Rooted in the work of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (sometimes called The Birmingham School) in 1960s and 1970s, the British Cultural Studies tradition approaches scholarship from the premise that “culture is ordinary” (Williams, 1958). In other words, to fully understand the ways power, agency, structure, and resistance operate, we must take seriously the everyday experiences of regular people as cultural producers and consumers.
This course is an immersive experience in Cultural Studies through two dimensions. First, you will come away from the course with an understanding of the theoretical and analytical perspectives of cultural studies. To that end, we will root our study in the works of scholars like Stuart Hall, Richard Johnson, Angela McRobbie, and Julie D’Acci and embrace the critical lenses of feminist, critical race, social class, queer, and disability studies. Second, you should gain experience with the path to publication in the Cultural Studies tradition. Thus, we will practice the complete process of drafting, revising, soliciting feedback, and submitting work for publication (8000) or a conference (7000).