AAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
Fall 2019, Section 001 - Black Digital Studies
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies


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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This graduate seminar explores the thematic and theoretical, material and metaphoric, literal and literary, poetic and political intersections, imageries, conceptualizations, and systems of knowledge that underpin what we have understood as "papers," "collections," "legacies," and "estates" (among others) in literary and cultural studies. Our specific emphasis will on the emerging field of Black Digital Studies, in which computing technologies intersect in various ways and forms with the interdisciplinary fields gathered under the expansive label of African American (and African Diaspora) Studies. The course does not require any computing skills beyond those available to average PhD students at UM, and will offer opportunities to develop some, especially as pertaining to your own interests and research projects. Our main goal is threefold:

    1. To read the best work in the field of BDS and discuss its challenges vis-a-vis the history of archival study, preservation of material legacies, and intersectional approaches to museums, exhibitions, libraries, and collections.
    2. To expand our theoretical knowledge of the key terms driving the course in the context of literary and cultural studies approaches to materiality.
    3. To work hands-on with computing tools that we may need for our collective work in the course, and for your final/term project that will have both written (academic paper) and digital (via the course's web site) components.

Intended Audience:

Attendance, participation, flexibility, and willingness to learn new skills, and open-mindedness and collaborative approach toward being part of a diverse intellectual community.


AAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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