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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Wura-Natasha A Ogunji

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WGS 340 • Aesthetics Of Social Change

47984 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WIN 1.164
(also listed as AFR 372E )
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WGS 340 (47984): Performing Afrofuturisms: The Aesthetics of Social Change

AFR 372E (30379), TD 357T (26844), TD 387D (26934)

Spring 2014 | WIN 1.164

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am-12:30pm

Wura-Natasha Ogunji    wogunji@austin.utexas.edu

Course Description

From daily acts to epic feats artists are using performance in the service of social change.  In this course we will look at how the aesthetics of Afrofuturism—a fusion of science fiction, African cosmologies, history, fantasy, and technology—have been employed to envision, create and perform visionary futures while actively engaging with the past.  Students will investigate how artists both in the Americas and Africa use such philosophies as a model for radical creativity and imagination.  The creation of unique performance works will allow students to make use of Afrofuturist aesthetics and philosophies in their exploration of art as a catalyst for social change.

(This is a performance class.  Previous performance experience not required.)

WGS 340 • Performing Justice

47788 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WIN B.202
(also listed as AAS 335, AFR 372E )
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In this course students imagine and enact a more just society through the performing arts. We will use performance art to visualize and challenge systems and acts of oppression—including those based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, and class—in order to create meaningful social change. The creation of solo and group performances in tandem with the making of a collective archive will offer a powerful means of individual and community activism. A selection of weekly readings will place the work in a broader context and serve to provide historical grounding for student research and re#ection. Students will (1)Develop the skills to engage with multiple audiences about justice in relationship to race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, class, (2) Create performances as advocacy for andarticulation of justice, (3)Reflect on and explain their own relationships to race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, class, (4)Contribute to a collective archive with models, practices, research and performance documentation focused on justiceand other core questions which arise during the course.

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