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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 304 / HUM 303 / GSS 325 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

History of Black Captivity

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero

This course explores the intellectual history of black captivity. We begin by analyzing how black political prisoners have been understood as symbols, while also paying close attention to how scientific racism not only legitimized black captivity, but also modern captivity in general. Students then concentrate on examining the transition from the notion of slave captivity to the premeditated containment of black bodies through criminalization, exploitation, human experimentation, and alienation. Lastly, we address how black social movements have used "captivity" as a trope within discourses of resistance and restorative justice.

Sample reading list:
Lisa M. Corrigan, Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black
Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness
Amy E. Lerman & Vesla M. Weaver, Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-100 pages of reading per week. The assignments of this course will be one five-page paper as the mid-term, one eight-page paper as the final, and active participation based on assigned readings.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42315 S01 08:30:00 am - 09:50:00 am T Th   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:19 Limit:20