Dictatorship in History and Theory

New School for Social Research: Historical Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Dictatorship in History
Spring 2023
Taught By: Federico Finchelstein and Andreas Kalyvas
Section: A

CRN: 10866

Credits: 3

The seminar examines the conceptual and political history of dictatorship. It traces its origins in antiquity but is especially focused on modern notions and historical cases of dictatorship from Bonapartism to fascism and Cold War dictatorships in Latin America and Europe. We will treat dictatorship as a central yet evolving borderline concept through which we can explore and interrogate the themes of emergency rule, state of exception, revolution, and the making of the modern state by emphasizing the relationship between power, sovereignty, law, sedition, war, and violence. The seminar also focuses on the justifications that have informed theories of dictatorship in an attempt to elucidate and reconstruct the broader paradigm of politics that became associated with this concept. Respectively, we will critically investigate the historical impact of the concept and the practice of dictatorship in terms of violence and its antagonistic relation to democracy.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Historical Studies (GHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 10

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: 11:16pm EDT 5/31/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 902
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023