HIST 001P. First Year Seminar: History through the Lens: Latin America, Latinos, Photography, and the Present
As a social and artistic technology that has, for over a century and a half, been offering the magic of instantaneous, realistic, and mechanically reproducible frozen fragments of reality, photography has played and continues to play a central role in shaping Latin American understandings of-and desires for-modernity.
Photographs enable us to more fully imagine what daily, cultural, and material life was like in the past, but they need to be contextualized with other resources-both written and oral-in order to reveal their potential. Out of this exercise, the past and the present might unveil themselves with their certainties, ambiguities, consistencies, and inconsistencies.
This course will use photographs as visual resources to explore key processes in the making of modern Latin America. Each week, we will use a set of selected photographs to explore a different topic-urbanization, industrialization, migration, labor, race, ethnicity, gender, disease, sports, leisure, music, food, politics, religion, and the environment-as we inform our reading of these photographs through a discussion of relevant books and articles.
Eligible for LALS
Fall 2017. Armus.
Catalog chapter: History
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/history