Preliminary PLAS Spring '20 Courses

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

LAS 218 /URB 218
Social Justice: The Latin American City

Professor(s): Ben A. Gerlofs

Description/Objective: This course deals with difficult questions of how urban social justice is understood, demanded, pursued, and meted out.  The UN reports that more than half of the world's population now lives in cities, a transformation especially profound in Latin America. In this course, we will critically assess both this urban terrain and the tools and theories we use to apprehend it, from `environmental racism' to the 'circuits of capital', and from the 'Pink Tide' to the 'postpolitical'.

Schedule: L01 1:30 pm-2:50 MW

LAS 318 /POL 373
From Zapata to the Cold War: Latin America's 20th Century Revolutions

Professor(s): Bridgette K. Werner

Description/Objective: In this lecture course we will analyze key 20th century Latin American revolutions within their regional and global context, focusing on the ideologies that motivated insurgents and the legacies left in the wake of national transformation. We will read broadly across the literature on Latin American revolutions, analyzing historical arguments, comparing and contrasting existing narratives, and building our own arguments about revolutionary processes. Crucially, we will consider how revolutionary dreams met with violent counterrevolution in the crucible of cold war.

Schedule: L01 11:00 am-12:20 TTh

LAS 328 /JRN 328 /LAO 326 /ENG 245
Immigration Debates in the United States

Professor(s): Julia D. Preston

Description/Objective: This seminar is a course in policy analysis and journalism writing, focusing on immigration from Latin America to the United States. We will explore the historical and social factors that have made immigration a bitterly divisive issue, as context to examine current policies of the Trump administration. Reporting and writing assignments will allow students to explore immigration realities in and around Princeton, and to practice different voices of journalism, from neutral news prose to opinion editorials to tweet blasts. We will consider the role of journalists in contributing to fact-finding in the polarized national debate.

Schedule: S01 7:30 pm-10:20 T

LAS 329 /ANT 329 /ENV 379 /POR 329
Amazonia, The Last Frontier: History, Culture, and Power

Professor(s): Miqueias H. Mugge

Description/Objective: This course focuses on the Brazilian Amazon, the world's largest tropical forest and the ancestral home of over one million indigenous peoples, now threatened by deforestation and fires. Further degradation will have disastrous consequences for its peoples, biodiversity, rainfall and agriculture, and global climate change. Combining perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities, we will critically examine projects to colonize, develop, and conserve the Amazon over time and reflect on the cultural wisdoms of its guardians. Students will work together to develop alternative visions to safeguard the forest for Brazil and the planet.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 Th

LAS 339 /ANT 396 /ART 388
Towards a Material History of Latin America

Professor(s): Noa E. Corcoran-Tadd

Description/Objective: This class looks beyond traditional archival approaches to explore the postconquest history of Latin America through an analysis of objects, landscapes, and the human body as "alternative archives". Beginning with the era of European invasions in the 15th and 16th centuries, we will explore the material traces of colonial and postcolonial lives and examine the ways that archaeology, environmental science, forensics, and art history can shed new light on historical actors and narratives that would otherwise remain marginalized or even invisible.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 T

Freshmen Seminar

FRS 110
Patagonia: From Landscape to Lifestyle Brand

Professor(s): Ryan C. Edwards

Description/Objective: This course takes a historical and cultural approach to understand how Patagonia has become an iconic landscape, laden with myths and realities. We will use this southern region of Argentina and Chile to explore their national histories, but also, broader histories of exploration, indigeneity, imperialism, and environmentalism. The course will include readings from various disciplines, including the physical and social sciences, humanities, and arts. Course assignments will include writing exercises, map readings, and critical analyses of texts and images. The goal is to use this iconic South American landscape to explore a series of broader questions, while still rooting our questions in a particular space and time.

During the spring break we will travel to Patagonia to visit a few of the places discussed in class. We will meet with locals and experts in order to couple our class materials with on the ground experiences. By the end of the course it will be clear that Patagonia is many things to many people, and its future is still uncertain.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 W

Cross Listings

ART 220 /LAS 230
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art

Professor(s): Cecilia Fajardo-Hill , Irene V. Small

Description/Objective: This course focuses on key issues of 20th and 21st c. Latin American art. A thematic survey and general methodological introduction, we will treat emblematic works and movements, from Mexican muralism and Indigenism to experiments with abstraction, pop, conceptualism, and performance. Questions discussed include: What is Latin American art? What is modernism in Latin America? What is the legacy of colonialism? How do Latin American artists engage transnational networks of solidarity under conditions of repression? How can postcolonial, decolonial, and feminist theory illuminate the art and criticism produced in and about Latin America?

