MAIS 665: Cultural Studies: Reflections, Democratic Possibilities, and Futures Report a Broken Link

MAIS 665 Cultural Studies: Reflections, Democratic Possibilities, and Futures outlines some of the developing new questions, intellectual positions, and analyses that have emerged in response to the uncertainty triggered by neoliberalism, globalization, and other means of domination. The course includes debates about national identity, multiculturalism and citizenship, diaspora, postcolonial criticism, environmental justice, new media’s influence on social organization, activism and ethics, the study of culture in relation to sexuality, gender and race, cultural memory and museums, biopolitics, and the aftermath of September 11, 2001. In addition, the course offers a variety of everyday examples and case studies to enhance students’ understanding of the dynamism of identities and cultures resulting from the reorganization of societies and nations, and the complexities associated with global integration.

Required Readings


Week 1 Intellectual Positions: theory and methods Hebdige, D. (2015). The worldliness of cultural studies.

Cultural Studies, 29(1), 32-42.

Week 2 Cultural Studies: an international phenomenon? Appadurai, A. (2014). Arjun Appadurai.

Globalizations, 11(4), 481-490.

Week 3 Cultural Studies and the environment Guggenheim, M. (2014). Introduction: disasters as politics–politics as disasters.

The Sociological Review, 62(S1), 1-16.

Week 4 Critical Pedagogy Schuermans, N., Loopmans, M. P., & Vandenabeele, J. (2012). Public space, public art and public pedagogy.

Social & Cultural Geography, 13(7), 675-682.

Week 5 The politics of representation: cultural history/cultural memory Vallee, M. (2016). The Rhythm of Echoes and Echoes of Violence.

Theory, Culture & Society, 0263276416648466. 

Week 6 The cultural politics of identity Nguyen, M. T. (2015). The Hoodie as Sign, Screen, Expectation, and Force.

Signs, 40(4), 791-816.

Week 8 Sovereignty, the nation state, and Empire Burbank, J., & Cooper, F. (2012). The empire effect.

Public Culture, 24(2 67), 239-247.

Week 9 Racializing and engendering sexual politics Pfeffer, C. A. (2014). “I Don’t Like Passing as a Straight Woman”: Queer Negotiations of Identity and Social Group Membership1.

American Journal of Sociology, 120(1), 1-44.

Week 10 Global diasporas, borders, boundaries, and imagined communities Hunter, M. A., Pattillo, M., Robinson, Z. F., & Taylor, K. Y. (2016). Black Placemaking: Celebration, Play, and Poetry.

Theory, Culture & Society, 0263276416635259.

Week 11 Multiculturalisms and the politics of citizenship and belonging Skey, M. (2013). Why do nations matter? The struggle for belonging and security in an uncertain world.

The British journal of sociology, 64(1), 81-98.

Week 12 New media production and consumption Ball, K., Di Domenico, M., & Nunan, D. (2016). Big Data Surveillance and the Body-subject.

Body & Society, 1357034X15624973.

Week 13 The aftermath of 9/11 Simko, C. (2012). Rhetorics of Suffering September 11 Commemorations as Theodicy.

American Sociological Review, 77(6), 880-902.

Week 14 Social organizations and new media Hess, D. J. (2015). Publics as threats? Integrating science and technology studies and social movement studies.

Science as Culture, 24(1), 69-82.

Week 15 Cultural studies in new times: the challenge of changing contexts Giblett, R. (2012). Nature is Ordinary Too: Raymond Williams as the Founder of Ecocultural Studies.

Cultural Studies, 26(6), 922-933.

Week 1


Ang, I. (2006). From cultural studies to cultural research: Engaged scholarship in the twenty-first century. Cultural Studies Review, 12(2), 183-197.
Barker, J. (2008). Gender, sovereignty, rights: Native women’s activism against social inequality and violence in Canada. American Quarterly, 60(2), 259-266. doi:10.1353/aq.0.0002
Denzin, N. K. (2004). The war on culture, the war on truth. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 4(2), 137-142. doi:10.1177/1532708603256627
Ross, A. (2010). The making of sustainable livelihoods. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 7(1), 92-95. doi:10.1080/14791420903533101
Scott, D. (2005). Stuart Hall's ethics. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 17, 1-16.
Smith, A. (2008). American studies without America: Native feminisms and the nation-state. American Quarterly, 60(2), 309-315. doi:10.1353/aq.0.0014

