Kanta A Kochhar
B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
Global Performance: Kung Fu, Tango, and Others
We will investigate the ways in which the globalized flows of capital, people, knowledge, and culture across national boundaries has impacted a number of performance genres. In particular, performance has often provided a viable and powerful arena for articulating concerns about identity, power, cultural and political membership, and citizenship. Case studies will include (but not be limited to): Kung Fu, Tango, and Hip Hop.
This course includes a combination of lecture, film, discussion, and group activities. Each section will culminate in a writing assignment that demonstrates a synthesis of the relevant topic.
1. To gain a broad-based understanding of global flows and performance
2. To contextualize contemporary interest in global performance phenomenon within a historical and theoretical frame, including seminal figures and important socio-historical moments
3. To explore how global performance phenomenon engages in cultural and social critique
4. To apply the course findings to individual areas of interest
For further information, please contact: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren at KKochhar@uwb.edu
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
ethusiasm and interest in the topic
Class assignments and grading
Reading, writing, interactive exercises, workshops, final project showing synthesis of course material
Grades based on participation, homework and readings, section writing, and a final project.