Thinking about the Body from 1500 to the Present

Instructors: Lauren Brandt and Alan Niles
Meeting time: Thursday, 2-5
Syllabus: Canvas site

This course explores ways of thinking about and living with the body, from spaces of New World encounter to the nineteenth-century slave trade to twentieth-century state institutions and global corporations and beyond. We will focus in historical detail on topics including cannibals, carnival, slave markets, blackface, gender performance, disability, and prisons. Throughout our course, we will seek to address questions including how systems of power “read” (and write) physical bodies; how the body has served as a site of contested individual and collective performance; how the body has served as an object of desire or repulsion; and how the body offers a form of knowledge.