W2021 Theme Statement
In its first two iterations, this course was structured in a way that pulled from various radical traditions within social movements that have influenced and been influenced by popular culture. Starting this term, I am experimenting with focusing on a specific theme. I’ve selected The Black Radical Imagination as the theme for a number of reasons: (1) Black political movements have been extremely influential to all mass movements in North America; (2) the current rebellions and uprisings create a setting that is rife with culture creation; (3) Blackness is made secondary by non-Black (particular white) scholars and I am seeking to centre Black political thought in this course.
Course Information & Structure
The Detroit-based centenarian radical, Grace Lee Boggs, reflecting on lessons from her several decades of political activity suggests: “We need to connect visionary work with resistance work; one is not possible without the other. Both are essential parts of a more holistic movement for change.” This course is structured with this advice in mind. We will explore the Black Radical Imagination through the interplay between social movements that imagine new ways of being, movements that resist structures of power, and the popular culture that is created through these movements but also in conversation with these movements.
With gratitude, we acknowledge that Renison University College is located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples, which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River.
Beyond Territorial Acknowledgements by Chelsea Vowel
An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter by Leanne Simpson
Dr. Craig Fortier, Assistant Professor Social Development Studies, Renison University College (University of Waterloo)
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