In this course, we will discuss the city(scape) as a whole and in part. Its premise will necessarily involve both written narratives and visual work. Along with a focus on migrants (or, the phenomenon of migration within, departure from, and entrance into the city), the course’s intention is to critically interrogate the racialization of space and spatialization of race. Within this framework, we will explore theories of home and built place, civic and aesthetic functions of urban space, collective memory and the picture-image, among other subjects.
Readings will journey the class across a myriad of global cities like Cape Town, South Africa and Berlin, Germany as well as local/domestic cities like Harlem and New Orleans. Attendance is mandatory, since it is only one hour per week (M 5-5:59 PM). Enthusiastic class engagement is sought for. Assignments will consist of one 300-word reflection per week. No exams; just a final project.