Schedule: L01 10:00 am-10:50 T Th

HIS 306 /LAO 306 /LAS 326
Latino History

Professor(s): Rosina A. Lozano

Description/Objective: History 306 studies all Latinos in the US, from those who have (im)migrated from across Latin America to those who lived in what became US lands. The course covers the historical origins of debates over land ownership, the border, assimilation expectations, discrimination, immigration regulation, intergroup differences, civil rights activism, and labor disputes. History 306 looks transnationally at Latin America's history by exploring shifts in US public opinion and domestic policies. By the end of the course, students will have a greater understanding and appreciation of how Latinos became an identifiable group in the US.

Schedule: L01 11:00 am-11:50 TTh; P99 TBA

HIS 333 /LAS 373 /AAS 335
Modern Brazilian History

Professor(s): Isadora M. Mota

Description/Objective: This course examines the history of modern Brazil from its independence in the 1820s to the present day. The lectures, readings, and discussions chart conflict, change, and continuity within Brazilian society, highlighting the role played by disenfranchised social actors in shaping the country's history. Topics include the meanings of political citizenship; slavery and abolition; race relations; indigenous populations; uneven economic development as well as Brazil's experiences with authoritarianism and globalization.

Schedule: C01 1:30 pm-2:50 MW

HIS 484 /LAS 484 /LAO 484 /AMS 484
Borderlands, Border Lives

Professor(s): Staff

Description/Objective: The international border looms large over current national and international political debates. While this course will consider borders across the world, it will focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, and then on the Guatemala-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border. This course examines the history of the formation of the U.S. border from the colonial period to the present. Borders represent much more than just political boundaries between nation states. The borderlands represents the people who live between two cultures and two nations. This course will also study those individuals who have lived in areas surrounding borders or crossed them.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 T

SPA 372 /LAS 374 /LAO 372 /GSS 421
Drag Kings: An Archeology of Spectacular Masculinities in Latinx America

Professor(s): Javier E. Guerrero

Description/Objective: The figure of the drag king has been practically absent from Latinx American critical analysis. Taking what we call "spectacular masculinity" as our starting point, a hyperbolic masculinity that without warning usurps the space of privilege granted to the masculinity of men, this course revises the staging of spectacular masculinities as a possibility of generating a crisis in heterosexism. We will highlight notable antecedents of the contemporary DK show, and study the hegemonic masculinity and its exceptional models through a critical technology that turns up the volume on its dramatization and its prosthetic/cosmetic conditions.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 Th

SPA 383 /LAS 384
Workshop on Contemporary Cuban Arts

Professor(s): Rubén Gallo

Description/Objective: Enrollment by application or interview. Departmental permission required. Havana is famous for its thriving cultural scene. This course will offer an introduction to some of the most dynamic contemporary works in theater, film, dance, performance, visual arts, and literature. Students will attend performances and meet theater and film directors, artists and poets. Each student will conduct an independent research project working closely with one of these authors. Course will be taught in Havana as part of the Princeton-in-Cuba semester abroad program.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 T

SPA 385 /LAS 386
Havana: A Cultural History

Professor(s): Rubén Gallo

Description/Objective: Enrollment by application or interview. Departmental permission required. This course will offer a cultural history of how Havana evolved from a sleepy colonial city in 1900 to rising as one of the cultural and architectural capitals of Latin America and the world by the 1950s. We will study the urban development of the early 20th century, the adoption of modernism and International Style in architecture, and the tensions between private enterprise and public projects.  Course will be taught in Havana as part of the Princeton-in-Cuba semester abroad program.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 W

SPA 387 /AAS 387 /LAO 387 /LAS 381
Puerto Ricans Under U.S. Empire: Memory, Diaspora, and Resistance

Professor(s): Cesar Colon-Montijo, Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones

Description/Objective:
This seminar examines the ethical and historical dimensions of the 2019 Summer Puerto Rican Protests. Developing within an ongoing financial catastrophe and the trauma of Hurricane María, most issues raised today are deeply rooted in the history of U.S. imperial domination since 1898. The course aims to rethink questions of second-class citizenship, colonial capitalism, militarization, ecocide and massive migrations, as well as gender, sexual and racial inequalities. Special focus on how musical, artistic, religious, political, and literary traditions shape memory and resistance in Puerto Rico and in its vast diasporic communities.

Schedule: S01 1:30 pm-4:20 W