Spring 2023 Women's Studies GU4210 section 001

BLACK GEOGRAPHIES

Call Number 00787
Day & Time
Location
R 2:10pm-4:00pm
306 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Marisa Solomon
Type SEMINAR
Course Description

Far from obvious renderings of place, maps are spatial arguments about who belongs where and how living should be defined. This course approaches place as something that is contested daily in the U.S. through the struggle of who gets to lay claim to a way of life. From the landscapes of dispossession to the alternative ways marginalized people work with and against traditional geographies, this course centers Black place-making practices as political struggle. This class will look at how power and domination become a landed project. We will critically examine how ideas about “nature” are bound up with notions of race, and the way “race” naturalizes the proper place for humans and non-human others. We will interrogate settler colonialism’s relationships to mapping who is and isn’t human, the transatlantic slave trade as a project of terraforming environments for capital, and land use as a science for determining who “owns” the earth. Centered on Black feminist, queer and trans thinkers, we will encounter space not as a something given by maps, but as a struggle over definitions of the human, geography, sovereignty, and alternative worlds. To this end, we will read from a variety of disciplines, such as Critical Black Studies, Feminist and Intersectional Science Studies, Black Geographies and Ecologies, Urban Studies and Afrofuturist literature. (Note: this class will count as an elective for the CCIS minors/concentrations in F/ISTS, ICORE/MORE, and Environmental Humanities.)

Web Site Vergil
Department Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies @Barnard
Enrollment 17 students (16 max) as of 5:05PM Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Status Full
Subject Women's Studies
Number GU4210
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20231WMST4210W001