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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GANT 6614
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
In recent years, critical scholars from a number of sub-disciplines—including anthropology, economic sociology, and science and technology studies—have re-engaged with old questions concerning the relationship between politics and technical expertise. This course will examine the work of some of the leading exponents of this new interest in “technopolitics,” such as Timothy Mitchell, Gabriella Hecht, Paul Edwards, Michel Callon, and Andrew Barry. It will also examine classical texts on these topics by Max Weber, Michel Foucault, and others. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between these discussions of technopolitics and the question of critique. What kinds of critical relationships to politics and expertise have been imagined in the “technopolitics” literature? And what alternative critical relationships might be imagined?
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to Graduate students.