Courses for Fall 2017

  • Fake: A History of the Inauthentic

    What is a fake? Are “fake” and “authentic” absolute and antithetical categories? Who gets to decide what is authentic? Greek statues, Chinese bronzes, Maya glyphs—what gets faked and why? Have fakes always existed? Galileo’s moons, a centaur’s skeleton, Buddhas bearing swastikas—are all fakes the same? If not, how are they different? Why do people make fakes? Who wins? Who loses? This course revolves around the history of the inauthentic through a diachronic exploration of art objects and other forms of material culture. We will range widely in time and space, focusing primarily on the pre-modern. FYS
    HMAN 0900B S02
    This is a first-year seminar course.
    Primary Instructor
    Rojas Silva
  • Introduction to iPhone/iPad Moviemaking Using 3-D and 360 VR Comparisons

    Mobile Devices are democratizing movie-making by lowering barriers to entry, enabling students to become full-fledged members of the film industry virtually overnight. This pioneering course provides the basic tools for students to create and distribute no- and low-budget live-action motion pictures with professional production values utilizing only their personal smartphones. Students will acquire the skills to plan, capture and edit short motion pictures through hands-on instruction and experimentation with low-cost accessories, including selfie-sticks, lens adapters, directional microphones and iPhone apps like Filmic Pro, Vizzywig and iMovie. Limited to junior, senior and graduate students.
    HMAN 1971S S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Rhythm and Resistance (AFRI 1050V)

  • Kubrick's Work: A study of his Feature Films, Documentaries, and Photography

    Seminar on the whole of Kubrick’s oeuvre as an artist: his feature films, his documentaries, and his photography for Look magazine. We’ll start with his sci-fi masterpiece 2001, and then take up Kubrick’s early noirs (Day of the Fight; Killer’s Kiss; The Killing); his sex films (Lolita; A Clockwork Orange; Eyes Wide Shut); and his war films (Paths of Glory; Dr. Strangelove; Full Metal Jacket). Topics include: film adaptation (most of Kubrick’s films are derived from novels); film genre; men and masculinity in extremis; technophilia and technophobia; Kubrick’s reputed misogyny and misanthropy; the aesthetics of violence; and sex on film.
    HMAN 1972X S01
    This seminar is conceived for juniors and seniors with concentrations in the humanities.
    Primary Instructor
  • Indigenous Peoples and American Law

    The European colonial empires and their successor states in the Americas all developed bodies of law concerned with the indigenous peoples who preceded them. In the United States, this body of law is generally still known as “American Indian Law” or, more recently, “Federal Indian Law.” It emerged out of colonial-era juristic thinking and was adapted and transformed after the U.S. gained independence from Britain. This seminar will study both the history and structure of this body of law. It will also seek to uncover the ways the technical legal materials embody deep-rooted cultural presuppositions about indigenous peoples. WRIT
    HMAN 1972Y S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Race, Sexuality, and Mental Disability History (AFRI 1060Z)

  • Feminist Theory for a Heated Planet (POLS 1824N)

  • East Asian Cinemas in a Global Frame (MCM 1203U)

  • Sports and Culture in Latin America (HISP 1371B)

  • Independent Study

    HMAN 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Trans/Passing, In Theory

    This course examines the social, political, and cultural deployments of what we call “trans/passing” in a variety of literary and visual texts, mostly drawn from the national popular imaginary. While passing has been considered an extension and disruption of “settled” racial identities, and trans has generally been invoked as an intersectional or genderqueer subject position, our neologism points to the confluence of these terms in contemporary popular culture, a confluence that braids and scrambles the multiple registers of gender, race, sexuality, and class.
    HMAN 2400B S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Potential History of Photography: Collaboration (MCM 2100R)

  • What Was Europe?

    “What Was Europe?” focuses on the “crisis of the European spirit” in 20th-century thought. In this course we will look at the origins of Europe and its aftermath in the literary study, philosophy, and political theory.
    HMAN 2400E S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Politics Beyond the Human

    Investigates the politics of the relationship between people and the earth; examines the environmental consequences of this relationship as it currently exists, as well as its impact on human justice and freedom; and explores alternative political imaginaries and institutional forms that include the non-human and evaluates their implications for sustainability, justice, and freedom. In considering the political relationship between human beings and the earth, we examine (and problematize) core political concepts including justice, freedom, agency, sovereignty, democracy, liberalism, rights, representation, and the political. Readings reflect a great diversity of normative commitments and methodological approaches.
    HMAN 2970A S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Decolonial Methodology: Pedagogy for a New Era of Dissent and Resistance

    The seminar will focus on the ways to develop and nurture a decolonial methodology that is intersectional, anti-racist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. The aim is to produce a space of trust that allows debating hard questions and challenging our own assumptions, and encouraging collective thinking and cooperative learning.
    HMAN 2971C S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Caring for the Truth

    The seminar offers a close reading of two series of lectures Michel Foucault gave in 1983-1984. Turning to classical Greek authors Foucault sought to understand how certain forms of care for the truth became central to regimes of power and forms of government, but also to regimes of individuals’ self-formation. Proceeding along three axes we will follow the main themes in Foucault’s text, read independently some of his primary texts, and use his interpretive analytics to probe into “the truth wars” of the present, reflecting on the way we are – or wish to be – positioned in relation to them.
    HMAN 2971D S01
    Primary Instructor