- ALL COURSES ARE RESTRICTED AND REQUIRE AN ACCESS CODE TO REGISTER.
- If you are NOT an SCA graduate student, but wish to enroll in a course, you must FIRST contact the professor requesting permission to enroll and then the graduate program coordinator: Rosa Báez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SCA graduate courses (unless otherwise noted) are located at 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor.
AMST-GA 2100.001 - Ecologies of Violence: Readings in Feminist and Postcolonial Science Studies
Prof. Thuy Tu
Mondays 12:30PM-3:15 PM
20 Cooper Sq - Rm 485 SEM
This seminar examines the embodied and environmental consequences of violent conflicts by considering these as chemical, biological, climatic, as well as social and political processes. How does recognizing the transformative force of war, colonialism, militarism and other conflicts–their role in changing bodies, habitats, societies, cultures and ecosystems–alter the way we understand climate change? Reading texts from various traditions of feminist and postcolonial science studies, we will explore multiple approaches to understanding violence and its environmental afterlife, asking such questions as: How does territorial destruction produce new bodies and new nature? How does nuclearism shape ideas of humanity and habitability; technology and toxicity; matter and embodiment? How does surveillance and other technologies remake bodies and borders? How have people in conflict zones lived with altered landscapes and imagined planetary futures?
AMST-GA 2102.001 - Foucault and Deleuze
Prof. Ann Pellegrini & Prof. André Lepecki
Performance Studies - 721 Broadway Rm 613
(Instructor permission required to enroll. Contact email@example.com with a brief statement of intent.)
Michel Foucault once famously wrote: “Perhaps one day this century will be known as Deleuzian.” Gilles Deleuze’s admiration for Foucault is well known, and he famously read aloud a passage from Foucault’s The Use of Pleasure – his voice cracking - to an assembled crowd of mourners outside the hospital where Foucault had died a few days earlier, in June 1984. "What is philosophy today," Deleuze read, quoting his friend, "if it does not...consist of an attempt to know how and to what extent it is possible to think differently?" Forty years later, Foucault and Deleuze continue to offer provocative and generative openings for thought, politics, and life. In this course we will take up this legacy and investigate ways in which the “practical philosophy” of Gilles Deleuze intersects with the “genealogical/archeological” critique of power, knowledge, and the politics of truth advanced by Michel Foucault. We will proceed always with an eye towards issues and topics pertaining to questions of performance and its social relations. Keywords will include: representation, body, arrangement, conduct, archive, action, performativity, biopolitics, to mention a few. The course will be structured around close readings of some central (and some ex-centric) texts by the two authors. Just as the lives of Deleuze and Foucault intersected along lines of personal friendship and intellectual complicity, they eventually went different ways along lines of political discomfort and philosophical disagreement. Perhaps a re-reading of their oeuvre today, when “fascist life” emerges without any masks, would allow for a critical, political, clinical and aesthetic re-suturing of their severance.
AMST-GA 2302.001 - NYLON New York: Culture, Politics, Technology
Prof. Caitlin Zaloom & Prof. Sophie Gonick
20 Cooper Sq, 2nd Floor - Rm 222
(Contact the instructors for enrollment)
NYLON (New York: LONdon) is a year-long workshop series developing research related to culture, politics, and technology. NYLON connects doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in New York, London, and Berlin with faculty support and participation. Our New York workshop will meet every other week to develop and discuss ongoing projects related to our theme. In the spring, the New York, London, and Berlin groups will join to hold a conference—likely in Berlin in Spring 2024—where participants will present their work.
Our theme is expansive: we welcome students working on a wide range of topics including AI and inequality, social media and misinformation, the circulation and uses of political rhetoric and rallies, infrastructural worlds, social movements and media, histories of technology and innovation, cultures of surveillance, and urban space, both virtual and real. NYLON participants will engage with others in a range of fields, including American studies, anthropology, business, history, media studies, politics, psychology, science and technology studies, sociology, and technology design. Our group will also cross cohorts, bringing together doctoral candidates writing theses, doctoral students developing projects related to the theme, and post-doctoral fellows advancing their written work.
We value the creation of a space for critical feedback. It is our goal to provide all participants the opportunity to discuss and evaluate dissertation chapters, journal article drafts, research designs, presentations, and more, across institutional, methodological, and disciplinary boundaries. By promoting broad-based intellectual exchanges, NYLON is a forum where new insights and theory can be developed, and where early-career researchers can refine their questions and approaches.
AMST-GA 2305.001 - Feminist/Queer Theories: Aesthetics, Desire, Embodiment
Prof. Gayatri Gopinath
20 Cooper Sq - Room 485 SEM
This seminar examines the relationship between art, politics, and power by focusing specifically on queer aesthetic practices. We explore a range of contemporary visual art and lens-based practices, performance, and multimedia works, alongside critical essays. We consider the following questions: What constitutes queer aesthetics? How do queer aesthetic practices challenge traditional notions of the aesthetic and the political? How do these practices suggest alternatives to a past and present marked by the ongoing legacies of slavery, settler colonialism, and empire? How are queer desire and embodiment central to these alternative imaginings? We will focus specifically on the ways in which queer aesthetic forms and practices allow us to rethink four key thematics: 1) archives, memory, memorialization; 2) space, place, cartographies; 3) time, temporalities, futurity, and 4) the boundaries of the “human.” We will use the vast resources we have access to in NYC to go on field trips to museums, performance venues, and galleries, and meet with curators, artists, and scholars.
