COML 2034

COML 2034

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Co-taught by professors in Comparative Literature and Astronomy, this course will introduce students to the fundamentals of astronomy concepts through readings in Black Studies. We will experiment with what it means to engage with astrophysics concepts both inside and outside of the disciplinary framework of astronomy—for example, in genres like film, afrofuturist science fiction, and critical theory. Do astronomy concepts lose coherence outside of their scientific contexts, or do they acquire a different kind of sense? Why are humanities scholars everlastingly drawn toward the stars? In particular, what do artists and theoreticians of color gain from turning toward cosmological reflection? Texts will include works by authors like Octavia Butler and Dionne Brand, theorists like Sylvia Wynter and Denise Ferreira da Silva, and others. Astronomy concepts will include the electromagnetic spectrum, stellar evolution, and general relativity.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, LA-AS, PHS-AS)
Satisfies Requirement This course can be taken for Physical Sciences credit.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASTRO 2034

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17281 COML 2034   LEC 001

    • MW Malott Hall 207
    • Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
    • Stacey, G

      Vaziri, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person