Fall 2023 - GEOG 429 D100
Racial Capitalism and Beyond (4)
Class Number: 7467
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 6, 2023
Wed, 12:00–12:00 p.m.
Office: RCB 7139
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm (in-person at study lounge in front of HCC 2400) and by appointment (zoom or in-person at RCB)
Prerequisites:At least 60 units, including GEOG 100.
Explores the theoretical foundations in critical racial geographies. Also examines the modern history and reach of Black, subaltern, and decolonial thought in global context, with particular attention to relations of capital, race, nation-state, social reproduction, and the unfolding of contending geographies beyond the dominant world order.
This course is an introduction to theoretical foundations in critical racial geographies, anchored by Cedric Robinson’s rendering of the Black radical tradition under the title Black Marxism. We will examine the modern history and reach of Black radical thought in global context, with particular attention to relations of capital, race, nation-state, social reproduction, and the unfolding of contending geographies beyond dominant world order. Course work will guide you to understand and apply methods of historical materialist analysis and to participate in the ongoing criticism and evolution of such approaches. In this pursuit, you will become more familiar with critical vocabularies for thinking about modernity and consider how race, class, gender, and sexuality function as determinate forces. As intellectuals, you will also practice grounding yourselves in your own research and, from this standpoint, responsibly and deliberately position yourselves in the larger ideological terrain in which your work unfolds.
Note: There will be tutorials in the first week of class.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Understand and apply methods of historical materialist analysis and participate in the ongoing criticism and evolution of such approaches;
- Practice critical vocabularies for thinking about modernity and adopt tools to consider how race, class, gender, and sexuality function as determinate forces;
- Acquire a general understanding of the infrastructural conditions undergirding the creation, dynamics, and stakes of contemporary place-based struggles;
- Practice methods of problem-posing education to question the ways knowledge itself works and, concurrently, to think dynamically and creatively as social/historical contexts change.
- Attendance and Participation 25%
- Seminar Discussion 25%
- Weekly Journals 25%
- Final Project 25%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
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1) Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (required)
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Print ISBN: 9780807848296, 0807848298
*Please note: any edition of this title from any preferred vendor is acceptable, and an e-book link to this title (2nd edition) will also be available on course canvas site; e-book also available through SFU library
2) Terrion Williamson, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life (required)
Publisher: Fordham UP
Print ISBN: 9780823274727, 0823274721
*Please note: Electronic version of all chapters of this title also available through SFU library
3) Katherine McKittrick, Dear Science and Other Stories (required)
Publisher: Duke UP
Print ISBN: 9781478011040, 1478011041
*Please note: e-book also available through SFU library
4) All other required course materials available on course canvas page
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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