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Steven M. Tobias
CHID 498
Seattle Campus

Special Colloquia

Each colloquium examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. A list of topics is available from the CHID office.

Class description

This class will explore the Atlantic world of the 18th and 19th centuries from “the bottom up.” Specifically, it will consider how mariners, slaves, and other socially disempowered groups helped shape their worlds through material culture, both direct and passive resistance to socioeconomic discipline, and the propagation of alternative public spheres. The class is designed to challenge traditional models of history by focuses on “traveling cultures” and the frequently ignored spaces between more visible and seemingly stable cultural formations, such as the nation-state. Students will read a mixture of theoretical, literary, and historical texts.

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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 Steven M. Tobias
Date: 11/13/2004