Colonialism & Psychology

Our course will be a thematic exploration of colonialism as a psychological experience. We will explore topics such as the relation between Self and Other in the colonial encounter; the psychoanalysis of race and racism; violence and decolonization; psychopolitics; gender, language, and the intimacy of the colonial encounter; and the psychic life of the postcolony. We will follow the itineraries of the renowned Martinican psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon (1925–1961) from the Antilles, to metropolitan France, to colonial Algeria.

Middle East in the Twentieth Century

This course explores the history of the Middle East from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Rather than narrate the history of the twentieth century Middle East as a series of wars and conflicts, however, we will focus on the principal intellectual, cultural, political, and social factors that have shaped the countries of the Middle East.

Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

This course will be a thematic exploration of colonialism as an historical, political, cultural, and psychological experience. We will highlight struggles between Europeans and colonized peoples and think historically about global structures of inequality, that is to say, the exploitation of human difference within capitalism and colonialism.

The World Since 1850

This is a course in the history of the world since 1850 that will highlight five themes: the global formation of capitalism and industrialism; warfare and techno-politics; the rival ideologies of liberalism, fascism, and communism; anticolonial nationalism, decolonization, and revolutionary struggles; and the current global catastrophe. In particular, we will learn to think historically about global structures of inequality.