Schedule

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

1. Theories of Conflict Proliferation

W Aug 19 Introductory Lecture

F Aug 21 Kaldor, “In Defense of New Wars

M Aug 24 Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (read only through p13)

W Aug 26 Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations“; Said, “The Clash of Ignorance

F Aug 28 Hoffman, Chapter 1 of Inside Terrorism

 

2. Empire of Risk: Postcolonial Critique of New Wars Theory

M Aug 31 Loomba, Introduction to Colonialism/Postcolonialism

W Sep 2 Keywords: Capitalism, Colonization, Empire, Globalization, Islam, Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Orientalism, Prison, Racialization, Terror

F Sep 4 Zinn, et. al., A People’s History of American Empire, p1-7; 31-74; 129-140; 162-171; 231-258

M Sep 7 NO CLASS — LABOR DAY

W Sep 9 Johnson, Blowback; Mamdani, “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim — An African Perspective“; Grandin, Selection from Empire’s Workshop

F Sep 11 Beck, “Living in the World Risk Society“; DISCUSS RESEARCH INTERESTS.

 

3. Emerging Doctrines

M Sep 14 Turse, The Changing Face of Empire

W Sep 16 Counterinsurgency and containment doctrine: “Post-Cold War Deterrence“; Shock and Awe [required selections] [full document]; counterinsurgency manuals [skim these selections] [full text state dept] [full text army]

F Sep 18 SUBMIT PRELIMINARY BIBLIOGRAPHY

M Sep 21 View Zero Dark Thirty before class; Grewal, “Security Moms in the 21st Century USA

W Sep 23 Alimohamed, “Homeland Security, Inc.”

F Sep 25 Weizman, “Lethal Theory

 

4. Oil, Soverignty, and Imperialism

M Sep 28 Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad, ch. 1-7

W Sep 30 Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad, ch. 8-12

F Oct 2 Khadra, The Sirens of Baghdad, ch. 13-end

M Oct 5 Mitchell, Introduction and Chapters 2, 4, and especially 8 from Carbon Democracy

W Oct 7 Mitchell, Selections from Carbon Democracy

F Oct 9 Ehrlich, Chapters 5 and 11 from Inside Syriaoptional: Faisal Devji, “A Life on the Surface” (on ISIS)

M Oct 12 NO CLASS — UNIVERSITY DAY

W Oct 14 SUBMIT 1-PARAGRAPH RESEARCH PROPOSAL, SECTION OUTLINE, AND UPDATED BIBLIOGRAPHY.

F Oct 16 NO CLASS — FALL BREAK

 

5. Posthuman War Fronts: Environmental, Aerial, Digital, and Carceral Warfare

M Oct 19 Weizman and Sheikh, The Conflict Shoreline

W Oct 21 Nixon, “Ecologies of the Aftermath

F Oct 23 Cooper, “Preempting Emergence: The Biological Turn in the War on Terror

M Oct 26 Chamayou, Selections from A Theory of the Drone

W Oct 28 The Intercept, The Drone Papers

F Oct 30 WORK ON PAPERS. Please submit a short note describing your work for this hour.

M Nov 2 Stein and Kuntsman, Selection from Digital Militarism

W Nov 4 View Standard Operating Procedure before class

F Nov 6 5-PAGE DRAFT DUE. Bybee torture memo

M Nov 9 Gordon, “Abu Ghraib: Imprisonment and the War on Terror“; Puar, “Abu Ghraib and US Sexual Exceptionalism

W Nov 11 Saar, Selection from Inside the Wire; Slahi, Selections from Guantanamo Diary [1] [2] [3] [4]

F Nov 13 View Your Bin Laden in class

M Nov 16 View Your Bin Laden in class

W Nov 18 Butler, “Violence, Mourning, Politics

F Nov 20 Research Presentations: Christina, Waylon, Will, Jonathan

M Nov 23 Research Presentations: Mckenzie, Briana, Chantal, Joel

WF Nov 25-27 NO CLASS — THANKSGIVING BREAK

M Nov 30 Research Presentations: Megan, Logan, Ishmael, Travis

W Dec 2 Research Presentations: Mariah, Trisha, Bryce, Matt

F Dec 4 Noon FINAL EXAM; REVISED/EXPANDED RESEARCH PAPER DUE

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