ANT 310L • Intro to Cultural Studies
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
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This course surveys the dynamic terrains of contemporary cultural studies. We examine the emergence of public space and the nuanced forms of cultural activity that thrive in diverse sites, such as malls, highways, themes parks, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, coffee houses, clubs Central questions stem from a basic query concerning how seemingly private things such as feelings and identities are invented or shaped by popular culture, the culture industry, and institutions? We ask, as well, how culture generates varied sensibilities, dreams, styles, discourses, and forms of power within the United States. In grappling with these and other wide ranging questions, we will discuss how theories of difference, articulation, conjuncture, performativity and relationality, help us think about how culture works? From these theoretical reflections, students will develop an overview of the range of interdisciplinary approaches to studying cultural dynamics today.
In addition to the lecture, students must also register for and attend one of the following discussion sections: 27610-F9-10:00, PHR 2.114; 27615-F9-10:00, RAS 213; 27620-F11-12:00, RAS 211B; 27625-F1-2:00, RAS313B