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    Dangerous Words: Feminist Debates on Speech, Harm, and Representation

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    Fall

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    2022

    What does it mean to strike a balance between the democratic foundations of freedom of speech and rights of marginalized peoples to resist the subordinating words of the privileged? This course examines key debates in feminism, speech, and representation. Topics include pornography, cancel culture, trigger warnings, hate speech, slurs, and cultural appropriation. We will begin by orienting ourselves to the legal frameworks in the North America and Europe context around freedom of speech before turning to intersectional feminist, philosophical and critical theories analyzing the impacts...

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    The Making of Inequalities in Latin America: Seminar

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    Fall

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    2022

    This new iteration of the Latin American History Workshop will examine recent historiography on the region focusing on the making of social, racial and gender inequalities. The seminar will explore three main areas of scholarship: first, slavery and other forms of forced labor and its relationship with the emergence of racial ideologies; second, gender inequalities, especially in regard to struggles to obtain labor and reproductive rights; third, the enduring struggles for democracy in the region, comprising resistance to dictatorships, military interventionism, and right-wing extremism...

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    Inequality and American Democracy

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    Fall

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    2022
    The "rights revolutions" of the 1960s and 1970s removed barriers to full citizenship for African Americans, women, and other formerly marginalized groups. But inequalities of wealth and income have grown since the 1970s. How do changing social and economic inequalities influence American democracy? This seminar explores empirical research and normative debates about political participation, about government responsiveness to citizen preferences, and about the impact of public...
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    Social Theory, In and Out of Africa

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    Fall

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    2022
    Social Theory, In and Out of Africa examines some of the major con­cep­tual and methodological approaches that have shaped the history of social thought in, from, and about Africa. In so doing, it will address the historical roots, political invest­ments, and philosophical foundations of theory-making as they have taken shape in the crucible of empire, with Africa serving largely as the object of hegemonic Eurocentric knowledge-production. The readings will explore the interplay of...
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    Japan and Globalization

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    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    The main objective of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of how Japan has been impacted by and responded to structural changes brought about by globalization as a developed democratic polity situated in East Asia. Topics include Japan’s rise as a middle power, the idea of a liberal international order, trade, human rights, environment, territorial disputes, migration and refugees, gender inequality, and challenges posed by the Trump presidency....
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    Science, Activism, and Political Conflict

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    Fall

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    2022
    Today scientists often believe that their credibility requires them to stay “neutral” on controversial issues. But as we will explore in this course, scientists have regularly entered the public fray for over a century. They have marshaled their expertise as advocates in debates about race, gender, sexuality, poverty, and environmental protection. And they have struggled against sponsoring institutions to secure access to funding for research on controversial topics, such as gun...
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    Migration, Refugees, and Human Rights

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    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    Migration is a central political and moral issue of our time and its impacts will continue to alter our world throughout this century. Indeed large scale, irregular human migration should be considered “the new normal”, not an unexpected or one-off “crisis”. It affects the lives of millions, unsettles established governments, creates sharply polarizing policy dilemmas and generates far-reaching administrative, economic and political challenges. This course will focus on distress...
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    Introduction to the Study of East Asia: Issues and Methods

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    Spring

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    2023

    This interdisciplinary and team-taught course provides an introduction to several of the approaches and methods through which the societies and cultures of East Asia can be studied at Harvard, including history, philosophy, literary studies, political science, film studies, anthropology and gender studies. We consider both commonalities and differences across the region, and explore how larger processes of imperialism, modernization, and globalization have shaped contemporary East Asian societies and their future trajectories. 

     

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    Carceral Empire

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    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    Mass incarceration is a catastrophe in the United States, especially affecting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and poor communities. Different forms of carceral confinements have long been an integral part of the formation of the United States and other settler colonies in the Americas. In this course, we will focus on the history of Indigenous confinements. While the incarceration of Indigenous peoples today resembles the incarceration of other minoritized peoples, it has similar and...
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    Cold War Germany: Art and Politics on Both Sides of the Wall

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This course provides a survey of the history and culture of divided Germany during the Cold War. It examines the conditions leading to the foundation of two separate states, the role of the Allied Powers in East and West Germany, the ideological conflicts between them, and their different responses to dealing with a shared fascist past. Drawing on sources from literature, film, radio, theater and art, we will engage with key political debates and societal changes, such as the “...
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    American Democracy

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    Democracy, inequality, and nationalism in America. The white working class and American politics. Class and race. Identities and interests. Conditions for socially inclusive economic growth and for the deepening and dissemination of the knowledge economy. Alternative directions of institutional change, viewed in light of American history. Democratizing the market and deepening democracy. Self-reliance and solidarity. We explore and discuss the past, present, and especially the...
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    Mobility, Power and Politics

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    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This course incorporates insights from the new mobilities paradigm in studying the linkages between movement, power and politics in the contemporary era. The course will discuss how issues of mobility are central to many lives and many organizations, and how movement intersects with the spatialization and materialization of power, difference and inequality within societies. Students will come to an understanding of how mobility, and control over mobility, both reflects and...
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    Race in a Polarized America

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    How do we manage issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration in a polarized political era? What role did race play in the election of President Trump, after eight years of the presidency of Barack Obama? How can we be good citizens of the world when Americans have such mixed views and take such mixed actions in engaging with racial hierarchy, identity, or interaction? This course addresses these questions by examining policy disputes around issues such as incarceration and policing...
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    Suburban Wars: The American Suburb in the Twentieth Century

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    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    For as long as suburbs have existed, they have been battlefields—sites of contestation where Americans have fought over their social significance, their place in the political economy of urban areas, and their role in the nation’s identity. This undergraduate seminar explores questions about the meaning of suburbs, their relationship with cities, and the ways that suburbs have intersected with the histories of race, class, gender, capitalism, architecture, political ideology, and...
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    History of Modern Latin America

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    This course surveys Latin America from its 19th-century independence movements through the present day. How did the powerful legacies of European colonialism, and the neocolonial economic order that emerged to replace it, shape the Americas' new nations? Themes include nationalism and identity, revolution and counterrevolution, populism, state formation, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social movements, the role of foreign powers, inequality and social class, dictatorship, democratization, and human rights. 

     

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