For Monday, 12/20

Prep

  • Desmond and Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 11 (‘Toward Racial Democracy’): ‘What Are the Goals?’; How Do We Bring About Change?’; ‘We Who Believe in Freedom’. keywords: colour-blindness; is/ought distinction; multiculturalism; racial democracy.

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Review: Take-Home Essay Final Exam
  • Q&A: Towards Racial Democracy

For Next Time

  • Make your final revisions to your exam essays ASAP.

For Monday, 12/13

Prep

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Core Concepts
    • Review: The White Aesthetic
    • Review: The Racist Aesthetic
      • Cultural Appropriation
      • Racist Appropriation
    • Review: The Antiracist Aesthetic
      • Antiracist Appropriation
  • Review: Take-Home Final Exam (13:45)
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Desmond and Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 11 (‘Toward Racial Democracy’): ‘What Are the Goals?’; How Do We Bring About Change?’; ‘We Who Believe in Freedom’. keywords: is/ought distinction.

For Wednesday, 12/8

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘The Racialization of Art Worlds’; ‘Cultural Appropriation’; ‘The Sociology of Art, the Art of Sociology’. keywords: antiracist appropriation; cultural appropriation (pp. 308-314); highbrow and lowbrow culture (pp. 305-308); racist appropriation; white gaze, the.
  • ‘Why Does the Ethnic Food Aisle Still Exist?’All of It (15 September 2021)

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Review: Take-Home Essay Final Exam
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Monday, 12/6

Prep

If you can, be sure to see Dune (Denis Villeneuve, 2021) before class on Monday, either in the theatre or on HBO Max. 

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘The Racialization of Art Worlds’; ‘Cultural Appropriation’; ‘The Sociology of Art, the Art of Sociology’. keywords: antiracist appropriation; cultural appropriation (pp. 308-314); highbrow and lowbrow culture (pp. 305-308); racist appropriation; white gaze, the.

For Wednesday, 12/1

Prep

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Monday, 11/29

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’. keywords: antiracist aesthetic, minstrelsy; the; multiculturalism; racist aesthetic, the; white aesthetic, the; white saviour trope.

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 11/24

Prep

  • Review Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’
  • Read Kyle D. Stedman, ‘Annoying Ways People Use Sources’, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2 (2011)

Zoom Session

For Next Time 

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’. keywords: antiracist aesthetic, minstrelsy; the; multiculturalism; racist aesthetic, the; white aesthetic, the.

For Monday, 11/22

Prep

Hi, sorry for the delay in putting this particular agenda together: I’ve been dealing with Jamaican bureaucracy the last few days, as I’ll be in Kingston, JA, for a few days for my mother’s 80th birthday, and I’m still unsure that I’ll have the technical support I need in order for us to meet on Zoom. I am crossing my fingers that this will be possible on Wednesday. Remember that we are not doing a Zoom session today (Monday).

We spent most of class discussing the concepts of cultural capital and social capital, without discussing affirmative action at all. So please make sure to review the relevant material in Ch. 7 and we’ll talk about it on Wednesday. There’s also a prompt I’d like for you all to respond to over the next few days on Slack (see below).

Asynchronous Work

  • Identify at least one way whiteness informs your major field of study or one of the classes in which you are currently enrolled. Explain precisely how racial domination is normalised; offer at least one consequence of this normalisation and advance at least one suggestion for how whiteness might be effectively confronted (this question is almost verbatim from Desmond and Emirbayer 2016:279). 

For Next Time

  • Review Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’