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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
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Book
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Article
Сholera Riots in Staraia Russa in 1831. People and the Authorities: Actions, Motives, Concerns
In press

Belan M.

Slavonic and East European Review. 2024. Vol. 102. No. 2.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

The Arts of not Being Governed

2023/2024
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Mago-Lego
When:
3 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This MA course explores the underground and hybrid social practices that exist outside of mainstream society. It focuses on the technologies and strategies that individuals and groups use to resist governance or to create alternative forms of living. Not concentrating solely on Russia, the course will focus on a wide repertoire of such examples from the past and present - radical religious escapists, criminals, queers, refugees, cultural and political non-conformists - and others whose activities challenge hegemonic political regimes and authoritarian social taxonomies and hierarchies. At the same time, the course will not focus on binary dichotomies of "state versus underground," but rather on those hybrid social spaces that emerge at the boundaries of the conventional underground and the norm. By studying these non-governed practices, students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of a grassroot social reality now and then and of the methodological language the scholars apply to describe it.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to provide students with information about modern academic theories in the field of interaction between society and power in its various forms
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain knowledge of current theoretical developments on the concept of resistance
  • Students will gain knowledge of contemporary political and social ideas of bodily resistance
  • The students gain knowledge of contemporary political theories of warfare
  • The students gain an ability to employ the contemporary theories of articulated and unarticulated resistance of oppressed groups in their researches
  • The students gain an ability to employ theories of the politicization of death in their researches
  • The students will gain an ability to employ different approaches to theorizing religious ideologies and practices as factors of resistance and adaptation in their researches
  • The students will gain an ability to use current approaches to the theorization of the prison experience in researches
  • The students will gain an ability to use current approaches to theorizing biopolitics in the field of substance use in their research
  • The students gain an ability to use current approaches to theorizing individual agency of possession in their studies
  • The students gain an ability to use current approaches to textual resistance in their studies
  • The students gain an ability to use current approaches to theorizing appropriation and counter-hegemonic reclaiming of geographical spaces in their studies
  • The students gain an ability to use current approaches to theorizing the experience of displaced persons in their studies
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Arts of being non-governed, rhizomatic landscapes of counter-hegemonic action
  • Carnal utopias and social practices
  • Post-modern warfare, hybrid combatants, precarious battlefields
  • Subalternity, voiced and silent performativity
  • Subversive necropolitics in art and beyond
  • Messianic utopias, spiritual partisans
  • Extra-legal social architecture, non-Foucauldian perspectives on the penitentiary experience
  • Biopolitics of addiction
  • Possessions, bodily autonomy and subversive otherworldly agencies
  • Transparent textuality, subversive textual practices
  • Alternative sovereignties, geographical autonomy and spatial anarchism
  • Fugitives, refugees, and other narrators of the Utopian margins
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class discussions
    Seminars are planned as weekly online/offline discussions of assigned readings, which will complement the lectures and explore a given topic in in a more comprehensive way. The discussions will be based around the focus questions, provided to students to reflect upon in advance.
  • non-blocking In-class presentation
    Students’ in-class presentations should be based on one of the books/ articles from the syllabus. Presentation itself should be devoted to the author’s biography, career highlights, and her/his standing in the field. Main part of the presentations consists of 4-5 questions that student have prepared for the general discussion with the group that relate to the main arguments of the book/article. Student have to mediate the discussion. Power Point or .pdf presentations are recommended to be used to make it easier for the audience to stay engaged and involved during the talk. Time limit for the presentation and discussion is 30-40 minutes.
  • non-blocking Written Assignments