Week 2


Chalard-Fillaudeau, A. (2009). From cultural studies to études culturelles, etudes de la culture, and sciences de la culture in France. Cultural Studies, 23(5/6), 831-854. doi:10.1080/09502380903208007
Shome, R. (2009). Post-colonial reflections on the ‘internationalization’ of cultural studies. Cultural Studies, 23(5/6), 694-719. doi:10.1080/09502380903132322
Stankovic, P. (2010). Toward a Slovene cultural studies. Cultural Studies, 24(5), 613-636. doi:10.1080/09502380903546901
Tomaselli, K. G., & Wright, H. K. (2008). Editorial statement: African cultural studies. Cultural Studies, 22(2), 173-186. doi:10.1080/09502380701788986

Week 3


Giroux, H. A. (2006). Reading hurricane Katrina: Race, class, and the biopolitics of disposability. College Literature, 33(3), 171-196.
Slack, J. D. (2008). Resisting ecocultural studies. Cultural Studies, 22(3/4), 477-497. doi:10.1080/09502380802012575
Shiva, V., with Opel, A. (2008). From water crisis to water culture. Cultural Studies, 22(3/4), 498-509. doi:10.1080/09502380802012591
Wilson, K. (2005). Ecofeminism and First Nations peoples in Canada: Linking culture, gender and nature. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 12(3), 333-355. doi:10.1080/09663690500202574

Week 4


Bell, A. Recognition or ethics? Cultural Studies, 22(6), 850-869. doi:10.1080/09502380701702474
Fischman, G. E., & McLaren, P. (2005). Rethinking critical pedagogy and the Gramscian and Freirean legacies: From organic to committed intellectuals or critical pedagogy, commitment, and praxis. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 5(4), 425-446. doi:10.1177/1532708605279701
Kincheloe, J. L., & Steinberg, S. R. (2006). An ideology of miseducation: Countering the pedagogy of empire. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 6(1), 33-51. doi:10.1177/1532708605282808
Smith, A. (2010). Queer theory and native studies: The heteronormativity of settler colonialism. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 16(1-2), 42-68. doi:10.1215/10642684-2009-012

Week 5


Failler, A. (2009). Remembering the Air India disaster: Memorial and counter-memorial. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 31(2-3), 150-176. doi:10.1080/10714410902827168
Marciniak, K. (2006). New Europe: Eyes wide shut. Social Identities, 12(5), 615-633. doi:10.1080/13504630600920373
Jiwani, Yasmin, & Young, Mary Lynn. (2006). Missing and murdered women: Reproducing marginality in news discourse. Canadian Journal of Communication, 31(4), 895-917.

 


Sesanti, S. (2009). Reclaiming space: African women’s use of the media as a platform to contest patriarchal representations of African culture - womanists’ perspectives. Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 23(2), 209-223. doi:10.1080/02560040903016933

Week 6


Alexander, C. (2009). Stuart Hall and ‘race’. Cultural Studies, 23(4), 457-482. doi:10.1080/09502380902950914
Jubas, K. (2011). Shopping for identity: Articulations of gender, race and class by critical consumers. Social Identities, 17(3) 321-335. doi:10.1080/13504630.2011.570972
Soto, S. K. (2005). Cherrie Moraga's going brown: Reading like a queer. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 11(2), 237-263.
St. Louis, B. (2009). On ‘the necessity and the “impossibility” of identities’. Cultural Studies, 23(4), 559-582. doi:10.1080/09502380902951011

Week 8


Dean, M. (2010). Power at the heart of the present: Exception, risk and sovereignty. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13(4), 459-475. doi:10.1177/1367549410377147
Morgensen, S. L. (2010). Settler homonationalism: Theorizing settler colonialism within queer modernities. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 16(1-2), 105-131. doi:10.1215/10642684-2009-015
Lentin, A. (2008). Europe and the silence about race. European Journal of Social Theory, 11(4), 487-503. doi:10.1177/1368431008097008

