Methodologies of Care

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Methodologies of Care
Spring 2023
Taught By: Katharina Schramm
Section: A

CRN: 13303

Credits: 3

The epistemic and institutional frameworks we work in are inextricably linked with capitalist modes of dispossession, accumulation, extractivism, and the hierarchies and inequalities emerging from these. Decolonial scholarship has addressed these issues and has sparked important critical debates about the possibilities of knowing (and being) otherwise. Still, there are some hard-core methodological and epistemological issues that remain unresolved, especially when it comes to ethnographic practice and empirical inquiry. In this course, we seek to ground and concretize how a decolonial methodology could look like in specific sites and research settings. Starting from Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (2017) notion of matters of care as the practice of “assembling neglected things”, we will map out some empirical trajectories toward such a practice. We will discuss forms of collaboration and refusal as they emerge in different situations. We will also pay attention to methodologies beyond the gaze and the word (like sound, smell, or touch) and ask about their critical potential. Students are encouraged to bring in their own research interests and to share their work.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:40am EDT 9/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 502
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023