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First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Alison Feather abers Associate Director B Annenberg School for Communication Annenberg School for Communication
Spring 2020 (Deactivations ONLY)
Spring 2020
Black Geographies
What is the relationship between the Flint water crisis, the hyper-policing of racialized people, and the increased surveillance of neighborhoods deemed “poverty-stricken” or “at risk?” How do regimes of security, surveillance, policing, and forms of violence depend upon the concept of “risk” as central to their operation? How is risk informed by systemic racism and forms of anti-Blackness? How does visual culture (e.g., media coverage, documentary photographs, etc.) inform how we come to see and define certain people, communities, and ways of life as “risky?” How have those living in racialized geographies of “risk” found ways to live in, make do, and challenge the faulty narratives of risk? This interdisciplinary course will examine critical debates and key moments—historical (e.g., MOVE bombing in Philadelphia) and contemporary (e.g., Ferguson riots)—that have informed the concept of risk. Over the course of the semester, we will read scholarly texts and engage with objects such as archival documents, photographs, conceptual art, performance art and installations, journalistic texts, and films. This communications course will be approached from a cultural studies perspective, with particular attention to race, gender, and sexuality.

Foundational Approach

Cultural Diversity in the US

Methods of Assessment


Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

This course will emphasize forms of differences such as race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality.
The course exposes students to comparative perspectives on how race, class, and ethnicity impact people in a host of different ways. For example, the course will consider how race, but also blackness, might be understood when placed in conversations with other scholarship in Latino/a, Native American, and Asian American Studies.
This course starts from an a Feminist intersection approach. As such, the class will pay particular attention to the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality as well as the intersection of race, class and geography. For example, we consider the dynamics of the Flint Water Crisis along the lines of race, class, and environmental neglect.
The course centers, as its core, questions of inequality, power, and the ways in which race, class, sexuality and a host of other identity markers stratify from groups of people along a host of lines. For example, the course considers the MOVE Bombing in Philadelphia to consider not only the role of race and civil rights, but also the power struggle between Black residents and an White city officials.
The course draws on multiple methods of analysis. However, the overarching method is cultural and visual analysis. Students will be asked to close read texts, offer visual readings of objects (ie: photographs, art installations, performance art), historical analysis, and media/filmic analysis.

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Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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