Fall 2016 CSTC350
Screening: Tue 3:00pm, Screening Room, 212 York St.
Seminar: Wed 1:30pm - 3:20pm, TC 204
Yale University

The study of colonialism’s marks  on the world  has  been a fascination for many artists and filmmakers since postcolonial scholarship was introduced in the 1970s. This seminar will explore films, exhibitions, and writings that connect injustices of Expansionism with theories of race, gender, and science. Using decolonizing lexicons from movements in Northern Africa and the Arab Levant, we will study how contemporary art and film approach the complex terrain of Statecraft. Establishing these sensibilities, we will further learn what new roles digital colonialism and technological innovations play in the field – eventually leading to a paper or media project by semester’s end.

The structure of this class does not progress chronologically. Rather, it attempts to reorient our notions of historical time by connecting themes of image-making with globalized image saturation. We will examine the particularities of colonialism region-by-region and in addition we will cross-pollinate theories and discuss patterns in colonial ideologies. Subjects include the camera as weapon, expulsion, and indigeneity along with pedagogies for the oppressed, international solidarity movements, and speculative fictions. A culmination of different positions from artists, curators, and theorists will attempt to dissolve assumptions about colonial hegemonies and the places they reigned.

Focusing both on the micro and macro vicissitudes of colonial enterprises, the class will give students an entry point to learn about the power that images carry – building an eye for symbolism, political commentary, and the analog-to-digital turn. As a fabric for dissecting patriarchal motivations, decolonization is a multilateral discourse and the class will encourage intersectional provocations and constructive debates. By the end of the course, students will be exposed to artworks and writings that postulate resistence, eloquence, and solidarity for those who we've lost and those who refuse technocolonial pursuits.


Volumes below. All other readings availabe on this site.
Prisoner of Love by Jean Genet
Cyclonopedia; by Reza Negarestani
24/7 by Jonathan Crary
Postcolonial Melancholia by Paul Gilroy
The Anti-Aesthetic edited by Hal Foster (optional)


Week 1 - August 31st
Eye of the Storm, 1970 by William Peters (US), 25 min


Week 2 - September 7th
Protojounalism - Decolonization Never Goes Unnoticed
Concerning Violence, 2014 by Göran Olsson (Sweden) narrated by Lauryn Hill, 89 min

Chapter 1: Concerning Violence, 1961 from The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
, 2013 from Public Culture Journal, Issue 15 by Achille Mbembe
Edward Said's Diary Entries, 2000 from London Review of Books, Vol. 22


Week 3 - September 14th
Colonial Racisystems and Geography
White Material, 2009 by Claire Denis (France), 105 min

Contemporary Art in the State of Permanent Transition, 2008 by Okwui Enwezor
Beyond Colonialism? From Chocolat to White Material, 2014 by Cornelia Ruhu

Week 4 - September 21st
A Land Without a People for a People Without a Land

Al Dhakira al Khasba, 1980 by Michel Khleifi (Palestine), 99 min
The Forgotten Palestinians, 2011 by Ilan Pappe
About Place and Time - The Films of Michel Khleifi, 2008 by Nurith Gertz and George Khaleifi
Counter-Narratives of Palestinian Women, 2011 by Nadaera Shalhoub - Kevorkian

Week 5 - September 28th
Documentary is Never Neurtral

Ici et ailleurs, 1976 by Jean-Luc Godard (France/Palestine), 53 min
Prisoner of Love (One), 1992 by Jean Genet
Towards a Third Cinema, 1962 by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino
Between Object Engagement and Engaged Cinema, 2012 by Irmgard Emmelhainz
Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts..., 2015 by Samah Hijawi (Ibraaz Magazine)
RAREBOOK: 1978 Exhibition Catalogue International Art for Palestine

