ANTHR 4029

ANTHR 4029

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This course focuses on the "exterior" as a political problem in critical theory, architectural theory, and cultural anthropology. The texts we will examine and elaborate on a political distinction between a human "interior" of "culture" or "reason" and a non-human "exterior" made of "natural" processes that are indifferent to human life. We will examine theoretical critiques of the old political notion that the authority of rulers should be like that of architects: leaders are recognized by their capacity to build interior spaces that nourish human modes of living. We will consider a range of cases in which political projects designed to build all-encompassing interiors have exposed humans and non-humans alike to the possibility of outright destruction. In some cases, authorities are recognized as such due to their perceived capacity to expose themselves and their followers to the possibility of annihilation.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students.

Comments Co-meets with ANTHR 7029/SHUM 6629.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 7029SHUM 4629SHUM 6629

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16392ANTHR 4029  SEM 101