Political Theory After the End of 'End of History'

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
New Currents in Pol Theory
Fall 2023
Taught By: Sandipto Dasgupta
Section: A

CRN: 15651

Credits: 3

The first two decades of this century has witnessed the steady erosion of the ‘end of history’ consensus that marked the end of the last century. The crisis of capitalism and liberalism, the decline of imperial hegemonies, protest against racial hierarchies, reversal of globalization and cosmopolitanism, and the specter of climate catastrophes have ensured that tumult and uncertainties that seemed to have been extinguished have re-entered politics and history. Political theory, a discipline that was born during the second half of the twentieth century, and underwritten by the ideological certainties of that time, has had to react to this shift in its own conditions of possibility. The course looks at the currents in political theory that have emerged as a response, and the kind of methodological reassessments that have been ongoing. We shall be reading scholarship within and adjacent to political theory that addresses these issues. The course is meant to introduce graduate students to the new, still unsettled, disciplinary landscape of political theory through emerging currents within the discipline, and to encourage/provoke them to anticipate how political theory could speak to the present moment. To imagine what political theory could be after the end of ‘end of history’? The course would be divided into four broad themes: 1. Economy/capitalism/property. 2. Empire/decolonization/race. 3. Global/national/migration/planetary. 4. Liberalism and its critics

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 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: 9:22am EST 2/29/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1108
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023