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240515 SE Affect Theory: Approaching Power and Precarity in the Post-Industrial World (P4) (2016S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

ACHTUNG: geänderte Termine!

Donnerstag 03.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 17.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 07.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 21.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 11.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 19.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 09.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 23.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The sense of a post-industrial crisis is all-pervasive in many parts of the world, particularly in what was once called the '1st World' of North America and Europe. 'No hope' and 'no future' characterise this historical moment, but it still seems to be hard to talk about these fundamental changes. One field in which scholars have tried to tackle these changes most thoroughly is the literature on affect. Based on an introduction into theories on affect, this course will explore recent contributions by thinkers such as Kathleen Stewart, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Anne Allison in order to search for the impact current precarious work relations, a post-industrial loss of the future, and widespread existential insecurities have on human life worldwide. Their shared approach will help us to, firstly, re-embed affect in a broader political economy of precarity and abandonment. It will also, secondly, assist us in exploring how 'the political' and 'power' have been reconfigured in times of constant crisis, when planning seems impossible and expert knowledge loses authority. Indeed, what role do human bodies, needs and affects play when negotiating change and political belonging, how has the human subject been reconstituted in the 21st century, and how is the discipline of anthropology to respond to this?
Students will gain in-depth insights into recent anthropological debates on precarity as well as on affect and its politics, including literatures on the body, citizenship and ethics. By working through a variety of ethnographic studies and more theoretically inclined papers, they will further develop their analytical abilities and theoretical understandings of core and topical anthropological problems. Overall, the course asks them to create their own critical perspectives on the failures and possibilities of politics in the post-Cold War, post-industrial era.
Seminars with group presentations and discussions. All seminar literature will be provided via moodle. Students will be assisted in their analysis, interpretation and discussion of the requested reading.

With this course, students will familiarise with one particular school of thought, which will strengthen their broader theoretical, analytical and methodological skills and insights. It is hoped that students can use their acquired knowledge for their future academic work.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Reading and course attendance (max. absence: one session); seminar presentation (20%), participation and pre-seminar comments (10%); final paper (3000-5000 word essay, 70%)



To be announced at introductory session.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:40