Skip Course Information

Course Information

Instructor Info:Lorne Falk
Office Extension x6084
TA Info:Eli Plenk
Mia Pond
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Thursday
07:00 PM - 09:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104

This course will look at the phenomenon of globalization and contemporary art through the lens of border culture, a term that refers to the "deterritorialized" nature of a subject when she is removed from her context or place of origin. Her themes include borders within the realms of language, gender, ideology, race, and genres of cultural production. Border culture emerged in the 1980s in Tijuana/San Diego in a community of artists who had spent many years living outside their homelands or living between two cultures—an experience that in 2013 might well represent the nature of contemporary life as well as art praxis. Division II and III students will have the opportunity to develop an independent paper or portion of their thesis in this course.

Course Objectives:

Students in this course are expected to work with one another to create a lively, serious, ongoing conversation about how art and border culture represent globalization in 2013. Working conscientiously together in various ways is a key to developing critical, research, verbal and collegial skills. Each student will serve as respondent for another student's mid-term and final paper. In teams you will present and lead discussions about assigned readings and individually you will present the work of an artist relevant to the readings. The frame for your conversations is contemporary art, theory and criticism: you are expected to engage issues of form and subject matter, political and historical contexts, social relevance and critical reception of art works, issues, and theories of the contemporary moment relevant to a discourse on border culture and globalization.

Evaluation Criteria:


Attendance: Attendance of each class is required. If you must miss a class due to illness, please email me in advance. If you miss more than 2 classes, you will be asked to withdraw.

Preparation: Complete the readings and be prepared to discuss them in class. Your level of preparation is evident and will be factored into your final evaluation.

Participation I: Each class will be devoted to group discussion of the assigned texts. Students in teams will take a turn presenting and leading the discussion of each week's assigned readings. It is required that each team meet prior to their presentation to discuss the readings and prepare a handout, which should include a single paragraph summary of each reading followed by specifically cited passages that articulate what you consider to be the key points and that link it to the other readings—about one page per reading.

Participation II: Every student will make a presentation of work by an artist mentioned in or relevant to the readings. You are expected to engage in serious, scholarly, college-level research in your presentation, which should be about 20 minutes in length. Presentations should include: a concise biographical sketch of the artist, a selection of (10-20) images of work taken from different periods in their career, and a rigorous analysis of a single work of art that engages with one of the subjects, issues, or themes of the class. While a handout is not required, your presentation will be uploaded to the course website.

Image and Art Historical Research: All presentations, with relevant websites and images will be uploaded to the course website as a bank of shared information and ideas. Students may draw on this bank for their papers.

Essays: You must submit two essays. Each essay should be typed in Times New Roman (12 point), have a title page that includes the prompt, have proper footnotes (Chicago style), and be paginated (e.g. JDoe – 1). The mid-term paper should be at least 8 pages long and the final paper at least 10-12 pages, not including title page and images. I will distribute paper topics corresponding to the due dates (mid-term and end of term)—your essays must be on either my topics or a topic of your own design that I have approved.

Important: All essays must be formatted as a word file or PDF and emailed to me by their deadlines.

Additional Info:

Required Texts*

*Available from Amherst Books

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Third Edition. San Francisco: Spinsters / Aunt Lute, 1987.

Fusco, Coco. The Bodies That Were Not Ours: and Other Writings. London and New York: Routledge in collaboration with Iniva, 2001.

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo. Ethno-Techno: Writings on Performance, Activism, and Pedagogy, edited by Elaine Peña. London and New York: Routledge, 2005.

Moaveni, Azadeh. Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran. New York: PublicAfffairs, 2006.

Papastergiadis, Nikos. The Turbulence of Migration: Globalization, Deterritorialization and Hybridity. Cambridge: Polity, 2000.

All other readings are available as .pdf files on the course web site.

Recommended Texts

Mercer, Kobena, editor. Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press and Iniva [Institute of International Visual Arts], 2008.

Appadurai, Arjun, editor. Globalization. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.