    The final assignment is a seminar plan on a topic of the student's choice. The seminar plan should include a brief abstract of the topic, a list of required (2-3) and optional (2-3) readings, primary sources and/or media materials, as well as a brief synopsis of each text or document. In addition, for each text, the student must generate a minimum of 5 questions for class discussion. The written assignment should be 5-7 pages long (line spacing -2, margins - 1 inch). Reference format is APA. For every day the assignment is late one point is taken from the grade.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.2 * In-class presentation + 0.4 * Written Assignments + 0.4 * In-class discussions
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A companion to gender studies, , 2009
  • A history of drugs : drugs and freedom in the liberal age, Seddon, T., 2010
  • A world survey of religion and the state, Fox, J., 2008
  • America's death penalty : between past and present, , 2011
  • Analyzing digital fiction, , 2014
  • Armed conflict and displacement : the protection of refugees and displaced persons under international humanitarian law, Jacques, M., 2012
  • Boundas, C. V. (2006). Deleuze and Philosophy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=165167
  • Carl Schmitt and the politics of hostility, violence and terror, Slomp, G., 2009
  • Charity Butcher, & Maia Carter Hallward. (2021). NGOs and Human Rights : Comparing Faith-Based and Secular Approaches. University of Georgia Press.
  • Death and dying : a sociological introduction, Howarth, G., 2007
  • Discipline and punish : the birth of the prison, Foucault, M., 1991
  • Gibney, M. J. (2004). The Ethics and Politics of Asylum : Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees. Cambridge University Press.
  • Gilberto Peters. (2019). The Middle East: Arm Sales, Refugees and the Islamic State. New York: SNOVA. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2247361
  • Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, & Annette E. Fleckenstein. (2022). Drugs & Society: Vol. Fourteenth edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Immigration and politics in the new Europe : reinventing borders, Lahav, G., 2004
  • Irina Tcherneva. (2019). For an Exploration of Visual Resources of the History of Imprisonment. https://doi.org/10.4000/pipss.5003
  • Kendall, L. (1985). Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits : Women in Korean Ritual Life. University of Hawaii Press.
  • Kerton, S. (2012). Tahrir, Here? The Influence of the Arab Uprisings on the Emergence of Occupy. Social Movement Studies, 11(3/4), 302–308. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2012.704183
  • Knowing demons, knowing spirits in the early modern period, , 2018
  • LaGarde, Jennifer, and Darren Hudgins. Fact Vs. Fiction : Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News, International Society for Technology in Education, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5880820.
  • Local histories/global designs : coloniality, subaltern knowledges, and border thinking, Mignolo, W. D., 2012
  • Mbembe, A., & Corcoran, S. (2019). Necropolitics. Durham: Duke University Press Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2285026
  • Meade, T. A., & Wiesner, M. E. (2004). A Companion to Gender History. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=108703
  • Mumford, A. (DE-588)1015966020, (DE-576)351343180. (2013). Proxy warfare : [war and conflict in the modern world] / Andrew Mumford. Cambridge[u.a.]: Polity Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.399020624
  • The Oxford handbook of refugee and forced migration studies / edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long, Nando Sigona. (2016). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.462875288
  • The political philosophy of Michel Foucault, Kelly, M. G. E., 2009

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • An anthology of graphic fiction, cartoons, and true stories, , 2006
  • Aspects of religion in the Soviet Union, 1917-1967, , 1971
  • Choosing life, choosing death : the tyranny of autonomy in medical ethics and law, Foster, C., 2009
  • Climate change and migration : security and borders in a warming world, White, G., 2011
  • Consuming habits : global and historical perspectives on how cultures define drugs, , 2007
  • Deleuze: a philosophy of the event : together with the vocabulary of Deleuze, Zourabichvili, F., 2012
  • Democracy and the politics of the extraordinary : Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt, Kalyvas, A., 2009
  • International law and the rescue of refugees at sea, Ratcovich, M., 2019
  • Morris, R. C., & Spivak, G. C. (2010). Can the Subaltern Speak? : Reflections on the History of an Idea. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=584675
  • Prison Readings, A critical introduction to prisons and imprisonment, edited by Yvonne Jewkes and Helen Johnston, XII, 305 p., , 2006
  • The demonic : literature and experience, Fernie, E., 2013
  • The image of man : the creation of modern masculinity, Mosse, G. L., 1998