Culture and Social Movements in the Caribbean and Latin America
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5428
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • International Affairs
  • Cultural Studies
Since first contact between Europeans and indigenous groups and the subsequent institution of slavery and migration labor systems, the Caribbean region has been the testing lab for economic, political and cultural technologies that have reverberated throughout the continent and the world. While the region has largely dropped off the public eye in the U.S. and Europe – with blips such as the attention to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake – the region, and the islands it has spawned in New York, Montreal and London, continue to provide us with models and visions of the future now. On one side, narco-, NGO- and remittance-dependent economies, walled residential enclaves, chronically split families and ecologies of permanent disaster. On the other, dub, neo-indigenous movements and “non-sovereign nations.” In this class, we will explore how Caribbean peoples are creating cultural products and practices, new social relations and new structures for living that transform the oft-times oppressive forces of forced labor migration, “failed states” and growing social inequality. Through studies of place, cultural production, mainstream and alternative media, and new social movements, we will examine the new geographies of hope Caribbean peoples are mapping out. Students will produce media.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions