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This seminar exposes students to tools for thinking critically about life and politics by introducing them first, to important texts in postcolonial studies, and second, to debates about development and its current criticisms.
This course proposes to look at various Latin American texts through an unconventional lens: that of dissent. Partly inspired by French philosopher Jacques Rancière (2001), we will take as a premise the idea of dissent not simply as a moment of protest or resistance, nor of the collective plea for rights, but the moment when already given or accepted ways of living and institutional forms are unexpectedly modified by subjects not previously recognized as political. This course draws from diverse materials, ranging from political theory texts, Latin American literature, the literature on development, to the experiences of various social movements in the region.
As a Black lesbian woman, Audre Lorde denounced white feminism for being complicit with patriarchy by not acknowledging marginal women’s experiences as a source of strength and creativity. Inspired by the title and impetus of Lorde’s essay, this course seeks to ask what happens when we start seeing the world through unfamiliar, alternative, tools or sensibilities? What different pictures of critique—ones that don’t merely focus on replacing the master’s house with other strong edifices—are allowed to emerge? With these questions in mind, the main objective of this course is to expose us to alternative sensibilities and ways of thinking offered by voices that experience gender and sexuality beyond conventional Western norms and counter-norms.
This seminar exposes students to tools for thinking critically about life and politics by introducing them to contemporary debates in International Relations and Political Theory that have been proposed by authors from the Global South. Topics include, but are not limited to: development, postcolonial studies, environment, knowledge production, gender and sexuality.