The Theory and Politics of Councils: Past and Present

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Theory & Politics of Councils

Spring 2020

Taught By: Carlos Forment

Section: A

CRN: 7146

Credits: 3

This seminar examines the political theory, institutional characteristics, and the socio-historical experiences related to councils (associations, communes, assemblies, federations, etc.) in order to understand the changing forms and alternative practices that democratic self-rule and self-representation has taken across the Global North and Global South. In addition to studying several theoretical texts pertaining to councils (i.e. Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Marx, Lenin, Gramsci, Anton Pannekoek, Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis, Hardt and Negri, Judith Butler), we will analyze a variety of socio-historical experiences that are emblematic of each, including the Paris Commune; Soviets in Russia, Germany and Hungary; Maoist communes; Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre; Zapatista-held areas in Southern Mexico; Neighborhood Assemblies in Buenos Aires and several other recent and contemporary examples.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

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: 10:55pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 910

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020