ROM-STD 130 - Diaspora Artchives: Transnational Stories of Immigration and Citizenship in Historical Perspective




Description: This course proposes an innovative approach to archiving and researching through the engagement, analysis and recovery of oral histories and artistic productions of second-generation immigrants who identify as black and/or brown. Setting off from the analysis of twelve stories of self-identified black immigrants from Milan, Italy and Boston, Massachussetts, the students will engage in critical analysis of the historical relationship between race, diaspora, and citizenship.  Building on the original stories and artistic materials, students will produce a digital archive and network  that connects people, objects and events across the globe. Our goal is to make the archive a functional artistic piece for the larger Harvard University community.