Spanish 215: LatinX Border & Migration
What is a border, geographically speaking? What is like to live on the border or on the margins?
It is said that the border is a contact zone, a meeting point, a way to transfer and share information, an invitation to (in)tolerance and ex/inclusion. This course invites students to examine a historical and contemporary topic so close to all of us: the U.S.-Mexico border and its ongoing historical and political debates. The class takes a journey from historical understanding of the Monroe Doctrine to today, taking into consideration different types of migration policies. Drawing from cultural studies, border studies, migration and race theory, this class uses cultural and literary lenses to explore the social and political issues regarding migration, contact zones, transculturation, and/or diaspora. We will consider the various meanings of the word “border” or “frontera”. What does it mean in political and legal terms? How do we conceive the border in cultural, literary, linguistic, political, judicial, and personal ways? We will read texts from history, politics, cultural anthropology, literature, and theatre to grasp the vast understanding of what life is on the border. Emphasis will be on the humanities, paying close attention to how visual artists (theater, performance, documentaries) understand and confront life on the border.
A NEW Constellations course taught by Professor Paola Hernández, taught in English.
Spanish/CHICLA 215: LatinX Border & Migration
Class Number: 76770
3 Credits, Lecture: MW 1:20-2:10pm, plus discussion
Course Designation: Humanities or social science; Ethnic studies
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Mode of Instruction: In Person