Race, (Re)memory,Justice

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Fall 2023
Taught By: Romy Opperman
Section: A

CRN: 15683

Credits: 4

In this seminar, we will ask: What do we owe to the dead? How can we understand their moral and metaphysical standing? What do the dead have to do with living a good life? We will study a range of approaches to “ghostly matters” of haunting and ways of being with the dead. Our aim is to use these approaches to understand historical and ongoing oppression and violence - with particular emphasis on the realities and impacts of race, racism, and colonialism - and to explore the implications of hauntology and what Toni Morrison calls “rememory” for the meaning of justice. Course material will include - Avery Gordon Ghostly Matters, Jacques Derrida Specters of Marx, Toni Morrison Beloved, Christina Sharpe In the Wake, Dionne Brand A Map to the Door of No Return, Hans Ruin Being-with-the-dead, M. Jacqui Alexander Pedagogies of Crossing, M. Nourbese Philip Zong!, and work by Karen Barad, Matthias Fritsch, Eve Tuck, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Anna Tsing, Ian Baucom, Subcommandante Marcos, Arundhati Roy, and the Black Audio Film Collective.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (PHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

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: 7:00am EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 906
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023