Reading Notes Schedule

WST 791 Reading Notes Schedule

Week 2, 29 August: Life and Capital: Modes of Production

Kellie            Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (excerpts)
Jeri               Karl Marx, “Fragment on Machines,” in Grundrisse
Michelle       Jason Read, “The Real Subsumption of Subjectivity,”
Sarah           Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, “Blackness and Governance,”

Week 3, 5 September: Micropolitics/Individuation

Shireen            Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on the Societies of Control.” 
Richard            Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “Micropolitics and Segmentarity,”
Shuzhen          John D’Emilio, “Capitalism and Gay Identity,”
Rachel             Franco Berardi (“Bifo”), “Biopolitics and Connective Mutation,”
Jeri                  Maurizio Lazzarato, “Biopolitics and Bioeconomics,”

Week 4, 12 September: Power Over Life: Sovereignty, Nation-State, Camp

Jeri                Giorgio Agamben, Introduction and Part 3, Homo Sacer:
a                    Judith Butler, “Indefinite Detention,”
Kellie             Carl Schmitt, excerpts from Political Theology
Rachel           Gloria Anzaldúa, “The Homeland, Aztlán,”

Week 5, 19 September: Life and Death in the Neocolony

Abby               Elizabeth Povinelli, “The Child in the Broom Closet”
Kellie              Angela Mitropoulos, “Notes on the Frontiers and the Borders of the Postcolony.”
Anastasia       Angela Mitropoulos, “The materialisation of race in multiculture”
Jeri                  Joseph Pugliese, “Civil modalities of refugee trauma”
Richard            Achille Mbembe, “Necropolitics.” 

Week 6, 6 September: The biopolitics of racialization

Sarah               Frantz Fanon, “The Fact of Blackness,”
Anastasia         Kēhaulani Kauanui, Hawaiian Blood
Rachel              Jin Haritaworn, The Biopolitics of Mixing Ch 1
Shireen            Jin Haritaworn, The Biopolitics of Mixing Ch 3
Jodi                  Jodi Melamed, Represent and Destroy, Chapter One.
Michelle           Andrea Smith, “Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy.”
Shuzhen           Jared Sexton, “People-of-Color-Blindness: Notes on the Afterlife of Slavery.”

Week 7, 3 October: Theorizing biotech

Rachel             Melinda Cooper, Life as Surplus Chapter 1
Shireen            Cooper, Life As Surplus Chapter 3
Anastasia         Nikolas Rose, Chapter Three, “An Emergent Form of Life?”
Richard            Cory Hayden, “From market to market”
Darien             Margaret Lock, “The Alienation of Body Tissue”
Kellie               Kalindi Vora, “Others’ Organs.”
Darien             Kaushik Rajan, “Banking (on) Biologicals”

Week 8, 10 October: Feminist Biopolitics and Reproductive Labor

Abby                Fortunati, The Arcane of Reproduction Chapters 1 (7-16),
Shireen           Fortunati Ch 7 (89-98)
Shireen           Fortunati Ch 8 (99-104).
Anastasia         Melinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby, “The Biopolitics of Reproduction”
Rachel             Cooper and Waldby, “From reproductive work to regenerative labour,”
Richard            Haraway, “The Cyborg Manifesto”
Michelle           Silvia Federici, “The Accumulation of Labour and the Degradation of Women”

Week 9, 17 October: Transnational Reproductive Labor

Sarah               Gayatri Chaktravorty Spivak, “Scattered Speculations on the Question of Value”
Darien             Pheng Cheah, “Biopower and the New International Division of Labor”
Abby                Neferti Tadiar, Chapter 3, “Domestic Bodies”
Anastasia         Martin Manalansan, “Queering the Chain of Care Paradigm”

Week 10, 24 October: From cyborg to animal and back: animal/animacy studies

a                      Mel Chen, “Queer Animality,”
Jeri                   Donna Haraway, “Value Added Dogs and Lively Capital”
Michelle           Donna Haraway, “From Cyborgs to Companion Species”
Shuzhen           Akira Lippit, “Introduction: Remembering Animals”
Jeri                   Deborah Bird Rose, “What if the Angel of History Were a Dog?”

Week 11, 31 October: 31 Years Of HIV

Abby                Paula A. Treichler, “AIDS, Homophobia, and Biomedical Discourse”
Kellie               Patton, Cindy. “Official Maps”
Shuzhen           Vinh-Kim Nguyen, “Antiretroviral Globalism, Biopolitics and Therapeutic Citizenship”
Michelle           Eric Michaels, Unbecoming. Excerpts.

Week 12, 7 November: Reading Affect

Richard            Patricia Clough, Introduction to The Affective Turn.
Darien             Michael Hardt, “Affective Labor.” PDF.
Abby                Melissa Ditmore, “In Calcutta, Sex Workers Organize.”
a                      Lauren Berlant, “Nearly Utopian, Nearly Normal: Post-Fordist Affect in La Promesse and Rosetta.”

Sarah               Massumi, Introduction, Parables of the Virtual
Shuzhen           Massumi, Ch 1, Parables of the Virtual
Darien             Aren Aizura, “The Romance of the Amazing Scalpel.”
a                      Sara Ahmed, “The performativity of disgust.”

Week 13, 14 November: Queer Biopolitics/Necropolitics

a                      Puar, “Homonationalism and biopolitics.”
Shireen                        Puar, “The turban is not a hat: queer diaspora and practices of profiling.”
Shuzhen           Eric Stanley, “Near Life, Queer Death: overkill and Ontological Capture.”
a                      Jin Haritaworn and C. Riley Snorton, “Transsexual Necropolitics”
Michelle           Andrea Smith, “Queer Theory and Native Studies.”
Rachel             Dean Spade and Craig Willse, “Freedom in a Regulatory State”

Week 14, 21 November: Beyond Biopolitics

This week, everyone will nominate one short excerpt for all of us to read.

Thanksgiving Break November 28


Week 15, 5 December: Political Possibilities: Exodus, Impossibility, Post-futurity

Anastasia         Franco “Bifo” Berardi, “Exhaustion and Subjectivity.”
Darien             Dimitris Papadopoulos, Niamh Stephenson, Vassilis Tsianos, “The autonomy of migration.”
Richard            Moulier Boutang and Grelet, “The Art of Flight.”
Sarah               Dean Spade, “Impossibility Now,” video manifesto
Kellie               Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, “The Wild Beyond,” “Politics Surrounded.”
Abby                Moten and Harney, “Fantasy in the Hold.”


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