AMST-GA 2306.001 - Dissertation Proposal Writing
Prof. Lisa Duggan
20 Cooper Sq - Rm 403
(Requirement for 3rd Year PhD Students)
The Dissertation Proposal Writing seminar is a workshop, designed for students who have completed their field exams. The object of the workshop is to complete a dissertation proposal. The practicum involves study of previous proposals and dialogue about written drafts.
AMST-GA 2900.001 - Finance, Race, and Gender in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Prof. Jennifer Morgan
20 Cooper Sq - Rm 471 CONF
In recent years, a host of new scholarship exploring the relationship between slavery and capitalism has emerged. How might this new canon be reconfigured by a thorough consideration of race and gender in tandem with histories of fungibility and value? Interrogating early Modern notions of finance by asking how they intersected with, shaped, and were shaped by categories of race and gender will garner new understandings of these interrelated processes. Late medieval and early modern modes of accounting cohered around notions of enslavability, and the hereditary mark of race became embedded in how gender produced categories of freedom and slavery—all of which are crucial to the study of economy and race in the Atlantic world. This seminar will explore those intersections between histories of race, gender, and finance that culminate in early modern Atlantic slavery. We will treat the Atlantic world as the dynamic space that it was, attempting to balance engagement across continents and empires though what will primarily come into focus will be the English Atlantic world. . While this is a History course, and the vast majority of the scholars we will engage this semester are Historians, my presumption is that many students in the room will come from other disciplines. Our conversations around the seminar table do not depend on deep historiographical knowledge, though they will be supported by such, rather they depend upon careful reading of the text and engagement with its core organizing principals.
AMST-GA 3213.001 & AFRS-GA 2901.001 - Writing Commentary on Campaign 2024
Prof. David Dent
20 Cooper Sq, 7th Floor - Rm 700
This course will explore the Presidential Primaries of Campaign 2024 through a series of assignments that compel students to engage and analyze the impact of the “American Extremes” and/or the portraits of polarization on contemporary electoral politics. Students will dive into debates and discourse that emerge from the contemporary partisan landscape. However, the journey through what some might call “American Political Theater” will not be restricted to the norms of the Two-Party system. Students will consider elements of the tumultuous road to the White House beyond Biden and Trumpism, as the country witnesses the Quixotic campaigns of the likes of Cornel West and the limitations and/or promise of such movements. One assignment will be based on a class field trip to a swing county. Students will also read classic pieces of campaign reporting and look at the socioeconomic motivations of the electorate through the prism of works that inadvertently seize the contemporary contexts that shape the perspectives of voters: Poverty by America, Desmond; The Narcissistic Epidemic, Living in the Age of Entitlement, Twenge and Campbell. The final piece will be a piece of longform reporting or commentary or an essay analyzing an aspect of the coverage of the campaign season.
AMST-GA 3303.001 & AMST-GA 3310.001 - Strategies for Social and Cultural Analysis & SCA Pro Seminar: The Art of Research
Prof. Sophie Gonick
20 Cooper Sq - Rm 485 SEM
(Requirement for 1st year MA Africana and SCA students)
What is research? What kinds of methods might we employ critically to interrogate emergent social and cultural questions? How do academics move from research to writing? How do we elaborate an argument? These questions will animate the course, which is designed to teach Masters-level students to the tools and techniques of sustained and self-directed research. Through in-class discussions, guest lectures, readings, and assignments, students will gain an understanding of the kinds of methods currently deployed for social and cultural analysis.
POL-GA 2356.001 & AMST-GA 3701.001 - State, Law, and Politics in Society
Prof. Christine B. Harrington & Prof. Kimberly Johnson
19 West 4th Street, Rm 435
This seminar focuses on the ideas, interests, and institutions that shape American political and legal development (APD). APD scholarship centers on asking questions about how institutions form and on identifying factors impacting state transformation. APD’s emphasis on treating conditions as if they are in constant transition (with politics never in equilibrium) sets its research apart from other political science scholarly undertakings.
We turn to the literature on APD to ground and analyze state theory and law questions. Specifically, we work through historical and comparative studies of law and state formation and development, scholarship on the institutional autonomy of the legal profession, administrative agencies, and the judiciary, and research on the mobilization of law by social movements. In all these areas, we examine the political economy of law, its jurisprudential tendencies, trends, and regimes.
Selected policy areas (e.g., social welfare, civil rights, policing, and gender equality) are sites for examining institutional design, state capacity, substantive change, and the role of law in state formation. Within these sites, we study a range of APD methodological approaches (e.g., causal inference, historical narrative, path dependency, policy feedback, and policy drift).
PUBHM-GA 1101.001 & AMST-GA 2901.001 - Topics: How to be a Critic
Prof. Caitlin Zaloom & Prof. Jennifer Homans
GCASL, Rm 365
(Public Humanities Course)
Course description pending.
Public Humanities Initiative in Graduate Education
The Advanced Certificate in Public Humanities explores public engagement as a cornerstone in the careers of scholars, researchers, and teachers. In addition to opportunities for cross-disciplinary thought and collaboration, students meet and learn from practitioners, setting the groundwork for a diverse array of post-graduate careers.
The Advanced Certificate in Management and Leadership of Public Service Organizations prepares students to apply their humanistic training in public-facing careers. Courses offered by the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service complement a foundation in Public Humanities by the management and leadership skills in demand at wide-ranging public enterprises including museums, cultural organizations and non-profits.
For a comprehensive overview and a coursework checklist for both certificates, view the Public Humanities Advanced Certificate One Sheet.