Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This tutorial will provide students with the opportunity for a theoretically-sophisticated examination of selected scholarly works on nationalism and colonialism.  With analyses of state formation and the politics of culture as a springboard the course will examine the major trends in theoretical as well as both ethnographic and historical work in this field.   The course will seek to capture the complex strains of cultural political analysis with attention to a wide array of authors such as Antonio Gramsci, Benedict Anderson, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, William Roseberry, and Julia Kristeva, to name a few.  Class members will read in depth about and seek to problematize concepts such as “hegemony”, “nationalism” and “postcoloniality”.  Major emphasis will be placed on the interface between theoretical flows and efforts to engage in research projects “on the ground.”  Students will read extensively and participate in collective explorations/discussions of the texts while individually also developing some specific area(s) of knowledge.  Evaluation will be based on participation and leadership of discussion and two projects.


Permission of instructor.

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