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Contemporary Problems in Anthropology

This interdisciplinary course explores the politics of desire during turbulent times in the current global neoliberal economic onslaught, witnessed by the proliferation of politics and protestations in various places that promise change in contexts that resist it. Taking "desire" as an open conceptual domain that brings together the affective and the (ir)rational, the philosophical and the psychological, the personal and the public, the present and the future, or in Reinhard Kosseleck’s grim but still felicitous phrase, their desires are now futures past.” The course will explore the construction of human conditions of what people want, what they imagine as beneficial, and what they strive for through the fields of politics, economy, and the philosophical. We will analyze the politics of desire as manufactured by the state and transnational institutions; and the politics of desire as mediated through quotidian expressions and other grass root social movements represented or unrepresented in the public sphere. A major concern of this course is the relationship among political power, the production of subject(ivities), and the potential horizons of imaginative futures, if any.

ANTHROP 702

Contemporary Problems in Anthropology

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

This interdisciplinary course explores the politics of desire during turbulent times in the current global neoliberal economic onslaught, witnessed by the proliferation of politics and protestations in various places that promise change in contexts that resist it. Taking "desire" as an open conceptual domain that brings together the affective and the (ir)rational, the philosophical and the psychological, the personal and the public, the present and the future, or in Reinhard Kosseleck’s grim but still felicitous phrase, their desires are now futures past.” The course will explore the construction of human conditions of what people want, what they imagine as beneficial, and what they strive for through the fields of politics, economy, and the philosophical. We will analyze the politics of desire as manufactured by the state and transnational institutions; and the politics of desire as mediated through quotidian expressions and other grass root social movements represented or unrepresented in the public sphere. A major concern of this course is the relationship among political power, the production of subject(ivities), and the potential horizons of imaginative futures, if any.


Kee Yong

Associate Professor