Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2018

Taught By: Dejan Lukic

Section: A

CRN: 7036

Credits: 3

Can we think of politics as “cosmic” rather than national or international? Where do cosmos and politics cross paths? Is the link between the two natural and inherent, or constructed and invented? In traditional political philosophy cosmos is taken for granted and identified with nature. However, there is a line of thinking that posits unity of cosmos with a peculiar kind of planetary politics (or relations). We will explore this obscure line that passes through a range of disciplines in order to address topics of central concern to global studies such as tolerance, nature, plurality, security. In each class session we will focus on a concrete detail of cosmos-politics and illustrate it through texts and images. Our goal is to unravel the point where cosmos and politics converge. To this end we will delve into provocative work of anthropologist Viveiros de Castro, philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, artist Tomas Saraceno, psychologist William James, legal scholar Carl Schmitt, sociologist Gabriel Tarde and many others. After close analysis of these authors we will construct our own proposal for a cosmo-politics, one that corresponds to global predicaments of the twenty-first century. Students will be required to provide three short reading or image responses throughout the semester and one final research paper of ten pages.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 9:11am 2/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 903

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018