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Academic Year/course: 2016/17

8058 - Master in Political Philosophy

32257 - Political Theory in the 21st Century


Teaching Guide Information

Academic Course:
2016/17
Academic Center:
805 - Masters Centre of the Department of Political and Social Sciences
Study:
8058 - Master in Political Philosophy
Subject:
32257 - Political Theory in the 21st Century
Credits:
5.0
Course:
1
Teaching languages:
Theory: Group 1: Pending
Teachers:
Chiara Bottici
Teaching Period:
Third Quarter
Schedule:

Presentation

What is an image? What, if anything, is the difference between a real image and a fictive image? Can images be fully rendered through linguistic descriptions or is there something primordial about them? What are unconscious images? Why have visual images been accorded such a priority over other types of images (acoustic, tactile, smelling)? How, and when, do images become politics? How is medium of their creation/reception/fruition changing the phenomenology of contemporary images? Why has political theory been so reluctant to take images and imagination as a central focus of analysis?   This seminar explores these questions at the intersection of political theory, sociology, philosophy, psychoanalysis and art.  Students will discuss classical texts in the theory of images but also apply them to practices of image-making, ranging from visual arts to fashion, cinema and propaganda.

Prerequisites

Regular class attendance, one oral presentation and a final paper on a topic to be agreed upon with the instructors. 

Contents

Session 1.

Introduction and distribution of oral presentations.

Berger, J. “Ways of Seeing,” Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wi8jd7aC4

 

Session 2.

Images beyond imagination: introduction and distribution of the oral presentations.

  1. Bottici, C. 2014. Imaginal Politics. New York: Columbia University Press, Intro, Ch. 1, 2, 3

 

Session 3.

Who banned the image from the virtuous city? The visible versus the intelligible.

Readings:

From Plato. 1991. The Republic, trans. Alan Bloom. New York: Basic Books

  1. Book VI, 509c-511e (on the different types of knowledge expressed through the metaphor of the line)
  2. Book VII 514a-521c (on the myth of the cave)
  3. Book X (on mimesis, the ban of the arts, and the power of philosophy beyond death)

 

Images:

Ancient Greek sculpture, Ancient Greek architecture

Berger, J. “Ways of Seeing,” Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wi8jd7aC4

 

 

Session 4.

The political aesthetics of glory between savages and civilized: imagination as decaying sense and its passions (fear, glory, competition)

Readings:

Hobbes, T. Leviathan. 2012 [1651]. New York: Penguin Classics, Introduction, Ch. 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.

 

Class Video Screening:

Berger, J. “Ways of Seeing,” Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wi8jd7aC4

 

Images:

Vermeer, Hals, or other Dutch oil paintings; Comparison of the two frontispieces of Hobbes’s Leviathan, seventeenth-century images of the “savages vs civilized” and the “discovery” of the “new world”.

 

Session 5.

The coloniality of images: Black Skin, White Masks

Readings:

  1. Fanon, F.  Black Skin, White Masks, New York: Grove Press (all, except Ch 5)

 

Images:

Concerning violence, Ethnic fetishes, Daniel Horowitz’s Totem sans taboo series.

 

Session 6

Images in the age of mechanical reproduction

Readings:

  1. Benjamin, W. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
  2. Pedulla, G. 2012, In Broad Light: Movies and Spectators After Cinema, verso, Ch 2, 3, 4

 

Images:

August Sander, Alexander Rodchenko, Eugene Atget, Karl Blossfelt, Germaine Krull, silent movies.

 

Class Video Screening:

Berger, J. “Ways of Seeing,” Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jTUebm73IY

 

Session 7.

Images as operations.

Readings:

  1. Ranciere, J. 2007. The Future of the Image, trans. G. Elliott. London: Verso Books, pp. 1-31
  2. Hito Steryl, “In defence of the poor image”
  3. Lafia, M. 2017. Everyday Cinema. New York: Punctum Press

https://punctumbooks.com/titles/everyday-cinema-the-films-of-marc-lafia/

 

Images:

Marc Lafia Everyday Cinema

 

 

8. Imaginal politics

Readings:

  1. Bottici, C. 2014. Imaginal Politics. New York: Columbia University Press, Ch. 4, 5, 6

 

Images:

Modern political maps, planisphere; Orientalist painters, Occidentalist vignettes, Disney’s Aladdin, The Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (but consider whether it is legitimate to show them in class, given that for believers this is very offensive; an alternative could be describe them, without showing)

 

                    

 

Session 9.

The myth of the clash of civilizations

Readings:

  1. Bottici, C and Challand, B. The Myth of the Clash of Civilisations, London, Routledge, Intro+Ch. 1, 2, 4, 5

 

Images:

Orientalist painters, Occidentalist vignettes, Disney’s Aladdin, The Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (but consider whether it is legitimate to show them in class, given that for believers this is very offensive; an alternative could be describe them, without showing)

 

 

 

Session 10

Myth and icons of Europe

Readings:

Bottici, C. and Challand, B. 2013, Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity, Cambridge University Press, Intro + Ch. 1, 2, 4

 

Images:

Icons of the European Union, Euro symbols, Flags, Hymn and other acoustic images.

Evaluation

30% oral presentation; 70% final paper (2500 words). Deadline: 20 June 2017. Paper to be sent to: chiara.bottici696@gmail.com