ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 002 The Politics and Poetics of Security: Post-Socialist States, Integration, and the Limits of Europe
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior & above/permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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After eighteen years dismantling centralized state structures, planned economies, and their attendant visions of security in Eastern Europe, the range of cultural practices and modes of power organized around problems of security have not diminished. Instead, questions of security after the Cold War have taken on new significance, expanding to address realms of everyday life in ways that unsettle geographic imaginaries, challenge the analytic purchase of local-global distinctions, and complicate metaphors of decentralized power, authority and governance. In recent years, the inclusion of post-socialist states in the European Union poses new questions of security, whether for old members, recent arrivals, or those who find themselves beyond the edge of Europe’s newly refashioned shores. Drawing on selected case studies, this course approaches a series of recurring theoretical and topical questions that invite interdisciplinary reflection:

  • Is security a Eurocentric or somehow distinctly “Western” concept?
  • How do visions of security contribute to conflicting narratives of modernity, development, imperialism or sovereignty, through which “Eastern Europe” is historically constituted?
  • Are particular conceptions of time and space, or ways of life, invoked, defended, or excluded in appeals to security?
  • What sorts of objects, technologies, knowledge producing practices, political selves or collectivities, are conjured in relation to discursive forms of security?
  • And what forms of critique may emerge to counter impoverished conceptions of political possibilities often left in security’s wake?

ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: (Meets with Womenstd 428 & RCSSCI 428)
002 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: (Meets with REES 405.001)
003 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: (Meets with Asian 480.004 & History 498.001)
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