Syllabus- Dr. Frank Guridy, Ph.D., “Transnational America”

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Teaching the History of Narcotrafficking and Gangs

Dr. Frank Guridy, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas-Austin and Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies. In fall 2012, Professor Guridy plans to teach a graduate seminar called “Transnational America.” This is a tentative syllabus of his course, which will touch upon transnational commodity chains and the flows of goods and people across borders.

HIS 386K • Transnational America

39725 • Fall 2012
Meets TH 100pm-400pm JES A230
(also listed as AFR 386, LAS 386)

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Course Description: This graduate readings course will grapple with the implications of the so-called “transnational turn” in American hemispheric studies. It takes up the challenge posed by recent work on transnationalism and globalization by training graduate students in the theories and methodologies of a field that is emerging from older models of international and comparative scholarship to more recent approaches that highlight the movement of peoples, commodities, and ideas across borders. Students will encounter an eclectic mix of transnational scholarship from fields including: African Diaspora Studies, Borderlands history, commodity chains studies, migration studies, among others. While the course will draw mostly from the discipline of history, it explicitly incorporates scholarship from other disciplines to encourage students to develop interdisciplinary approaches. The ultimate goal of the course is to prompt students to conceptualize the Americas as a broader American interconnected transborder space, rather than a hemisphere of different nation-states.


Grade Breakdown:

Active Class Participation  20%

Author Report  20%

Review Essay 20%

Final Paper  40%


Tentative Reading List:

Stephanie Smallwood, Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora

José David Saldívar, Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico)

Frank Andre Guridy, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African-Americas in a World of Empire and Jim Crow

Michael Hanchard, Orpheus and Power: The Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988

John Soluri, Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1950

Jorge Duany, Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States

Christopher Thomas Gaffney, Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires

Deborah A. Thomas, Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica

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