Memory and Diaspora




Diasporas are frequently invoked to emphasize shared history and the possibility of shared identity. Yet the question of what is held in common is in constant negotiation and flux. We will consider how contemporary ideas about race, culture, and belonging are entangled with what is remembered, and how and why. They evolve from complex dealings with migration, intergenerational dynamics, gender, sexuality, language, and religion, and with internal and external narratives of origin, dispersion, and authenticity. Our interdisciplinary course materials situate individual and collective experiences in contexts shaped by colonialism, enslavement, war, imperialism, and racial formation. We will explore how these works aim to reckon with what they inherit from the past in order to remake relational and political possibilities for the present and future.
Students will work throughout the semester on a scaffolded mixed media storytelling project with support from the Bok Center and engagements with writer, performer, and Theater of the Oppressed trainer Kayhan Irani. For EMR secondary fielders, this course can count for the “above introductory” or “transnational or global focus” requirements. For Latinx Studies secondary fielders, it can count for the “comparative” requirement.
Additional Information:
Faculty: Eleanor Craig
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Tuesday, 12:00 - 2:45 pm
EMR 152