This course aims at providing the student with theoretical tools necessary for understanding postcolonial transformations in today’s world, especially the global South. With globalisation, the decline of Fordist capitalism and the integration of multiculturalism in the official credo, it is no longer possible to account for the world we inhabit by invoking the Postcolonial critique of colonialism and empire. The rise of China, India and Brazil as global players, the strategic importance of Japan and the oil producing countries of the Middle East, the rise of global terrorism, “Arab Spring,” climate change and the development global governance and civil society, these are all symptoms of a tectonic shift in global geopolitics.
A key component of this course is understanding and analysing the development of the supranational institutions like the UN, the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO and examining a range of new agendas, namely, Global Civil Society, Human Rights, Non-Governmental Organisations, Sovereignty, New Social Movements, Property Rights, Commons, Biopower etc. The course also has an interventionist agenda and, in that connection, policy studies become a core component. Students are initiated to explore policy agendas relating to development, health, poverty, social capital etc. Practical policy documents relating to developmental and humanitarian agendas are explored in their contextual details. The works of Amartya Sen, Vandana Shiva, Arturo Escobar and others are studied and critiqued while discussing Alterglobalisation, grassroots activism and the World Social Forum. Globalisation has also seen to a remapping of the cultural and artistic fields resulting in the culture of spectacular biennales. Museum and collections have become major tools for disciplining populations. The emergence of branding and the development of the global culture industries are about to change the way we experience culture, consumption, commodity, politics and self. Media, both old and new, are fast changing the way we experience our being-in-world. In view of these, parts of the course would use cultural theory to make sense of these new developments.
Giorgio Agamben, State of Exception, 2005.
Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, 1995.
Nicolas Bourriaud, The Radicant, 2010.
Partha Chatterjee, The Politics of the Governed, 2004.
Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato, Civil Society and Political Theory, 1994.
Melinda Cooper, Life as Surplus, 2008.
Faisal Devji, Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity, 2005.
Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development, 1995.
Michel Feher (ed), Nongovernmental Politics, MIT Press, 2007.
Andrea Fumagalli and Sandro Mazzadra, Crisis in the Global Economy, 2010.
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, 2005.
Yasheng Huang, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, 2008.
Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace, 1795.
Lamia Karim, Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh, 2011.
Scott Lash and Celia Lury, Global Culture Industry, 2007.
Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt, Empire, 2000.
K. S. Rajan, Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life, 2006.
Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom, 2001.
Vandana Shiva, Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water and Life Forms, 2005.
Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics II, 2012.
Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and its Discontents, 2003.
Taught by Dr Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay
Lectures: Tuesday 11am-1pm. Seminar: Tuesday 2-3pm