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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2006

AMS 390 • Transnationalism and Diaspora in American Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28670 M
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 301

Course Description

In an effort to revise the cultural nationalism and critique the celebratory exceptionalism that have historically informed the field of American Studies, current American Studies scholarship has turned toward an increasingly transnational, diasporic, global, and post-national approach. The movement of people, labor, capital, and things across national boundaries has created migratory flows and circuits that challenge the role of the nation-state and question its relevance in this postmodern globalized world. How does America become reconfigured in the world and how do scholars begin to envision a critically international vision of American Studies? This course will investigate the move from 'national' to post-national fields of study reading from a wide range of disciplines including: American Studies, cultural studies, immigration studies, history, anthropology, and sociology. We will examine the theoretical formations of modern forms of nationalism and transnationalism and explore the cultural, social, and political effects of global migration, globalization, ethnic consciousness, cultural identity, citizenship, and diasporic communities.


Tentative Reading List: Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities Paul Gilroy, Black Atlantic Nina Glick-Schiller, et al, Nations Unbound Coco Fusco, English is Broken Here Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large Michael Smith, ed., Transnationalism from Below Robin Cohen, Global Diasporas Aiwah Ong, Flexible Citizenship Emily Ignacio, Building Diaspora Gina Perez, Near Northwest Side Story John Carlos-Rowe, Post-Nationalist American Studies Course Reader


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