Ethnographies of Nation and Empire

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Ethnographies of Nation/Empire
Fall 2023
Taught By: Jessica Pisano
Section: A

CRN: 16085

Credits: 3

Much of the study of politics relies upon metropolitan perspectives and geopolitically inflected methodological frameworks. This course asks, how does our understanding change when we analyze politics from local vantage points, using grounded methods? Through our reading of scholarship on empires and nation-building, the seminar treats overarching questions about perspective and method in ethnography, asking what ethnography can tell us not only about the world in which we live, but also about the political and social constructs that shape our interpretation of experience. We consider ethnography's relationship to other forms of analysis that transcend boundaries within and beyond the social sciences and its epistemological foundations. Our seminar also examines the role of ethnography in the conduct of politics and the writing of history, including in the governing technologies of empire. We consider how thinking with ethnography can help illuminate and clarify ethical concerns that accompany all social research, and we identify ways scholars using other research methodologies may use insights generated through ethnographic research in their work.

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: 5:58pm EST 12/5/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 902
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023