Monday, January 20, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
HOLOCAUST FEATURE FILMS
Prof. Yale Strom
Mondays, 7pm to 9:40
Holocaust in Feature Films (History 527/MALAS 600D) will examine the medium of film and how it has been used as a creative tool to confront and help the audience imagine the most unimaginable in terms of facts and figures. The Holocaust has become a metaphor for suffering, a template for the worst horrors ever visited upon mankind in modern times. Films about the Holocaust provide images of smoke, barbed wire, sealed train cars, skeletal bodies, torture, etc. These films help to make clearer why and what happened to millions of people to university students four generations removed from this catastrophe and to understand why genocide still happens in our world today. The class will be taught in three sections: 1. Hitler, Germany and The Final Solution, 2. Jewish and Gentile Responses to the Holocaust, and 3. The Lingering Impact of the Holocaust.
New MALAS Seminar, Spring 2020: Linguistics 526 / MALAS 600D Discourse Analysis with Professor Betty Samraj
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Student Learning Outcomes
New MALAS Seminar with Professor Bosco, Geography: GEOG 760 Space, Place, and the Politics of Memory
This seminar will explore the connections between space, place and the politics of memory and remembering. People remember, interpret, and construct the past in different ways, sometimes attempting to legitimize their own version of history or to challenge hegemonic versions of it. This is often done by creating places of memory (e.g., memorials and monuments, museums, historic neighborhoods, heritage sites) or by performing spatialized acts of remembering (e.g., commemorative ceremonies, parades, temporary and make-shift memorials, art, media and exhibitions, food festivals). But the representation of memory in place and through spatialized acts is often riddled with different types of politics. For example, conflicts often occur when less powerful or marginalized groups confront and/or challenge more powerful actors’ attempts to create places of memory that reflect official or institutionalized views of the past. Often, conflicts about place-based representations of the past are not really about the past, but rather about the present and, quite often, about the future.
In this seminar we will explore questions such as:
How do places contribute to the construction of collective memory?
How does collective memory influence the trajectories of place?
How do social movements and activists spatialize the politics of memory?
What are the relations between globalization and discourses and practices of memory?
What is the relation between memory and the city?
How is cultural and collective memory performed?
How do we theorize memory and remembering geographically?
The goal of the seminar is also to encourage graduate students to think about memory, remembering, nostalgia, and the connections between past, present and future in relation to their own research interests in human geography. To that end, participants in the seminar will play an active role in shaping the seminar’s content and discussion
MALAS Seminar in Conjunction With SDSU Women's Studies: Professor Esther Rothblum's METHODS OF INQUIRY IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
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- Understand the differences between feminist and traditional epistemologies and methodologies.
- Use quantitative and qualitative research, archival research, participatory research, literary and film analysis, and discourse analysis in their own thesis.
- Become careful and critical consumers of research presented in the media and in academic texts.
- Complete the SDSU Institutional Review Board criteria for research.
- Design research projects.
- Use the internet and electronic databases for research.
- Interpret and write up research results.
New MALAS Seminar: PHIL 506/MALAS 600A: 20th Century Continental Philosophy Professor Marie Draz, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
The label “Continental philosophy” is often applied to 19th and 20th century European philosophy. As an umbrella term for a disparate set of ideas and texts, Continental philosophy is associated with philosophical movements such as phenomenology, existentialism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. In this course, we will begin with one of the major 19th century touchstones for later Continental philosophy: Friedrich Nietzsche. We will take up Nietzsche’s influential account of truth and lies as well as his attention to how philosophy is historically and culturally situated.
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Primary texts will likely include:
Eliza Parsons, The Castle of Wolfenbach (ISBN 0977784169) Richard Marsh, The Beetle (1934555495)
William Henry Ireland, The Abbess: A Romance
Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera (0451531876) Patrick McGrath, Dr. Haggard’s Disease (9780679752615) Rudolfo Anaya, Tortuga (0826336248)
James Purdy, In a Shallow Grave (1948405245) The Nightmare Before Christmas
Stephanie Meyer, Twilight (0316015849)
Heather Kassner, The Bone Garden (1250250536)
For our first class meeting (January 27), please have read all of Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris (ISBN 9780140443530). For a finalized reading list and schedule, feel welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jess Whatcott, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's Studies, SDSULesbian Lives and Cultures explores the identities, politics, and communities that women and gender non-conforming people have developed in relation to deviant sexuality. What was the political and cultural significance of identifying as a lesbian in the 20th century United States? What were the specific contributions of black, working class, disabled, and trans women in creating lesbian identity and community? How did both supportive experiences within lesbian community, and experiences of exclusion from lesbianism, inform other political and cultural identities, including queer and trans? In preparation for the Women's Studies department 50th Anniversary, this class will also work on a project to imagine the future of feminist approaches to queer studies.
Dr. Andrew M. McClellan (Ph.D., University of British Columbia)
Humanity has always been obsessed with the idea of the afterlife. Nowhere is this more powerfully – and frighteningly – articulated than in artistic conceptions of “Hell,” a dark, infernal place reserved for those deemed, at best, morally insufficient, and at worst, willfully malevolent. Though Hell for modern audiences carries unavoidable Christian overtones, the basic theoretical and conceptual outlines of a gloomy umbratic netherworld have existed across cultures for many millennia. This course investigates different representations of Hell in a variety of artistic “texts” from antiquity to the present. By studying closely the concept of Hell, students will explore artistic influences, compare different genres, and examine a range of cultural value systems. Some of the texts we will discuss this semester include The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, Aristophanes’ Frogs, Plato’s Republic, Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Inferno, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Gabriel Squailia’s Dead Boys, and the film Event Horizon.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Apply Now and Join the Incoming Fall 2020 Cohort of Graduate Students in MALAS, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at SDSU
MALAS is accepting applications thru March 1 2020 for our new incoming cohort of graduate students! Want to do MA-level work on Sustainability, Ethnic Studies, Social Justice, and/or just about any Interdisciplinary combination under the sun? Join us now!https://t.co/EnXU9f8zdb pic.twitter.com/RwNxFL2SeA— Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, MALAS (@sdsumalas) January 15, 2020
Monday, December 9, 2019
- a semiotic perspective: the nature and working of the visual sign itself
- a systemic perspective: visuality as a communication system that involves specific technologies, media, and techniques of production, reproduction, manipulation, circulation, and reception
- a rhetorical/communication perspective that involves practices of seeing and looking, analysis of persuasive effects of visual artifacts, as well as examination of their deployments in politics, culture, advertising, knowledge discovery, and so on.
RWS graduate students.