Week 6 - October 5th
Emergency Cinema

The Student, 2014, 6min
I Am What I Will Be – Part 1 2015, 5 min
I Am What I Will Be – Part 2, 2015, 5 min
What is Justice, 2014, 3 min
The Women in Pants, 2013, 4 min
The Team 11, 2015, 5 min
Children of Halfaya, 2013, 4 min
Inappropriate CV, 2014, 5 min
The Lady of Syria Part 1, 2014, 4 min
The Lady of Syria Part 2, 2015, 3 min
Outside the Cave, 2014, 4 min
Children First, 2015, 4 min
The Cave, 2015, 4 min
No Exit, 2013, 4 min
A Citizen from Tomorrow, 2014, 4 min
When My Brother Left, 2013, 4 min
A Dreams End, 2014, 3 min
Nothing But Light, 2015, 4 min
Abounaddara Film Collective (Syria) - 72 min
Prisoner of Love (Two), 1992 by Jean Genet
In Defense of the Poor Image, 2009 by Hito Steyerl
Shades of No, 2014 by Tirdad Zolghadr
Emancipation or Attachments? The Different Futures of Politics, 2008 by Bruno Latour


Week 7 - October 12th
Postcolonial Archive (meet in lobby of Yale Art Gallery)

First hour of class will meet for private curated tour of colonial prints, drawings, and photographs originating from north ern Africa and the Arab Levant. A discussion with the curator will follow in the Mimi Gates Study Gallery.
=Midterm Papers Due=
=no class October 19 2016=

Week 8 - October 26th
Sovereignty, Law, and Gendering

Divorce Iranian Style, 1998 by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hossenini (Iran), 80 min
Conceiving Citizens: Women & Politics of Motherhood in Iran, 2011 by Firoozeh Kashani- Sabet
Egalitarian Islam and Misogynist Islamic Tradition: A Critique of Feminist Reinterpretation of Islamic History and Heritage, 1994 by Reza Afshari

Week 9 - November 2nd

Reassemblage, 1982 by Trinh T. Minh-ha (Vietnam), 40 min
Part VII – Ethnicity and Indigeneity /// Part VIII – Feminism and Postcolonialism
Postcolonial Studies Reader Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin
, 1995
Decolonizing Feminism, from The Eloquence of Silence, 1994 by Marnia Lazreg

Week 10 - November 9th
Western Melancholia

Maurits Script, 2006 by Wendelien Van Oldenborgh (The Netherlands), 67 min
The past is never dead. It’s not even past, 2012 (Afterall Journal) by Emily Pethick
Postcolonial Melancholia, 2005 by Paul Gilroy

Week 11 - November 16th
Technocracies and Digital Colonialism

Resolution 978 HD, 2013 by Model Court (Finland/Jordan) 35 min.
24/7, 2013 by Jonathan Crary
Intifada 3.0? Cybercolonialism and Pal Resistance, 2015 by Helga T. Souri and Miriyam Aouragh
=no class November 23rd 2016=

Week 12 - November 30th
Ecstasy and Crisis

The Radiant, 2012 64 min.
Nervus Rerum, 2008 32 min.
The Otolith Group (UK)
Part 1: Bacterial Archeology; Nether, Sub - Soil, and Xeno - Chemical Insiders
Part 2: Exhumation; Relics and Diabolic Particles
Part 3: The Legion; Warmachines, Predators and Pests
Cyclonopedia; Complicity with Anonymous Materials
, 2008 by Reza Negarestani
The Ecstasy of Communication, 1998 by Jean Baulldriard

Week 13 - December 7th
Speculative Emancipation

Sans Soleil, 1983 by Chris Marker (France) 100 min
Part 4: Tellurian Insurgencies: Xerodrome, Solar Tempests and Earth - Sun Axes
Part 5: Uncharted Regions; Catalytic Spaces
Part 6: Polytics; Complicity and Schizotrategies for Openness and Insurgency Cyclonopedia; Complicity with Anonymous Materials, 2008 by Reza Negarestani

The Cost for Love We Are Not Willing to Pay, 2012 by Etel Adnan

Final Project Due:
Monday, December 12th 2016



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