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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 306 / AMS 305 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Race and Public Policy - Radical Subjects - Race and Deportation

Olivia Mena

This seminar critically explores the historical practice of deportation in the United States both past and present, looking at how our ideas of human rights, freedom, and belonging intersect with racial and national ideologies. We will work through a wide archive of literature, theory, and art, drawing important connections between the political geographies, experiences, and responses of Indigenous Americans, Black dissidents and Mexican deportees. This study of removal will help us to reflect on the contemporary moment of global mass migrations when humans are increasingly managed through preventative policing, detention, and deportation.

Sample reading list:
Chamayou, Grégorie, Manhunts: A Philosophical History
Agamben, Giorgio, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life
James, C.L.R., Mariners, Renegades and Castaways
Boyce Davies, Carole, Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist
Danticat, Edwidge, Brother, I'm Dying
Slahi, Mohamedou Ould, Guantánamo Diary
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages weekly reading. Weekly unprompted 500-word essays. Take-home mid-term exam will consist of 6 short-answer essay questions and one long essay that will be chosen from two essay prompts. Take-home final exam will consist of 8 short-answer essay questions and two long-essays which will be chosen from three essay prompts.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42359 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:3 Limit:10