Course Level: Graduate
Course Description: This course challenges graduate students from across the disciplines to develop advanced conceptual tools for considering the dynamic and often fraught relationship between critical theory and ‘Asia’. With an initial regional focus on South Asia and Japan, we will make an in-depth examination of selected themes in contemporary critical theory, bringing them to bear on past and current problems in modern and pre-modern Asia. For the Winter 2019 semester the overarching theme is “Bio-Politics,” which we will examine through a focused study of themes such as secularity, religion and violence, and sovereignty and citizenship. One of the central aims of this course is to teach students not only how to relate theoretical concepts to ‘Asia’ per se, but to alter the nature of theoretical questions and concepts through interaction with ideas, and contexts in Asia.