In this lecture we will ‘visit’ approximately 12 islands as part of an imagined itinerary through (anglophone) cultural history.
Islands are sites of contact and exchange, of shifting relations.
Each lecture will mobilise at least one concept or theme from Cultural Studies, e.g. colonisation, enslavement, utopias, imprisonment and incarceration, globalisation, archipelagic thought, climate change and environmental exploitation, etc. and connect these in an exemplary manner to an anglophone island (or group of islands). We will travel through time, space and imaginary preoccupations with islands, developing an itinerary of engagement with matter and materials to develop a toolkit for Cultural Studies.
Further materials, including some preparatory readings, will be provided for interested students as a matter of course (via StudIP).