Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2021

Taught By: Eugene Thacker

Section: A

CRN: 9251

Credits: 3

This seminar will explore ideas of solitude and solitariness in a variety of manifestations, from ancient writings of religious ascetics to technologized forms of reclusion, from the desert monastics of ancient Egypt to the Parisian prowlers of fin-de-siecle Paris, from the sramana of pre-Vedic India to the urban shut-ins of modernity, from the self-abnegation of mystical philosophers to the lyrical dismantling of the self in the poetry of Romanticism, from philosophical misanthropy to biomedical "social distancing" – from hermits to hikikomori. We will draw mainly on perspectives from philosophy east and west, the history of religions, as well as literature, film, and other media, in order to better understand how solitude is deeply intertwined with our sense of being at once a part of the world and at the same time being apart from the world.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (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: 11:27pm 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1008

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/7/2021