The following courses will be offered by the affiliated faculty of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies:
Violence Repression Revolution GHIS/GPOL 5177
Professor: Federico Finchelstein
Tuesday, 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm. 6 East 16th Street 1107
This graduate course focuses on recent historical approaches to violence, repression and revolution in modern and contemporary history with special reference to recent developments in political history, dictatorship, fascism and the politics of memory. The course approaches these topics from the perspective of Latin American and European history. The seminar also examines the contextual role of symbolic and explicit violence in critical theory and historiography.
Inventing Latin America - LHIS 2034 A
Instructor: Luis Herran Avila
Monday/Wednesday, 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm
What is Latin America, and how do we make sense of its history? This course is both an introduction to the region and an exploration of core topics pertaining to 19th and 20th century Latin American politics, culture and society. We will draw on the processes of nation and state making after independence, the legacies of colonial rule and the struggles for citizenship; the insertion of Latin America in the world economy and the role of U.S. interventionism in the region; the cycles of revolution, authoritarianism and democratization during the 20th century; the emergence of new social movements during neo liberal hegemony; and the recent rise of the “New Left.”
Rural and Regional Development in the Americas
Instructor: Christopher London
Thursday, 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm, 66 West 12th, Room 619
This course will examine rural and regional development as an arena of conflict between, on the one hand, policies and the agencies in charge of them, and on the other, the localities and peoples which are their objects. In many development policies from the local to the global “rural” frequently is reduced to meaning agricultural production and the extraction of natural resources. But the rural has never been solely about agriculture and resources, rather rural spaces are heterogeneous social complexes within which most of human history has taken place. The geographic concept of “region” has been a key organizing tool within development planning. But like the rural, the definition of region is not straight forward as within them political, cultural, physiographic, ecological and economic factors intertwine in diverse ways to shape economies and peoples. To better marshal our thinking about rural and regional development in the face of these unruly complexities we will use Regulation Theory as a conceptual framework to organize case material into manageable categories. Rather than treat economies as technical problems, Regulation Theory approaches them as historically constituted through social relations that cohere into specific systems of rule. Our approach to the rural and regional then will always start by asking: How are things organized? Who makes decisions? In what ways does value circulate and/or accumulate?
For more information about this course visit: https://sites.google.com/a/newschool.edu/ruralregional2013/syllabus