Theories of Traditionality/Modernity

Course Number: 
C262B
Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2017
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Ronelle Alexander, John Lindow
Units: 
4
Time: 
Th 3 - 6 pm

Spring 2017
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.