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Daniel F. Silva

Associate Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies

Director, Black Studies Program

 work(802) 443-5854
 Fall 2021: By appointment
 Carr Hall 208

Daniel F. Silva earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. His research and teaching interests include postcolonial cultural studies in Lusophone and global contexts; African and African Diaspora Studies; Critical Race and Ethnic studies; Latin American Studies; imperial and colonial discourses; critical approaches to intersections of race, gender, and class in global contexts.

He is Director of the Black Studies Program, Director of the Twilight Project, steering committee member of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and a contributing member of the International and Global Studies Program.

He is the author of Anti-Empire: Decolonial Interventions in Lusophone Literatures (Liverpool University Press, 2018) and Subjectivity and the Reproduction of Imperial Power: Empire’s Individuals (Routledge, 2015). He is also the co-editor of Imperial Crossings: Writings on Race, Identity, and Power in the Lusophone World (Liverpool University Press, Forthcoming); Decolonial Destinies: The Post-Independence Literatures of Lusophone Africa (Anthem Press, Forthcoming); Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis (Palgrave, 2016); and Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives (Lexington Books, 2013). He is co-editor of the book series, Anthem Studies in Race, Power, and Society with Anthem Press; and has published scholarship in Hispania, Chasqui, and Transmodernity.



Course List: 

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BLST 0301 - Black Studies Theory & Methods      

Theory and Methods in Black Studies
In this course, which is the required junior seminar for Black Studies, we will explore the historical, philosophical, and methodological basis of Black Studies. Reading seminal primary and secondary sources, students will gain a deeper understanding of both the central issues and the range of theoretical responses (e.g., intersectionality, critical race theory) that have helped shaped the field since its inception in the late 1960s. Emphasis will be given to preparing students for senior work in the major. 3 hrs. sem. HIS SOC

Spring 2021

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FYSE 1571 - Race, Body, and Spectacle      

Race, Body, and Spectacle
Through an array of visual, aural, and literary materials, we will explore the many connections between racial discourses and corporeal imagery and their role in the reproduction of interwoven systems of racism, capitalism, patriarchy, cisgenderism, heterosexism, and ableism. To this end, we will pay particular attention to cultures of spectacle and performance in which the body is staged and codified in terms of race, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability for particular audiences. Examples will include fitness culture and contests, beauty pageants, sporting events, music videos, minstrelsy, and other cultures of spectacle from around the globe. Furthermore, we will interrogate how the racial spectacle is embedded into visual arts and literature spanning different stages of empire and capitalism. 3 hrs. sem. CMP CW SOC

Fall 2021

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IGST 0101 - Intro to Intl & Global Studies      

Introduction to International and Global Studies
This is the core course of the International and Global Studies major. It is an introduction to key international issues and problems that will likely feature prominently in their courses at Middlebury and study abroad. Issues covered will differ from year to year, but they may include war, globalization, immigration, racism, imperialism, nationalism, world organizations, non-governmental organizations, the European Union, the rise of East Asia, politics and society in Latin America, and anti-Americanism. 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP

Fall 2019

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IGST 0411 / PGSE 0411 - The Racial Life of Power      

The Racial Life of Power: (Trans)national Experiences of Race
In this course we will explore the emergence of race as a category of classification, social construct, and real experience in conjunction with the consolidation of different forms of power including colonialism, slavery, nationhood and globalization. We will take a global and interdisciplinary approach to our study by examining how race operates in national, transnational, and transcontinental power dynamics and imaginaries. Our interrogation of race will consider its central intersections with class, gender, and sexuality in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and North America at different moments in history. Course materials will include visual media, literary texts, primary historical sources, critical theory, and music. (Taught in English) 3 hrs. sem. AAL CMP SOC

Fall 2018

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IGST 0700 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
(Approval Required)

Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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IGST 0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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INTD 0430 - Theorizing/Decolonial Archives      

Theorizing Archives and Decolonial Archival Work
In this course especially appropriate for students with Twilight Project and other archival experience, we will conceptualize archival research and what stories can be told through such work. This theorization of archival methodologies will, more importantly, critique the western colonial function of archive-keeping while reimagining the archives as sites of resistance toward the decolonization of historiography, knowledge, and beyond. As archives are not only something we study, but also something we make, we will examine the ethics of archiving and retrieving experiences of people marginalized by ongoing colonial systems. Through hands-on exercises, readings, and periodic meetings with Middlebury College’s archivists, students will learn to identify, organize, and interpret archives—paper-based, photographs, sound recordings, social media, oral histories, and digital archives—moving between theory and practice. Instructor approval required. 3hrs. sem. HIS SOC

Fall 2021

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INTD 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Spring 2020

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PGSE 0210 - Accelerated Begin Portuguese      

Accelerated Beginning Portuguese
This course is an intensive and fast-paced introduction to Portuguese, covering all of the basic structures and vocabulary as well as important aspects of the cultures of Lusophone countries. Within a cultural context, emphasis will be placed on active communication aimed at the development of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are expected to continue with PGSE 0215, after successful completion of PGSE 0210. Open to all students. 6 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2018

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PGSE 0215 - Advanced Portuguese      

Advanced Portuguese
This course is a continuation of PGSE 0210. It is designed to balance textual and cultural analysis with a thorough review of grammar at an intermediate/high level. Students will hone their critical thinking and linguistic skills through guided readings, oral discussions, and short written assignments on Lusophone cultural topics. (PGSE 0103 or PGSE 0210 or by waiver) 4 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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PGSE 0375 / CMLT 0375 - Colonial Discourse & Legacies      

Colonial Discourse and Its Legacies in the Lusophone World
In this course we will critically analyze the meanings and ideas that shaped and undergirded European colonialism and its legacies in the interconnected realms of culture, race, language, gender, sexuality, and labor. In addition to studying the colonial period, we will pay particular attention to how the discourses of colonialism impact power structures concerning nation, globalization, and cultural consumption. In doing so, we will also address the problematics of the concept of “Lusophone,” starting with the historical legacies and cultural implications of such a transnational entity. Course materials will include critical theory, historical sources, literary texts, visual media, and music from Brazil, Lusophone Africa, Lusophone Asia, and Portugal. (PGSE 215 or equivalent) 3hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR CMP LNG SOC

Spring 2019, Fall 2020

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PGSE 0385 / SPAN 0385 - Luso-Hispanic Whiteness      

Deconstructing Whiteness in the Luso-Hispanic World
In this course we will critically examine constructions and realities of whiteness in the Luso-Hispanic world(s), traversing Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe. Through different readings, cultural products, and disciplinary lenses, we will grapple with whiteness as identity, as concentration of power, as national and global project, and as a set of discourses impacting gender, sexuality, disability, and labor. We will consider how whiteness is claimed and represented in interwoven contexts of colonialism, slavery, eugenics, nationhood, and late capitalism; paying particular attention to how it is simultaneously decentered and reproduced in narratives of racial exceptionalism, mestiçagem/mestizaje, and post-racialism. (PGSE 215 and SPAN 300 or above, or by approval) Taught in Spanish and Portuguese. 3hrs. lect. CMP HIS SOC

Spring 2020

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PGSE 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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