Defending the Dead

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Defending the Dead
Fall 2024
Taught By: Romy Opperman
Section: AX

CRN: 17552

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 ethics or to living a good life? And how does the past remain present? We will study a range of approaches to what Avery Grodon calls “ghostly matters” of haunting, intergenerational relations, 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 racism, colonialism, and imperialism and to explore their implications for the meaning of justice. Course materials include works from: Toni Morrison, M. Nourbese Philip, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, Edward Said, Avery Gordon, Christina Sharpe, Judith Butler, M. Jacqui Alexander, Saidiya Hartman, Eve Tuck, Kyle Powys Whyte, Denise Ferreira da Silva, and Eyal Weizman. With films by Julie Dash, Mati Diop, 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 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 4:40am EDT 6/21/2024