The Power of Social Imaginaries: Making Sense of the Political Today

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

The Power of Social Imaginarie

Summer 2021

Taught By: Elzbieta Matynia

Section: A

CRN: 2709

Credits: 3

"In this seminar, we will explore the complex relationships between democracy and social justice in the shadows of the Covid 19 pandemic. Our deliberations will be guided by explorations of a distinctive form of public sociology as it has been practiced in “The Democracy Seminar,” a special project of the New School for Social Research, formed in 1985 and recently revived in response to the ascendance of new authoritarian threats. The original Democracy Seminar was initiated with a reading of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism in clandestine meetings in Central Europe and open meetings in New York. In this course, we will also start with another Arendt classic, her On Revolution, and related essays, in which she maintains that there is a fundamental tension between the pursuit of social justice and the constitution of a democratic polity. Her position, and our critical examination of it, will then be applied to consider such urgent challenges as the new authoritarianisms, sexism and gender inequality, new media regimes and practices, market and religious fundamentalisms, and societal polarization. The seminar has two distinct, but related, goals: studying the relationships between democracy and social justice, as they are experienced today, and examining and contributing to the public sociology of the Democracy Seminar. We will both draw upon the history and ongoing work of this seminar, and in our discussions and class papers, seek to contribute to its ongoing activities."

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: July 6, 2021 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 15, 2021 (Thursday)

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: 12:45pm 10/17/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Times: 9:00am - 10:30am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 7/6/2021 - 7/19/2021