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11:30 AM PLAI 600/ENGL 662: Cultures of Uneven Development

April 12, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

The uneven development of our world is an obvious fact: from the underdevelopment of the Global South to the dynamics of core and periphery in political and economic structures, a globalized world of equality remains a distant utopia. Yet the world is also a coherent whole, intimately connected through structures of investment in addition to supranational political and financial institutions. Centered in contemporary Marxist theory, this course examines our globalized world through the lens of uneven development. It seeks to understand the structure of our present conjuncture that is marked, simultaneously, by hierarchy and difference as well as integration and homogeneity. We will locate this question in the relation between the sphere of culture and the logic of capital. In addition, it queries how this uneven world shapes social, cultural, and aesthetic forms (and norms) in addition to our conceptions of time and space. The course will take up four themes: the social formation; the question of transition; the national question; and peripheral aesthetics. Drawing on readings from history, literary and cultural studies, film studies, and theory this seminar will attempt to think through the politics and aesthetics of uneven development on a global scale.

Enrolment: Instructor permission required. Please e-mail either Gavin Walker (gavin.walker@mcgill.ca) or Sandeep Banerjee (sandeep.banerjee@mcgill.ca) to enroll in the course.

Format: Seminar
Meeting days/ times: Thursdays 11:30am – 2:30pm
Room: 21-6 @ IPLAI
Readings: TBD


April 12, 2018
11:30 am - 2:30 pm


3610 McTavish, 2nd floor
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 Canada
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