Field Seminar in Global Politics and International Relations

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Majors Only
Field Seminar Global Politics
Spring 2024
Taught By: Quentin Bruneau
Section: A

CRN: 14660

Credits: 3

The field seminar in Global Politics aims to expose students to a variety of ways in which the global domain of politics has been envisaged, where “the global” is understood as a historical and contested term. We will be concerned with the analytical and political dimensions of attempts to signal a domain of politics distinct from “the domestic” via different frames: the international, the transnational, the global, the planetary, the assemblage and so on. We will also be concerned with questions of scale, order, power and ethics implied by different frames. How and why have particular frames become dominant at particular times? What contexts do they emerge from? What are their ontological, epistemological and methodological implications? What debates have ensued around the assumptions and limitations of particular frames? The seminar contextualizes the “international” frame that has historically shaped the discipline of International Relations within a wider field of intellectual, geopolitical, ecological, and social dynamics that form the background to the constitution of the global, as one contending frame for politics amongst others. The seminar is designed to enable students to approach specific research topics with critical awareness of the spatial and temporal frames through which they are conceived, and to consider how contending frames may reveal or obscure different elements of the empirical contexts, analytical avenues, and political possibilities in play. We will read a selection of historical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary texts in which contending frames manifest (implicitly or explicitly) and reflect upon their implications for enduring political questions of power, sovereignty, governance, economy, subjectivity, and colonialism. The seminar aims to equip students with the conceptual and theoretical grounding from which to design research that critically engages questions of the global and the political.

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: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

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: 4:14pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 704
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024