[Blackstudies-l] Summer Study Abroad in Brazil: ANTH 216 Race, Racism and the Black Experience in Bahia, Brazil

Melanie Medeiros medeiros at geneseo.edu
Thu Feb 8 11:56:32 EST 2018


*Summer Study Abroad Program in Bahia, Brazil [May 14-June 4, 2018]*
S/M/ANTH 216 Race, Racism and the Black Experience in Bahia, Brazil (The
African Diaspora in Bahia)

This course fulfills S/M requirements, as well as electives for the
major/minor in Anthropology, Black Studies, Latin American Studies and
Sociomedical Sciences.5

Application Deadline extended to February 15th.

Email Dr. Medeiros (medeiros at geneseo.edu) or visit the Geneseo Study
Abroad site
for more information:  http://www.geneseo.edu/study_abroad
/programs-region-south-america. Or visit the program's Facebook page
<https://www.facebook.com/Bahia.Brazil.Study.Abroad>!

This course examines race, racism and the black experience in the Americas
from an anthropological perspective. Comparing and contrasting the lived
experiences of contemporary members of the African diaspora, it will
examine issues such as: the scientific and social construction of race;
racism and social and health inequality; whiteness and privilege; blackness
as an individual and social identity; and the intersection of race, gender,
and class. The course also examines the relationship between identity and
the production of cultural products such as music, dance, and religion
across the Americas. Lastly, the course explores social justice movements
and acts of resistance against discrimination and pervasive inequality.
Readings, films, written assignments, and discussions will underscore how
the politics of race and ethnicity as well as the discourse on culture and
identity, shape and influence social relations and individual experiences
throughout the Americas.

This program will begin in the capital of Bahia - the beautiful coastal
city of Salvador - where we will spend 5 days exploring the historical
colonial neighborhood of Pelourinho, including visits to the Afro-Brazilian
Museum, local markets, and an Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira
performance.  Students will have free time to explore the city and local
beaches.  We will then travel into the interior of Bahia to spend 2 weeks
in the charming town of Lencois and the stunning Chapada Diamantina
National Park.  While in Lencois students will study first-hand the effects
of racism, social inequality and ecotourism on black Brazilians.   Program
activities will include guest lectures and classes on capoeira and
Afro-Brazilian dance, and scavenger hunts. Students will witness the
preparation for the most important holiday in Northeast Brazil - the Festa
de Sao Joao, commemorated with traditional music, food and costumes. Students
will also have opportunities to explore the park including: hikes to rivers
and waterfalls, dramatic mountaintop and canyon views, cave tours,
canoeing, backpacking, etc.

Melanie A. Medeiros, Ph.D.
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Coordinator, Sociomedical Sciences program
Department of Anthropology
SUNY Geneseo
Office: Bailey 106
Phone: 585-245-6269
Email: medeiros at geneseo.edu
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