ANS 390 • Media and Diaspora
3:30 PM-6:00 PM
This course will introduce you to the key conceptual and theoretical issues relating to media, migration and diaspora. We will focus on the relationship between race, ethnicity, class and nationalism in the formation of immigrant identities and diasporic communities; varied histories and contexts of migration including exile, voluntary emigration, forced migration; the response of nation-states to transnational mobility and the particular cultural struggles and political commitments of migrant subjects. We will interrogate such issues by examining how the media represent the identity, difference and hybridity of diasporic communities in specific socio-historical and cultural contexts. We will also discuss the politics of media technologies, texts, institutions and audiences in reshaping conventional understandings of media and diaspora. Readings for the course will draw from postcolonial theory, critical race and ethnic studies, diaspora studies and media and cultural studies. The examination of media in a diasporic context will offer us a rich site to explore issues relating to hybrid identities, border crossings, transnational politics, racial and ethnic minorities, strategic nation-states and flexible citizenships.