Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Social Theory related graduate courses


ST 500/ENG 660: Theories of Modernity (Introduction to Social Theory)

Thursdays 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Gaines Center

Dr. Peter Kalliney

email: pjkall2@uky.edu

Course Description

What is modernity, and when is modernity?  How have theorists from the social scientific and humanistic traditions defined the prevailing conditions of the modern world?  We will examine these questions from a variety of perspectives.  Enlightenment philosophers (including Kant and Marx) and critics of Enlightenment thinking (such as Nietzsche, Carlyle, and Freud) will help frame our discussions for the semester.  More recent theorists have described the condition of modernity as a manner of distributing power (Foucault), as a tool for understanding knowledge production (Giddens), as a system of organizing productive labor (Berman), as a particular way of imagining gender difference (Felski), and as a struggle between state violence and permanent revolution (Arendt).  What can debates about modernity contribute to a training in social theory today?

ST 610, disClosure Editorial Collective

Meeting times and location: TBD.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Srimiti Basu

Course Description:

Required to complete the Social Theory Graduate Certificate, this course offers professional editorial and research experience. Students will work with the disClosure co-editors on the next edition of the journal. The theme is "Justice," and will feature interviews with the ST 600 lecturers from the Spring 2016 Lecture Series. Students will create the journal's CFP and will read and edit scholarly and creative submissions. The final version of the journal will be released during Spring 2017 semester on the digital platform located at http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/

ANT 770-001: Topical Seminar: Anthropology and Political Economy

Thursdays 3:00-5:30 at Lafferty Hall, Room 104

 Dr. Carmen Martínez Novo.

Email: carmen.martinez@uky.edu

Course Description:

In this class we will explore anthropological writings on capitalism, neoliberalism, and post-neoliberalism, production and consumption, and will work on how to apply these political economy concepts to our field based research projects. We will locate the political economy current within critical approaches starting in the 1970s. Then, we will examine classic authors that combined history and political economy to understand the uneven geographic expansion of capitalism. We will continue with anthropological interpretations as well as ethnographies of neo-liberalism. The following section will explore recent debates on whether some areas of the world have transitioned towards post-neoliberalism, particularly Latin American countries that have turned towards the left. These countries have reversed some neoliberal policies, have strengthened states, increased redistribution, and challenged neo-liberal labor practices. However, authoritarian tendencies and a focus on extraction of non-renewable resources remain challenges for the wellbeing of these countries’ populations. Finally, we will read a monograph that applies the theoretical approach of the political economy school of anthropology to a field site. The class will have a stronger focus on the Latin American region, but other areas of the world will also be considered.

GEO 715 Geography and Social Theory: Feminist Geographies

Thursday 2:00-4:30pm, Patterson Office Tower 145

Dr. Patricia Ehrkamp

email: p.ehrkamp@uky.edu

Course Description:

Feminist geographers have contributed significantly to the ways we understand the contemporary world and its various spaces. We will consider how (political) subjectivities emerge across spaces of everyday life, across borders, and in the intersections of for example, race, class, sexuality, and space. The bulk of the seminar will focus on feminist conceptualizations of the spaces of (geo)politics, highlighting how space and (geo)politics intersect, in homes, in spaces of healthcare provision, and in public space (to mention but a few). The seminar especially asks how a feminist analytical lens allows for theorizing politics through spaces that are not necessarily obviously political. Readings will focus on recent work in feminist geography and feminist theory.

GWS 595-Section 2: Issues in Gender and Women’s Studies—Politics of Body

Monday and Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 pm in Barker Hall, Rm 306

Dr. Charlie Yi Zhang

email: charlie.zhang@uky.edu

Course Description:

Body has been at the center of debates in gender, women, and sexuality studies. Body also serves as a crucial anchor for feminist/queer politics and imagining of an alternative world. Building on the rich scholarship of feminist and queer analysis of the exertion of power through body, life, affect, biology, and biotechnology, in this seminar we ask the following questions: What bodies are deemed capable of being livable, productive, why and how? How do capital and biopolitics intersect with each other? How are bodies gendered, racialized, sexualized, and classed in biopolitical systems? How do global economies work through gendered, racialized, sexualized, and classed bodies? How do neoliberal ideas about individual sovereignty and freedom converge/collide with national and global legal structures that influence our perceptions of tissue, blood, bones, organs and cell lines? How do concepts of nation, border, and sovereignty animate the lives and deaths of populations—human, animal, and posthuman? How do non-human bodies meet and interact with human bodies to affect our co-existence? The seminar is interdisciplinary: we will read feminist theory, queer studies, philosophy, cultural studies, critical race theory, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, affect studies, critical animal studies, science and technology studies, political science, and political economies.

GWS 700-001 Seminar in GWS:  Gendering Science

Monday 2:00-4:30pm.

Instructor:  Dr. Melissa Stein

email: melissa.stein@uky.edu

Course Description

Who does science and how does that shape the knowledge that is produced? What does gender have to do with it? And, as the title of one course reading queries, has feminism changed science? These are among the central questions of this course, which provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of feminist science studies. Course themes also include: scientific ideas about gender and sex difference across time and space; ecofeminist analysis; the role of human gender ideology in scientific understandings of animals and the natural world; gender, race, and technology; feminist critiques of "objectivity" and contributions to scientific ethics; and women and people of color as, in turn, objects of scientific study and themselves producers of science.

HIS 650, "Gender and Warfare"

Thursdays 3:30-6:00, POT 1745

Dr. Akiko Takenaka

email: a.takenaka@uky.edu

Course Description

This course examines the relationships between gender and various facets of warfare, including mass violence, reconciliation and restitution, and peace promotion. The course is divided into three units. The first unit will cover theoretical readings on relevant topics including: gender and history, gender and citizenship, gender and war/peace, and feminist analyses of international relations. In unit two we will examine case studies primarily from the two world wars but also from Vietnam, Yugoslav-related Eastern European conflicts, and genocides and terrorism of the 20-21 C. Topics will include sexual violence as war crime, military prostitution, shifting gender roles in war and peace, gender and wartime grief, etc. The final unit comprises historical case studies. Each student will contribute one case study, which s/he will introduce to the class. We will collectively examine the case studies, using the theoretical and analytical tools we have acquired in the first two units. The case studies will encompass all temporal and geographical areas. Students are encouraged to choose a case study relevant to their own field of inquiry.

SOC 651: "Sociological Theory in Transition" (Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory)

Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. 1525 Patterson Office Tower

Professor Thomas Janoski

email: tjanos@uky.edu

Course Description

The bases of sociological theory lie in Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel. This course introduces their ideas and then focuses on how subsequent theorists and students in the seminar can solve some of each theorists’ problems or gaps (e.g., neglect of the micro- or macro-, gender, and race). As a result, the focus of the course is initially on learning theories, but then on each students’ abilities in ‘theorizing,’ that is, creating theory on their own within the bounds of each of the five theoretical traditions. The examples of improvements or re-castings of subsequent theorists include (1) Marx -- Theodore Adorno, Max Horkheimer, W.E.B. Dubois, Charlotte Gilman; (2) Durkheim – Robert Merton, Talcott Parsons, and Harriet Martineau, (3) Weber – Thorstein Veblen, Georg Gadamer, and Marianne Schnitzger; (4) Mead – Herbert Blumer, Erving Goffman, Jane Addams, and W.E.B. DuBois, and (5) Simmel – Peter Blau, Edward Sutherland, Karen Cook, and Richard Emerson. The course uses original readings up until 1960. This course is then followed by Contemporary Sociological Theory in the Spring (SOC 751).

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