Theories of Traditionality and Modernity

Course Number: 
C262A
Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Location: 
Kroeber 221
Instructor: 
Charles Briggs
Units: 
4
Time: 
We 12:00PM - 1:59PM
CCN: 
12538
This seminar explores the emergence of notions of tradition and modernity and their reproduction in Eurocentric epistemologies and political formations. It uses work by such authors as Anderson, Butler, Chakrabarty, Clifford, Derrida, Foucault, Latour, Mignolo, Pateman, and Poovey to critically reread foundational works published between the 17th century and the present--along with philosophical texts with which they are in dialogue--in terms of how they are imbricated within and help produce traditionalities and modernities.