Courses for Fall 2020

A complete list of courses offered by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, including full descriptions and cross-listings, is available via Courses @ Brown.

  • The Art of International Relations

    From the ritual handshakes of country leaders to iconic photographs of migrants and refugees, from the use of music in combat and torture to the mobilization of art to make a better world, aesthetics informs the way international actors present themselves, portray the world, perceive others, and conceive of peace, conflict, and war. At the intersection of the humanities and social sciences, this course explores cultural practices constitutive of the diplomatic stage, international society, transnational networks, globalization, and postcoloniality in the 20th and 21st centuries. These include theatre, literature, music, dance, images, film, television, and social media. This course may be counted as a track elective in the security track of the international and public affairs concentration.
    HMAN 0800B S01
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  • Encounters: Latin America in Its Literature and Culture (HISP 0730)

  • The Politics of Gender in the Caribbean Novel (AFRI 0850)

  • Loss, Political Activism, and Public Feelings: Between Fact and Affect (HIST 1972I)

  • 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
    ALL students will have required in-person meetings as agreed upon with the instructor on a project-by-project basis held during the regularly scheduled seminar time. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, students will be assigned groups by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Meetings will take place in Pembroke Hall 003.
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  • England without a Monarchy: Regicide and Republic, 1649-1660

    This course examines England's mid-seventeenth century revolution, looking at high and low politics, the rise of popular radicalism, and the conflict in the empire. Themes explored include: the trial of Charles I; the commonwealth, 1649-53; the Ranters and the sexual revolution; the Digger commune at St. George's Hill; Oliver Cromwell's war crimes in Ireland; Cromwell as Lord protector, 1653-58; the social and gender egalitarianism of the Baptists, Quakers, and Fifth Monarchists; the revolutions in the Caribbean and Atlantic; and the Western Design and capture of Jamaica.
    HMAN 1974Q S01
    Primary Instructor
  • The Cultures of Roman Imperialism

    “The Cultures of Roman Imperialism” explores the cultural feedback loops between capital and provinces in the ancient Roman world, studying the literature (and some material culture) not only of expansionist Rome, but of the populations subject to Rome (including Greek, Egyptian, and Judaic). How did Rome appropriate local cultural forms to legitimize its own power? How did local cultures push back with their own appropriations? We will find new ways to study an ancient empire that has subsequently been a model not only for governance, whether enlightened or oppressive, but also for dialogue and interchange, however fraught.
    HMAN 1974U S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Contested Histories of Colonial Indochina: Culture, Power, Change (HIST 1978D)

  • The Creative Ensemble (TAPS 1280B)

  • Disability and Culture in the Past and Present (ANTH 1760)

  • Authority, Identity, and Visual Culture in Colonial America (HIAA 1631)

  • Philosophy of Biology (PHIL 1900)

  • Independent Study

    HMAN 1990 S01
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    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Environmental Humanities

    We live in a time of immense global change and ecological rupture that poses a foundational challenge for modern society. How are we to respond to environmental crises that take place on a geological scale without papering over complex issues of social inequality, racial difference, and powerful gender norms? How might we promote the flourishing of sustainable communities that include both human and non-human, present and future beings? This collaborative seminar will address deep philosophical questions like these by exploring a range of work in environmental humanities. The readings reflect a diversity of disciplinary commitments and methodological approaches ranging from History, Anthropology, and Philosophy to Indigenous Studies and Science Studies.
    HMAN 2400I S01
    This course will meet for synchronous weekly discussions during the assigned class time. The precise configuration of these meetings will be determined following a student survey at the beginning of the semester and in accordance with public health guidance.
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  • Suspicion and Its Others (ENGL 2901N or RELS 2110C)

    This course is being offered both by English (ENGL2901N) and Religious Studies (RELS2110C).
  • Instruments and Instrumentalities

    What is an instrument? Today, in a variety of fields, the definitions of instrument and instrumentality are transforming. While retaining its older connotations of delegation, means to ends, and tool-use, the "instrument" now also implies bigger, messier complexes of technologies, bodies, and rationalities. In this seminar, we will think transversally across categories and contexts to consider the form and meaning of musical instruments, technical instruments, and ideas of instrumentality. Readings will draw from music, media studies, science and technology studies, sound studies, cultural studies, and related fields. This is a distributed seminar, collaboratively taught between Brown and McGill Universities.
    HMAN 2400Z S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Metaphor/Matter/Time: Literature and the Changing Earth (ENGL 2761R)

  • Bakhtin and the Political Present: Literature, Anthropology, Dialogue (ENGL 2901M)