Critical Histories of the Past and Present

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Critical Hist of Past&Present

Spring 2021

Taught By: Carlos Forment

Section: A

CRN: 8812

Credits: 3

Critical Histories of the Past and Present explores the theoretical foundations and political manifestations of radical democratic and anticolonial traditions. The program focuses on various struggles of peripheral peoples, past and present, in countries of the central core and peripheral fringe. The aim is to make sense of the changing meanings and practices of plebeian forms of dissent, resistance, and self-rule that have surfaced in the modern and contemporary world.   Students from all disciplines will learn to critically examine the dominant socio-institutional structures, power relations, and regimes of knowledge and how plebeian groups reformulate, subvert, and generate emancipatory and heterodox alternatives. Class and seminar discussions will combine theoretical and empirical readings to highlight the continuities and discontinuities that are constitutive of the radical democratic and anti-colonial traditions. This will be accomplished by gaining familiarity with the writings of influential thinkers from core and peripheral countries, such as K. Marx and V. Zasulich; W.E.B. Dubois, A. Gramsci and J.C. Mariategui; H. Arendt, F. Fanon, and L. Ta Chao; Silvia Rivera Cusiqanqui, Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyèwùmí, and Maria Lugones; the Latin American Dependency and Indian Subaltern Schools among others. The readings will review some of the most significant past and current debates: uneven and combined development, the boomerang effect of colonialism, indigenous anti- imperialism, third-worldism, world-systems and unequal exchange, critical race theory, decolonial feminism, and heterodox democratic and council formations. Discussions will also examine recent ‘post-positivist’ approaches and alternative epistemologies to the human sciences that grant primacy and centrality to inter- subjectivity, interpretation, and performativity.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 10:50am 10/27/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021