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Fall 2018 Comparative Literature & Society GR8867 section 001
S CONTEMP CRITICAL THOUGHT
S CONTEMP CRITICAL THOUGH
|Day & Time
To be announced
|Course Description|| “In politics,” Reinhart Koselleck writes at the end of his essay on the modern concept of revolution, “words and their usage are more important than any other weapon.” Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Perhaps it is action that matters more than words, ultimately—political engagement, praxis, “agir.” Perhaps the words, in the end, merely catch up with the things. Regardless, a central question arises: In an age that may be considered post-revolutionary (but that too is a question), how should we understand and theorize collective action and individual political engagement? This seminar seeks to answer that question through a sustained, critical examination of different contemporary forms of political upheaval. The purpose of this seminar series, then, is to explore various modalities of uprising, disobedience, inservitude, revolt, or other forms of political contestation. Instead of including them all under the name of “revolution”—a term that has become conceptually and historically fraught—we are interested in considering how specific experiences and discourses articulate new forms of upheaval or reformulate well-known ones. By focusing on this conceptual, historical and political problematic, we intend to shine a light on experiences and manifestations that take place at the local and at the global level, as well as at the subjective and the collective level. The idea is to articulate how critical political practice is expressed and understood today. |
This is a year-long course (Y course). Columbia GSAS students will be required to take both Fall and Spring semesters of this course. No grade will be issued for the Fall semester, the credits are broken up across both semesters, 4 credits total, 1 in Fall and 3 in Spring. This course co-convenes with LAW L8866 001.
|Department||Comparative Literature and Society, Institute for|
|Enrollment||3 students (16 max) as of 7:51PM Sunday, June 17, 2018|
|Subject||Comparative Literature & Society|
|Division||Graduate School of Arts and Sciences|
|Open To||Graduate School of Arts and Science, School of the Arts, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, International and Public Affairs, School of Professional Studies|
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