CCIS Critical Inquiry Lab: Theorizing Diasporic Visuality

Spring 2012
T 6:10-9:00 pm (Screenings); R 9:00-10:50 am (Seminars)
Rooms to be announced

Beti Ellerson

AFRS BC3110 Theorizing Diasporas / WMST BC3117 Film and Feminism
Instructors: Tina Campt and May Joseph

“Theorizing Diasporic Visuality,” is the first CCIS Critical Inquiry Lab – an innovative series of linked courses sponsored by the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS). This year’s lab links Prof. Tina Campt’s (Barnard Africana/Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies [WGSS]) Africana Studies colloquium, AFRS BC3110 Theorizing Diasporas, with May Joseph’s (Pratt Social Science and Cultural Studies) WGSS course, WMST BC3117 Film and Feminism. Because cinematic visuality is an increasingly powerful tool for influencing public opinion across international borders, this course will train students in essential skills in visual literacy and reading, and provide fluency in the theoretical vocabularies of Diaspora Studies and feminist film theory and analysis. The Lab will use films by and about women in the quotidian conditions of the African Diaspora to teach students how gender and racial formation are lived in diaspora, and to engage the diasporic visual practices women mobilize to represent themselves. The course is structured around a Tuesday evening film series featuring African women filmmakers and presentations by filmmakers, curators, and visual artists and seminar discussion on Thursday mornings.

Students may enroll by registering for either AFRS BC3110 or WMST BC3117.