Race and the Digital: Racial Formation and 21st Century Technologies

Race and the Digital

This course investigates spaces of new media and their import for the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Building upon an interdisciplinary list of readings, undergraduates at UCLA will use digital studies to investigate the ways racial formation is embedded in 21st century technologies, from circuits manufactured on Navajo land to smartphone applications designed by urban day laborers. Areas of focus include the digital divide, labor, cyberfeminism, and the role of social media in contemporary activism. Together, we will foreground questions of accessibility and the digital divide in an approach that connects race, space, and the digital.

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