The parameters of race vary in the political and public discourses of the Americas, where cultural complexity translates the historical entanglements between African, European and Native American heritage. In the aftermath of the latest riots, the uneven power relations, and the recent presidential elections, the topic of race in the United States allows for centuries-old controversies to reignite. The individual definition of racial constructs gains meaning through human interaction and intercultural contact. Since media emerges as a space of (re)negotiation and expression of racial identity, this seminar will mostly cover African-American music, film, and stand-up comedy, with a focus on group discussions in class and close text reading. Taking an inter-American perspective, the course aims at mapping a series of theoretical approaches to racial identity as they emerge in the media in the United States. Please note that the first session of this class will take place April 17!
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