Kanta A Kochhar
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.
TRANSNATIONAL AFRO-ASIAN THEATRES
This course will investigate a transnational cultural history of Afro-Asia exchanges and alliances in relation to the emergence of new theaters in the US, England, and India in the last 30 years. This work will consider the historical frames of WEB Dubois on such alliances, Bandung 1955, Richard Wright’s The Color Curtain, the Black Arts Movement in the US, and subsequent trajectories such as the Black Arts movement in Britain and the Dalit Panthers/Dalit Theatres in India.
A secondary component will involve the exploration of performance-based research methods in the context of course material.
Student learning goals
1. Understanding of (some of) the historical trajectories for Afro-Asian exchanges,
2. Understanding of the various Afro-Asian theaters across artistic, social, cultural and political registers, and ability to demonstrate that understanding in more than one format,
3. Development of basic skills in performance-based research methods as applied to course material,
4. Ability to write critically as well as creatively about the topic, and
5. Development of an application to ones own area of interest within the subject matter.
General method of instruction
Lecture, Discussion, Workshop.
Class assignments and grading
Reading, Writing, and Application of performance-based research methods
Participation (30%), 3 papers (60%), Project (10%)