah Warren
Indigenous peoples, indigenous identity, and social movements for indigenous rights. How indigenous identity is defined, constructed, and maintained, and the rights that indigenous people have and can claim. The relationship between international organizations, including the United Nations, and indigenous movements. Central focus on North and South America with some comparative cases from Asia. Sociological theories of social movements, identity politics, and racial formation.

Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque
M/W/F 12:40–1:40 PM        
Juan Carlos Toledano
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

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