Section Description Provided by Instructor
This seminar will focus, each year, on a different set of topics at the heart of contemporary critical thought in law, politics, and social inquiry. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the seminar focused on Michel Foucault's Collège de France lectures and produced the Foucault 13/13 series. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the seminar focused on critical readings of Friedrich Nietzsche and produced the Nietzsche 13/13 series. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the seminar will focus on modalities of uprisings and also convene a seminar series called Uprising 13/13. The upcoming seminar will examine uprisings, revolts, revolutions, and other forms of contestation, to see how specific experiences and discourses articulate new forms of resistance or reformulate other well known ones.
The graduate student seminar will be structured to frame a series of 13 formal seminars at which two or three guests, from different disciplines, will be invited to discuss the readings and present on the themes of the seminar. Each formal seminar will host specialists from across the disciplines, from Columbia University and from outside campus. It will also frame and interrelate with a Paris Reading Group that will run alongside the seminar. The graduate student seminar thus will serve as the vehicle to enrich the formal 13/13 seminars and support the intellectual apparatus that will accompany those formal seminars. It will also prepare entries for the blog of the formal seminars, host the scholars invited to participate in the formal seminars, and prepare questions and comments for the formal seminars. This seminar will function as an advanced graduate research seminar.
View syllabus here.
R 6:00-9:00 pm
GRAX Greene Annex Lounge
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (upon consultation), Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
Year-long seminar. Students will need to sign up for the full year to receive the 3-credits. Admission will require a paragraph statement of interest and instructor consent.
Learning Outcome Goals
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in reading theoretical texts and interdisciplinary research
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in addressing legal issues from the vantage point of political and social theory, humanistic studies, and the social sciences
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in critically thinking about justice
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in formulating ways to relate the study of law to practical engagements in pursuit of more just societies