SCHEDULE


SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS, READINGS, and ASSIGNMENTS


Part One: The New Imperialism—
History, Theories, Concepts, Practices


September

Week 1
Friday, September 5, 2014

Seminar Overview
♦ The seminar: structure, expectations, intended outcomes ♦ Research Topics
What is the “New Imperialism”? Part 1
Topics covered include:
♦ Defining themes of the new imperialism

Readings:
“Introduction: The New Watchdogs,” Colin Mooers, pp. 1-8, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Recommended, though optional:
Forte, Maximilian C. (2010). “Introduction: The ‘New’ Imperialism of Militarization, Humanitarianism, and Occupation.” In Maximilian C. Forte (Ed.), The New Imperialism, Volume 1: Militarism, Humanism, and Occupation (pp. 1-29), Montreal, QC: Alert Press.
[You can download it from:
https://newimperialism.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/niintro.pdf, or
http://www.box.net/shared/eanyx98hivcjz7am0ut2. You can also download the whole book from http://www.alertpress.org/vol-1-ebook.html]

Week 2
Friday, September 12, 2014

What is the “New Imperialism”? Part 2
Topics covered include:
♦ Empire avowal ♦ The Iraq War ♦ Project for a New American Century ♦ U.S. national defense strategies ♦ What is the significance of oil (and strategic minerals)?

Readings:
Chapter 1, “All About Oil,” pp. 1-25, in: Harvey, David. (2003). The New Imperialism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Chapter 8, Adam Hanieh, “Praising Empire: Neoliberalism under Pax Americana,” pp. 167-198, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Lutz, Catherine. (2009). “Introduction: Bases, Empire, and Global Response.”
https://app.box.com/s/16c3jua3tyfb7bwlofcc

Monday, September 15, 2014
• Deadline for withdrawal with tuition refund from two-term and fall-term courses.
• Last day to add two-term and fall-term courses.

Week 3
Friday, September 19, 2014

Empire, Hegemony, and Capital
Topics covered include:
♦ Territorial and capital logics ♦ hegemony ♦ 19th century imperialism ♦ Imperialism to WWII ♦ U.S. hegemony after WW2 ♦ After the Cold War ♦ Neo-liberalism ♦ overreach ♦ blowback

Readings:
Chapter 6, Colin Mooers, “Nostalgia for Empire: Revising Imperial History for American Power,” pp. 111-135, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Optional:
Chapter 2, “How America’s Power Grew,” pp. 26-86, in: Harvey, David. (2003). The New Imperialism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Week 4
Friday, September 26, 2014

Economic Crises and Imperial Wars
Topics covered include:
♦ Space-time ♦ capital accumulation ♦ states-markets ♦ supra-state organization ♦ global financial circuits ♦ privatization ♦ multilateral financial institutions

Readings:
Chapter 4, “Accumulation by Dispossession,” pp. 137-182, in: Harvey, David. (2003). The New Imperialism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Chapter 5, “Consent to Coercion,” pp. 183-212, in: Harvey, David. (2003). The New Imperialism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Optional:
Forte, Maximilian C. (2012). “Liberal Imperialism and the New Scramble for Africa.” From: Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa. Montreal, QC: Baraka Books, 17-30.
https://app.box.com/s/z5igw7v6ccc5ks99ju28

October

Week 5
Friday, October 3, 2014

“Democracy Promotion” as Imperialism
Topics covered include:
♦ freedom, democracy, human rights, in the imperial lexicon ♦ democratization as global counterinsurgency ♦ destabilizing other democracies ♦ global political engineering ♦ U.S. hegemony by frugal, symbolic means

Readings:
Chapter 1, Ellen Meiksins Wood, “Democracy as Ideology of Empire”, pp. 9-24, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Optional:
Chapter 2, Aziz Al-Azmeh, “After the Fact: Reading Tocqueville in Baghdad,” pp. 25-44, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Chapter 3, Tariq Ali, “Tortured Civilizations: Islam and the West,” pp. 45-59, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Research Paper Prospectus (worth 10%). Please send via email, as an attachment in .odt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Due by midnight on October 3.

Week 6
Friday, October 10, 2014

Exporting America, Exporting Capitalism:
Cultural Imperialism and Soft Power
Topics covered include: x
♦ propaganda, public relations, public diplomacy, strategic communications, information operations, PsyOps ♦ mainstream media, social media, regime media ♦ NGOs ♦ marketing, consumerism ♦ commodification ♦ developmentalism

Readings:
Chapter 9, Tanner Mirrlees, “American Soft Power, or American Cultural Imperialism?,” pp. 199-228, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Chapter 10, Paul Cammack, “UN Imperialism: Unleashing Entrepreneurship in the Developing World,” pp. 229-260, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Week 7
Friday, October 17, 2014

Imperial Philosophies, Discourses, and Apologia
Topics covered include:
♦ ideology and empire ♦ the valorization of empire ♦ rehabilitation of empire

Readings:
Chapter 7, Thom Workman, “When Might is Right: Ancient Lamentations, Straussian Ministrations and American Dispensations,” pp. 137-165, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Chapter 5, David McNally, “Imperial Narcissism: Michael Igatieff’s Apologies for Empire,” pp. 87-109, in: The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire.

