Courses for Fall 2019

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

  • Brazilian Democracy in Literature and History (POBS 0711)

  • 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
  • Indigenous Politics in Hawai'i: Resurgence and Decolonization (POLS 1820I)

  • Political Theology for the Anthropocene

    The Seminar develops a discourse in political theology for gaining insight into the catastrophes of the modern world and those associated with the Anthropocene. The political imagination embedded in a cluster of texts from the Hebrew Bible and the political theology they imply will enrich discussions in political theory about sovereignty, government, law, and violence. The seminar gives special attention to the way the modern state and other modern and contemporary institutions have come to substitute for God as authors of large scale, globalized, and planetary catastrophes. Our theoretical companions include Buber, Assman, Agamben, Arendt, Foucault, Boltanski, and Žižek.
    HMAN 1974E S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Anthropology in/of the Museum (ANTH 1901)

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

  • The Human Skeleton (ANTH 1720)

  • Contested Histories of Colonial Indochina:Encounters,Soc. Transformations,Legacies of Emp-HIST 1978D

  • Rap as Storytelling (MUSC 1240R)

  • Independent Study

    HMAN 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • The Idea of the University

    What is the future of the university? Its very idea has undergone drastic changes, from the formulation of “academic freedom” in 1155 to what, under neoliberal capitalism, has been called the “uberfication of the university.” Our seminar is dedicated to key texts—from Kant to Derrida and Butler—in this history, focusing on topics such as the corporatization of universities, political protest, and the unconditional. Students will pursue collaborative inquiries into the idea of a university or jointly translate significant historical and theoretical documents; their research will be the foundation of a critical lexicon hosted on a dedicated webpage.
    HMAN 2400P S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Tracing Translations: Artistic Migrations and Reinventions in the Early Modern World

    This is a seminar about what happens when arts and ideas move. It defines processes of artistic and literary translation, from the repetition and reuse of narratives to the uncanny meeting of pictorial conventions to the tweaks, adjustments, and inventions that propelled arts across the early modern world. We will address theories of translation and imitation, and focus on problems of style, language, impostors, dictionaries, media, and ethnography, especially in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Class will include training in artistic practices of replication and a collaborative project with special collections.
    HMAN 2400R S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Race, Nation, Immigration

    This collaborative seminar investigates the imbrications of race, nation, and immigration from the comparative perspectives of the social sciences and the humanities. Taught by a political scientist with an emphasis on state/society relations in Asia and a historian with a focus on modern European intellectual history, politics, and arts, the course examines questions of belonging, inclusion, and exclusion in areas of the world that provide fruitful sites of analysis, such as the United States, Europe, South Asia (India), Latin America (Brazil), and Africa (South Africa). Materials will include films, fiction, theoretical writings, and data sets.
    HMAN 2400S S01
    Primary Instructor
  • Radical Borders (HISP 2520R)