After this course you will be able to:
- critically reflect on the state of the art in "critical race theory and critical philosophy of race";
- identify positions and counter-positions in present-day debates;
- apply the academic discussions to "current affairs" in the field of race, racialisation and racism.
Critical Race Theory Today
The aim of this class is to introduce students to the field of critical philosophy of race focusing specifically on the social and political aspects (we will very briefly review the other aspects i.e., metaphysical, epistemology, etc in the first class- in order to see how questions such as: What is "race"? Is it a valid biological category? Is it a religious category? What is the relationship between racial categories, racialization, and the persistence of racism? Is race central to one's subjectivity, or sense of self? are relevant to the more social/political aspects of this topic). We will also focus on the realtionship between the soveriegn nation-state and racism.
The idea of this seminar is threefold. In a first few meetings, we will assess the current state of "critical race theory" . Students are expected to articulate, in the form of a short paper [graded, 25%] their own position and to choose, on the basis of this overview, another, recent monograph or edited volume within "critical race theory". In a second step (3 or 4 meetings), the chosen monographs / edited volumes will be presented and discussed, so as to create a common ground for taking the next step; students are expected to write a concise summentary (fusion of summary and commentary) about this monograph / edited volume [graded, 25%]. In the next, third step (2 or 3 meetings), participants will take position in the debate and defend their position against objections by the other participants (the instructor included). In a final, fourth step, participants will present the outline of their final paper, which they will then finish independently [graded, 50%].
|Any research master student. Any student doing a different master should contact the instructor first.||Aanbevolen materiaal|
|Hannaford, Ivan. Race: The History of an Idea in the West. Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1996.|
|Mills, Charles W. The Racial Contract. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997.|
|Relevant secondary literature where applicable.|
|Goldberg, David Theo. The Racial State. Wiley, 2002.
Goldberg, David Theo. The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism. 1 edition. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.|
|Gelegenheden||Blok TENT2, Blok TENT3|