Transnational Activism: A Study of Contestations Concerning Bodies, Borders and Identities in Miami, Florida
MIAMI PROGRAM BROCHURE
Faculty Directors: Hyun Kim and Montserrat Pérez-Toribio
Borders are violently contested in America today as elsewhere. Lines are drawn to split up cultures and communities across the Americas. Building walls literally and politically, power and force are used against immigrants, queer, women, poor, and racial others. From the United States to Central and South America, anti-poor, anti-immigrant, anti-queer, and anti-black violence have escalated. Why and how do nations restrict physical and geographical boundaries, punish corporeal bodies, and attack cultures through the politics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, language, class, nationalism, nativism, and regionalism? From Miami, Florida, this new semester study away program will experiment with Humanities and Social Sciences in Action.
Why Miami? People know Miami for its beaches and art deco. This southern coastal city is, however, rich and dynamic in cultural hybridity, street and public arts, queer performances, youth activism, and young democratic politics. Beyond its liveliness of the Caribbean and Latin American cultures, Miami is an innovative urban laboratory for studying global, local, cross-cultural, racial, gender, queer, and immigrant activism. From Miami, the program will examine the dialectical process of cultural marginalization and integration whereby diverse communities of color simultaneously challenge, influence and change one another. Hegemonic power relations are reinforced and altered through everyday social activism. From this urban laboratory, we will examine the ‘intercultural’ dynamics and contradictions of cultures and subcultures (migrant, queer, refugee, immigrant, black, Latino, Asian, Caribbean, youth, women, and the poor) where bodies, borders and identities are being contested.
Earn 4 Wheaton credits, with the following courses:
HISP 325/WGS 326: Queer Politics and Hispanisms
SOC 270: Immigration
INT 398: Interculturality