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Envisioning Trauma Syllabus, FA12

Envisioning Trauma Syllabus, FA12

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Envisioning Trauma: Visual Culture and Violence
HTCA520-03,Fall2012,Wednesdays9:00-11:45amThirdStreetCampusLectureHallInstructor:TheaQuirayTagle(ttagle@sfai.edu)OfficeHours:W12-1:30pm,orbyappointment
Thisgraduateseminarwillexploretheethicsandaestheticsofrepresentingwar,genocide,andotherformsofviolence,inordertoconsiderthepossibilitiesandlimitationsofculturalworkservingascatharsisforindividualandcollectivetrauma.Todoso,wewillsurveyspectacularandbanalmomentsofviolenceenactedbypoliticalregimes,culturalproducers,
and 
subalternsubjectsfromthelate19
th
throughthe21
st
centurywhichhavebeencapturedinphotography,film,performance,andotherculturalproductions.Thecoursewillbeinterdisciplinaryinnatureandtransnationalandcomparativeinscope,asweexamineworksfromtheUnitedStates,Europe,andtheglobalSouth.Debatesinthefieldsofethnicstudies,traumastudies,feministandqueertheory,andperformancestudieswillframeourinterrogationinto
if
and
how 
wecanmoveawayfromthepositionofvoyeur,andtowardsapracticeofethical“witnessing”ofthepainofothers.
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
1.
 
StudentswillbecomeconversantinkeydebatesinandintersectionsbetweenthefieldsofVisualStudiesandTraumaStudies.2.
 
Studentswillgainbothspecificandbroadknowledgeabouttherelationshipbetweenstate-sponsoredenactmentsofindividualandcollectiveviolencewithprocessesofracialformation,inacomparativeandtransnationalcontext.3.
 
Studentswilllearnhow“trauma”asananalyticframeworkhasdevelopedalongsidediscoursesofmodernityandpracticesofmodernization.4.
 
Studentswillbroadentheirunderstandingof“violence”toincludebothspectacularandbanalmomentsinthe20
th
and21
st
centuries.5.
 
Studentswillconsideravarietyofhistoricalandideologicalperspectivesonthequestionofhowtorepresentviolenceinvisualculturalproductions,andwilldevelopafinalseminarpaperinrelationtothis.6.
 
Studentswilllearnhowtoconductprimaryandsecondaryresearch,usingavarietyofsources.7.
 
Studentswillapplyavarietyofcriticalmethodstotheinterpretationofaseriesofartworksandarthistoricalissuesinin-classpresentationsandcoursewritingassignments.
Course Materials
Allrequiredreadingsandmanyoftherecommendedreadingswillbemadeavailableonthecoursewebsiteat
http://moodle.sfai.edu.
Itishighlyrecommendedthatyouprintoutallcoursereadings,aswewillbereferringtothemfrequentlyinseminar.Inaddition,digitalcopiesofthesyllabus,additionalhandouts,andothermiscellaneousinformationwillbepostedonthissite,socheckitoften!
 
 
 
