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The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities
Overview - 2012 Summer Institute
Borderlands: Power, Place and Difference
Twelfth Annual Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities
June 18th - August 17th, 2012
This year’s Institute explores the power of borderlands. Beyond the geopolitical, borderlands are real and imagined spaces that can be experienced in social, political and spiritual ways. Borders are shaped by globalization, legacies of colonial dominance and expansion, and the shifting valences of decolonial projects within and beyond the Americas. Even though borderlands are frequently located at the peripheries of empires and nations, students will explore a number of domains related to borderland concerns: the borders of nation-states; borders of race, gender, sexuality, species, and multiple forms of social difference; the borders of citizenship and law; borders of popular culture; and the longstanding and subjugated borderlands of Indigenous peoples throughout the globe. Through the development of individual research projects, students will gain experience in cross-disciplinary and collaborative research methods and practiceUW (Bothell, Seattle, & Tacoma) undergraduates with curiosity about borders of race, place, community and political formations, and cultural practices from any arts, humanities, or social science majors are encouraged to apply.