Spring 2022

Racism and Anti-Racism in Latinx and Latin American Cinema

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-461  |  Special Seminar, as COLQ-461

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Paul A. Schroeder Rodriguez (Section 01)


(Offered as COLQ 461 and SPAN 461) In this particular research tutorial we will ask how specific film practices help normalize racist vs. anti-racist structures of feeling. We will begin with a few key historical and theoretical texts on the long-term construction of racist and anti-racist structures of feeling in Latin America and in U.S. Latinx cultures, to then explore how these are reproduced or contested in a handful of films where racism and anti-racism are at the center of the filmic text, narratively and/or audiovisually. The selection of films will be made collaboratively, as will the subsequent research and the chosen end-product, for example an academic essay, a scholarly review essay, a digital resource for teachers, and/or media activism. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

This course is a research tutorial, listed in the catalog as colloquia for juniors and seniors, and is part of a tutorial series that engages Amherst students in substantive research with faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. By exploring how different scholars approach a topic, students learn to frame a research question, develop research strategies, and identify and use sources. Students enrolled in these courses are guaranteed funding for at least six weeks of work during the summer following the academic year in which they take the course.

Open to sophomores and juniors. Limited to 6 students. Spring Semester. Professor Schroeder Rodriguez.

If Overenrolled: consent of professor will be required


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2021-22: Offered in Spring 2022