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Julie Shayne
BCULST 589
Bothell Campus

Topics in Global Cultural Studies

Links a specific area of study, such as hip hop. YouTube, or garbage, to global cultural studies and the methodologies of visual, material, textual, or arts-based research. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course will center on the question, how is culture used to articulate resistance? We will look at some of the rich history of political cultural production in Latin America, the Caribbean, and diaspora used by social movement actors as voices of resistance and opposition. Specifically, we will focus on music, murals, graffiti art, popular theater, testimonies, magazines, memory activism, and fictional writing as means of conveying revolutionary activism and committing marginalized voices to the historical archives. We will look at examples from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the diaspora.

Student learning goals

You should see solid improvement in your research and writing skills

You should understand the place of politics in reshaping cultures and vice versa

You should be able to make connections between historical and contemporary events

You should understand the place of culture in articulating political messages

You should be able to link Latin American cultural studies theories and cases to those you have studied or are studying elsewhere in the program

You should make concrete progress on your MACS Portfolio

General method of instruction

This class is set up as a seminar. We will discuss the readings as a group with little formal lecturing. The class will be reading and writing intensive. We will use a variety of different types of text including: films, fiction, social science, history, and testimonies. Required reading: Partnoy, Alicia. 1998. The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival. SF, Calif.: Midnight Editions. Shayne, Julie. 2009. They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books. And a collection of articles available through online e-reserves and canvas

Recommended preparation

None but you may contact me in advance for the syllabus: jshayne@u.washington.edu. There will be a canvas page that you can browse in advance.

Class assignments and grading

This a reading and writing intensive course. Assignments include: 1)Section write ups 2)Research projects geared towards your MACS Capstone Project

Grades will be based on sound analysis, clear writing, informed class participation, and attention to detail.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Julie Shayne
Date: 10/29/2013