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Course Assignments & Requirements
AttendanceandParticipation(25%)
Studentsareexpectedtodoallrequiredreading
inadvance
oftheseminars;inaddition,participationindiscussionsandconsistentandpunctualattendancearecrucialtoone’ssuccessinthiscourse.Ifyoumustmissclassforanextenuatingcircumstance,itwillbeexcusedwithpropernoticeanddocumentation;howevermorethantwounexcusedabsenceswillnegativelyaffectyourfinalevaluation.
DiscussionFacilitation(15%)
Inthiscourse,studentsarerequiredtoleadthediscussioninONEseminarmeeting,alongwithoneormoreco-facilitators.Duringweek1,youwillsignupfor,orbeassignedto,oneweekforwhichyouwillberesponsible.Yourgroupistoleadadiscussionthatplacesalloftheweek’srequiredtexts,aswellasoneormoreoftherecommendedtexts,intoconversationwithavisualculturalproduction(s)ofyourchoosing.Eachgroupshoulddevelopatypedoutlinewithdiscussionquestions,whichistobesubmittedtotheinstructorviaemailpriortotheclassmeeting.Itishighlyrecommendedthatyoumeetwithyourgroupmembersandtheinstructortheweekpriortoaddressanyquestionsorconcernsyoumayhave.
CriticalResponses(20%)
Overthecourseofthesemester,youareexpectedtosubmitfour1.5-2pagecriticalresponsestotheweek’sassignedreadings,films,and/orculturalproductions(single-spaced,12pt.TimesNewRomanfont,1”margins,withMLAorChicago-stylecitationsandworkscited).Studentsmaychoosetowriteanyfourweeksinwhichtorespond,exceptfortheweekduringwhichtheyareleadingtheclassdiscussion.Theseassignmentsshouldbeuploadedtothecoursewebsite
before
theweeklyseminarmeetingwhichthestudentisrespondingto.Ratherthansummarizethereadingsorofferopinionsontheworks,studentsshouldengagewiththereadingsbyidentifyingthemainproblematics,debates,orinterventionsmadebythepieces,independentlyandasawhole;i.e.intowhichhistoricalmomentandintellectual/political/culturalgenealogyisthispieceintervening;howisthisargumentpresented;andtowardswhatends?
FinalPaper(40%)
Studentsarerequiredtocompletea12-15pageresearchpaper(double-spaced,12pt.TimesNewRomanfont,1”margins,MLAorChicago-stylecitationsandworkscited),duebyemailin.docformby12PMonTuesday,December4.StudentswillbrieflysummarizeanddiscusstheirfinalpapersatthelastseminarmeetingonDecember5.
Priortosubmittingthefinalpaper,studentsmustsubmita1.5-page(single-spaced)paperproposalbyemailin.docformduringWeek10(byOctober31).Theproposalwillincludearesearchpromptorquestionthatthestudentisinterestedinaddressing,andashortlistofscholarlysourcesthatthestudentplansonconsulting.Itisrequiredthatstudentsmeetwiththeinstructoraboutthefinalpaperinadvanceofthesedeadlines.
 
 
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AdditionalInformation
 
Iwishtomakemyclassasaccessibleaspossibletoallstudents.Ifyourequireaccommodations(formobility,hearing,orvisionchallenges;ESL;etc.),pleaseletmeknowimmediatelysothatarrangementscanbemade.
 
MLAandChicago-stylecitationandformattingguidescanbefoundonlineatthefollowingsources:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/
 
PleasefamiliarizeyourselfwithSFAI’spolicyonacademicintegrity.Ifanyacademicdishonestyisdiscoveredduringthecourseoftheseminar,an“F”gradewith0pointswillautomaticallybeassigned.Ifyouhaveconcernsorquestionsaboutproperlyattributingsources,pleasemakeanappointmenttodiscusswithme!
 
Allcourseassignmentsmustbecompletedsatisfactorilyinordertopassthisseminar.“Incompletes”forthecoursearestronglydiscouragedandwillonlybegivenunderextenuating,unavoidablecircumstances.
COURSE SCHEDULE
Unit 1: Intellectual and Political Genealogies
Week1/August29/Introductions
 
WalterBenjamin,“ThesesonthePhilosophyofHistory”(8pages)
 
MichelFoucault,“Nietzsche,Genealogy,History”(23pages)
 
Eng&Kazanjian,“MourningRemains,”Introductionto
Loss
(23pages)Assignment:Signupforgroupdiscussionfacilitation
Week2/September5
/SettingtheStakes
 
AveryGordon,“hershapeandhishand”from
GhostlyMatters
(13pages)
 
DoriLaub,“BearingWitnessortheVicissitudesofListening,”Ch.2of
Testimony 
(17pages)
 
AllenFeldman,selectionsfrom
FormationsofViolence
o
 
Ch.1“ArtifactsandInstrumentsofAgency”(15pages)
o
 
Ch.3“Hardmen,Gunmen,Butchers,Doctors,Stiffs,Ghosts,andBlackMen”(38pages,skim)Recommendedtexts:
 
MaxHorkheimerandTheodorAdorno,“TheConceptofEnlightenment”[highlyrecommended]
 
CathyCaruth,“LiteratureandtheEnactmentofMemory(Duras,Resnais,
Hiroshimamonamour 
”)”
 
RolandBarthes,
CameraLucida
 
WalterBenjamin,“ACritiqueofViolence”
 
NicholasMirzoeff,“Ghostwriting:WorkingoutVisualCulture”

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