This course takes a cultural approach to connected histories and more contemporary developments of (post)colonial national identity formations, U.S. empire, and globalization during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the lenses of gender, race, and appearance. We will examine visual and performative cultural arenas such as beauty pageants, advertising, mass media, film, and video and investigate how discourses of racial and gendered aesthetics functioned in structuring and maintaining colonial forces and empire.
Prof. Franz Josef Brueggemeier, Location: Robinson Hall 105, Meeting Time: Th., 4-6
The course will explore how different human societies have comprehended, used, adapted to and valued their natural environments and how these environments have shaped human behavior and the way their societies developed. The course will range from pre-historic times until the current debate about global warming. In doing so the course will also provide an introduction into the field of environmental history, its theories and methodologies and some of its most important works.