The Imperial Origins of Humanitarianism and Development

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Humanitarianism & Development
Fall 2024
Taught By: Emma Park
Section: A

CRN: 17220

Credits: 4

While the categories “humanitarianism” and “development” retain the veneer of altruism, they are not understandable outside of histories of capitalism, empire, and what W.E.B. Du Bois referred to as the global “color line.” This course offers students a longer genealogy of the relationship between transformations in humanitarianism and developmentalist thinking in the so-called global south that is premised on this argument. We will explore topics such as: the relationship between capitalism, imperial expansion, and the production of racial difference; the French and Haitian Revolutions and the limits of “universalist” claims; abolitionism and colonization in Africa; labor agitation and emergent ideas surrounding “social welfare”; and neoliberal reforms and the rise of predatory inclusion.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (HIS)

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

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

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: 2:00am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024