Week 9


Dave, N. N. (2011). Activism as ethical practice: Queer politics in contemporary India. Cultural Dynamics, 23(1), 3-20. doi:10.1177/0921374011403351
Puar, J. K. (2006). Mapping US Homonormativities. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 13(1), 67-88. doi:10.1080/09663690500531014
Zhang, B. (2011). The cultural politics of gender performance: An inquiry into fe/male impersonation. Cultural Studies, 25(3), 294-312. doi:10.1080/09502386.2010.483803
Lenon, S. (2011). ‘Why is our love an issue?’: Same-sex marriage and the racial politics of the ordinary. Social Identities, 17(3), 351-372. doi:10.1080/13504630.2011.570975

Week 10


Buonaiuto, C., & Laforest, M-H. (2011). Spelling out exclusion in Southern Italy. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 17(1), 41-59. doi:10.1080/13504630.2011.531904
Cho, L. (2007). The turn to diaspora. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 17, 11-30.
Eng, D. L. (2011). Queering the black Atlantic, queering the brown Atlantic. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 17(1). 193-204. doi:10.1215/10642684-2010-029
Fortier, A-M. (2001). “Coming home”: Queer migrations and multiple evocations of home. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 4, 405-424. doi:10.1177/136754940100400403

Week 11


Keil, R., & Ali, H. (2006). Multiculturalism, racism and infectious disease in the global city: The experience of the 2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 16, 23-50.
Turner, G. (2007). Shrinking the borders: Globalization, culture and belonging. Cultural Politics, 3(1), 5-19. doi:10.2752/174321907780031025
Horvat, K. V. (2010). Multiculturalism in time of terrorism: Re-imagining Europe post-9/11. Cultural Studies, 24(5), 747-766. doi:10.1080/09502380903549855

Week 12


Teurlings, J. (2010). Media literacy and the challenges of contemporary media culture: On savvy viewers and critical apathy. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13(3), 359-373. doi:10.1177/1367549410363202
Kellner, D., & Kim, G. (2010). YouTube, critical pedagogy, and media activism. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 32(1), 3-36. doi:10.1080/10714410903482658
Lövheim, M. (2011). Young women’s blogs as ethical spaces. Information, Communication & Society, 14(3), 320-337. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2010.542822
Parker, D., & Song, M. (2009). New ethnicities and the Internet. Cultural Studies, 23(4), 583-604. doi:10.1080/09502380902951003

Week 13


Burman, J. (2010). Suspects in the city: Browning the “not-quite” Canadian citizen. Cultural Studies, 24(2), 200-213. doi:10.1080/09502380903541647
Engle, K. (2007). The face of a terrorist. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 7(4), 397-424. doi:10.1177/1532708607305124
Naber, N. (2006). The rules of forced engagement: Race, gender, and the culture of fear among Arab immigrants in San Francisco post-9/11. Cultural Dynamics, 18(3), 235-267. doi:10.1177/0921374006071614

Week 14


Carty, V. (2010). New information communication technologies and grassroots mobilization. Information, Communication & Society, 13(2), 155-173. doi:10.1080/13691180902915658
De Koster, W., & Houtman, D. (2008). “Stormfront is like a second home to me”: On virtual community formation by right-wing extremists. Information, Communication & Society, 11(8), 1155-1176. doi:10.1080/13691180802266665
Gillan, K. (2009). The UK anti-war movement online: Uses and limitations of Internet technologies for contemporary activism. Information, Communication & Society, 12(1), 25-43. doi:10.1080/13691180802158532
Glaser, J., Dixit, J., & Green, D. P. (2002). Studying hate crime with the Internet: What makes racists advocate racial violence? Journal of Social Issues, 58(1), 177-193. doi:10.1111/1540-4560.00255

Week 15


Driskill, O-L. (Cherokee). (2010). Doubleweaving two-spirit critiques: Building alliances between Native and queer studies. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 16(1-2), 69-92.(2010).
Hall, S., & Back, L. (2009). At home and not at home: Stuart Hall in conversation with Les Back. Cultural Studies, 23(4), 658-687. doi:10.1080/09502380902950963
Liubhéid, E. (2008). Sexuality, migration, and the shifting line between legal and illegal status. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 14(2-3), 289-315. doi:10.1215/10642684-2007-034