New course on Land, Sovereignty, and Art (AM298B)
The American Studies Program is offering a new course on Land, Sovereignty and Art. The course examines how Indigenous artists and activists respond visually to issues related to land, power, and social justice. We look at a broad range of media used by Indigenous peoples, including documentary filmmaking, printmaking, photography, and performance. While we focus on case studies in North America, the issues explored are relevant across the globe. We discuss Indigenous epistemologies related to land and mapping, and the ways in which these knowledge systems are mobilized in resistance to settler colonialism. Students leave with an understanding of decolonial social movement culture, equipped with theories and methods used to challenge the legacies of colonial research and representation. They complete several creative assignments and write a final essay. Counts as an elective toward the Environmental Studies major and minor. Four credit hours, fulfills U requirement.
The course features several guest artists and activists. In the past, guests have included Aaju Peter (Inuk activist and lawyer), Christine Nobiss (Plains Cree/ Saulteaux activist), Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart (Kānaka Maoli scholar), and Angelo Baca (Diné/Hopi filmmaker).
There are no prerequisites for this course. Please contact Professor Hickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.