Cultures of Resistance in the Post-colonial World

Course description Cultures of Resistance in the Post-colonial World
Year: 2016-2017
Catalog number: 5174KSA23
Teacher(s):
  • Prof. Dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe
  • Dr. S. Sunderason
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 500
Period: Semester 1, Block I, II
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

Students who are interested in taking this course, but who are not admitted to one of the mentioned master programmes are requested to contact their co-ordinator of studies.

Description

When and how does culture become a form of resistance? The attempts of new states to embrace modernity and development have been complicit in fostering a homogeneous national culture that erased difference. From the policing of the aesthetic to the recreation of glorious pasts by building cities and dams, modern states have bred discontent among their citizens. Resistance to this homogenizing project has emerged in the cultural field through counter cultural production as well as in protest movements and political engagement of members of subjugated cultures.

This course brings together multiple disciplinary, theoretical and material approaches to explore how notions of culture and that of resistance interact in postcolonial contexts. Taking examples essentially from South Asia it will discuss cultural forms, institutions, interventions and theorisations that have emerged across transnational contexts during and after decolonization,

The weekly seminars will carry both conceptual and concrete case-studies. Students will be encouraged to explore multiple meanings, forms and possibilities of resistance through and in culture. The seminar will introduce students to material from South-East Asia and the Middle East, while engaging with a still broader scope of theoretical literature from the Global South, covering texts from African and Latin American studies. Moving to and fro from theory to practice, the object of the seminar is to critically examine the braiding of culture and the political in the creation of postcolonial imaginations.

Course objectives

Participants in this course will acquire the following:
-an understanding of non-Western perspectives on social and cultural theory
-improved research skills, presentation skills, composition skills, and ability to critically evaluate readings

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Seminar

Attendance and active participation is mandatory.

Course Load

Total course load for the course:

10 EC course:

  • Lectures: 28 hours
  • Studying literature:112 hours ( 4 hours per week)
  • Writing paper and preparing for class presentation: 140 hours

5 EC course:

  • Lectures: 28 hours
  • Studying literature: 56 hours ( 2 hours per week)
  • Writing paper and preparing for class presentation: 56 hours

Assessment method

10 EC course:

  • Presentation/Attendance: 40%
    Guidelines will be given for the presentation.
  • Term Paper (+/- 5,000 words): 60%
    The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version.

5 EC course:

  • Presentation/Attendance: 40%
    Guidelines will be given for the presentation.
  • Term Paper (+/- 1,500 words): 60% The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version.

Blackboard

Yes, see for more info Blackboard

Reading list

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Registration

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Contact

Prof. Dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe
Dr.S.Sunderason

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