In this four-part seminar led by writer Bani Amor, you’ll research, map, and write your own decolonial travel guide—and as a class, create a zine of your collective work.
Both the modern-day travel guide and the history of cartography have been instrumental in distorting our perceptions of the world way before we even step foot outside our homes, but their formats also make them ripe for reimaginations of place. In this interactive four-part course, we’ll draw from examples to create our own decolonial travel guides, from mapping sites of Indigenous resistance to those of Black-owned businesses and anything in between that reorients our gaze away from the settler’s over-beaten path. We’ll work both individually and collectively to create a collaborative zine for sale to benefit the Black Trans Travel Fund.
SYLLABUS AT A GLANCE
There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for two hours on four consecutive Sundays.
Session 1 (Sunday, 9/27, 12:30–2:30 PM ET): The Ancestry Guide - mapping our personal histories
Session 2 (Sunday, 10/4, 12:30–2:30 PM ET): The Black Power Guide - sites of significance to Black culture and history
Session 3 (Sunday, 10/11, 12:30–2:30 PM ET): The Decolonial Guide - defining travel as a tool of sovereignty for Indigenous communities
Session 4 (Sunday, 10/18, 12:30–2:30 PM ET): Conclusion - finishing the zine
November Dates (Please note we will be skipping the Sunday after Thanksgiving.)
Session 1 (Sunday, 11/8, 12:30-2:30PM ET): The Ancestry Guide - mapping our personal histories
Session 2 (Sunday, 11/15, 12:30-2:30PM ET): The Black Power Guide - sites of significance to Black culture and history
Session 3 (Sunday, 11/22, 12:30-2:30PM ET): The Decolonial Guide - defining travel as a tool of sovereignty for Indigenous communities
Session 4 (Sunday, 12/6, 12:30-2:30PM ET): Conclusion - finishing the zine
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.
Bani Amor is a gender/queer travel writer who explores the relationships between race, place, and power. Their work has appeared in CNN Travel, Fodor’s, AFAR, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets, and in the anthology Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity. Bani is a four-time VONA/Voices Fellow who gives lectures and leads workshops on decolonizing travel culture. They are Brooklyn-born and Queens-based with their heart in Ecuador and their mind everywhere, all the time. Follow them on Instagram at @baniamor.
This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that will meet on Sundays over Zoom. Students will be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.
Our sessions will include presentations on the week’s theme as well as writing prompts, mapping exercises, in-class research, and discussion. Between sessions, students will be required to conduct a bit of research on their chosen travel guide topic for the following week using a brief reading example for direction. The collection of original or open-sourced media is encouraged, amounting to at least 20 minutes of outside work each week.
There are 12 spots available on this experience.