Political Space

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Political Space
Fall 2024
Taught By: Rafi Youatt
Section: A

CRN: 17380

Credits: 3

This seminar investigates the question of spatiality in political life. It starts by developing a conceptual frame, organized around key readings that address ontological and epistemological issues around the study of political space. It considers the ways that political thinking has often been defined by a relative inattention to the specific contours of space, geography, and place; and yet political power has frequently been involved in the production of forms of space amenable to its exercise. The second part of the course involves reading of a series of recent works that address specific configurations and questions of spatiality and politics, including: territoriality and state; voluminous and vertical sovereignty; war and terrain; urban geographies and (post)-modernity; global infrastructure and the politics of scale; and ancient political landscape. The course concludes with a final section on macro-spatial conceptions of the world: global, international, planetary, and their implications for studying specific research sites.

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 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 12:18am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 11:55am - 1:45pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024