Affective States: On the Politics and Histories of Sentiment

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Affective States

Fall 2019

Taught By: Ann Stoler

Section: A

CRN: 7201

Credits: 3

This course starts from two premises: (l) that sentiments articulate the personal and the political in historically specific ways; and (2) that sentiments are historically located social phenomena with specific genealogies. In this course, we draw on a range of varied literatures in anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, and literary criticism to explore the changing ways in which thought and feeling, rationality and passion, reason and sentiment have been understood. The focus is on sentiment as an index of relations of power and as a tracer of them. Seminar themes include attention to social inequality and sentiment, state formation and affect, the politics of compassion, imperial sympathy, "structures of feeling" and sentiment as a marker of political and social location.Course requirements include weekly commentaries on the readings, a short review essay and a research paper. Readings include: Albert Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests, William Reddy, The Navigation of Feeling, Carolyn Steedman, Landscape for a Good Woman, and selections from Adam Smith, David Hume, Didier Fassin, Amelie Rorty, William James, Raymond Williams, among others.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 3:40pm 1/23/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019