The PhD in Cultural Mediations offers students a range of engaging research seminars with a strong interdisciplinary focus. These seminars are cross-listed and can be applied towards different graduate programs. Every few weeks, this page features a new graduate seminar offered in the forthcoming term. For a full course listing, please follow this link.
CLMD 6104 / ENGL 5900 / LAWS 5903 – ISSUES in CULTURAL POLITICS: LAW, MODERNITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Fridays 8:30 – 11:30 in Room 201D, St. Patrick’s Building
This course considers theorizations and aesthetic reconfigurations of repression and individual fulfillment under modernity. Vectors of repression to be considered may include institutions, race, gender, technology, and industrial and post-industrial capitalism. Drawing on a diverse corpus of materials, including film, literature, and critical theory (Frankfurt School), our methodological approach will be comparative, contextual, and interdisciplinary.
Topics to be addressed may include: “Technology and Law as Modern Experience,” “Morality and Modernity,” “The Rule of Law and Anarchism,” and the “Anthropoence /Capitalocene.” We will read a diverse corpus of theoretical materials (Herbert Marcuse and Friedrich Nietzsche, among others); film screenings will include science-fiction (Bladerunner, Bladerunner 2049, and The Matrix Trilogy) as well as the Cohen Brothers’ A Serious Man; literary materials will include Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Road; music will include New Orleans jazz and Mississippi Delta Blues.
(Please note the cultural and theoretical materials we will be reading, watching and listening to will vary from year to year; the above examples are provided for illustrative purposes.)