Structured Outline and Working Bibliography (worth 10%). Please send via email, as an attachment in .odt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Due by midnight on October 17.


Part Two: Emergency and Exception—
“Humanitarian” Intervention, Military Humanism, and the Responsibility to Protect


Week 8
Friday, October 24, 2014

An International State of Exception
Topics covered include:
♦ The emergency imaginary ♦ humanitarian governance ♦ progress and civilization ♦ contemporary missionary logics ♦ military intervention

Readings:
Fassin, Didier, & Pandolfi, Mariella, “Introduction: Military and Humanitarian Government in the Age of Intervention,” pp. 9-25, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

Calhoun, Craig, “The Idea of Emergency: Humanitarian Action and Global (Dis)Order,” pp. 29-58, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

Forte, Maximilian C. (2012). “Humanitarianism and the Invention of Emergency.” From: Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa. Montreal, QC: Baraka Books, 237-265.
https://app.box.com/s/q7lmd8zi8kc2jbxh8jr8

Sunday, October 26, 2014
• Last day for academic withdrawal from fall-term courses.

Week 9
Friday, October 31, 2014

Responsibility to Protect and Interventionist Morality
Topics covered include:
♦ R2P ♦ will to intervene ♦ securitization ♦ international policing ♦ “failed states” ♦ British humanitarian interventionism ♦ moral orders

Readings:
Makaremi, Chowra, “Utopias of Power: From Human Security to the Responsibility to Protect,” pp. 107-127, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

Pupavac, Vanessa, “Between Compassion and Conservatism: A Genealogy of Humanitarian Sensibilities,” pp. 129-149, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

Fassin, Didier, “Heart of Humaneness: The Moral Economy of Humanitarian Intervention,” pp. 269-293, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

First installment of draft paper (worth 10%). Please send via email, as an attachment in .odt, .doc. docx, or .rtf to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Due by midnight on October 31.

November

Week 10
Friday, November 7, 2014

Saving the Other
Topics covered include:
♦ Somalia ♦ “Save Darfur” ♦ “the humanitarian international” ♦ “surgical strikes” ♦ iatrogenic violence ♦ therapeutic domination ♦ the calculation of suffering ♦ shock and awe ♦ “protection”

Readings:
de Waal, Alex, “An Emancipatory Imperium? Power and Principle in the Humanitarian International,” pp. 295-361, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

McFalls, Laurence, “Benevolent Dictatorship: The Formal Logic of Humanitarian Government,” pp. 317-333, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.

Orford, Anne, “The Passions of Protection: Sovereign Authority and Humanitarian War,” pp. 335-356, in: Didier Fassin & Mariella Pandolfi (eds.). (2010). Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. New York: Zone Books.


Part Three: Militarization, Militarism, and the Social Sciences


Week 11
Friday, November 14, 2014

Imperial Social Science: The “Cultural Turn,” Combat Ethnography, and Humans as Terrain
Topics covered include:
♦ counterinsurgency ♦ cultural intelligence ♦ Human Terrain System ♦ armed social science ♦ windshield ethnography

Optional Readings:
McFate, Montgomery. (2005). “Anthropology and counterinsurgency: The strange story of their curious relationship.” Military Review, March-April, 24-38.
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/milreview/mcfate.pdf

McFate, Montgomery. (2005). “The military utility of understanding adversary culture.” Joint Force Quarterly, (38), 42-48.
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/chwe/austen/mcfate.pdf

Kipp, Jacob; Grau, Lester; Prinslow, Karl; & Smith, Don. (2006). “The Human Terrain System: A CORDS for the 21st Century.” Military Review, September-October, 8-15.
http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20061031_art005.pdf

Renzi, Fred. (2006). “Networks: Terra Incognita and the Case for Ethnographic Intelligence.” Military Review, September-October, 16-22.
http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20061031_art006.pdf

Second installment of draft paper (worth 10%). Please send via email, as an attachment in .odt, .doc. docx, or .rtf to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Due on: November 14.

Week 12
Friday, November 21, 2014

Assessing the Human Terrain System
Topics covered include:
♦ intelligence ♦ targeting ♦ ethics ♦ politics ♦ propaganda ♦ waste, fraud, abuse

Optional Readings:
McFate, Montgomery, & Fondacaro, Steve. (2011). “Reflections on the Human Terrain System during the First 4 Years.” Prism, 2(4), 63-82.
HTML: http://www.ndu.edu/press/reflections-human-terrain-system.html
PDF: http://www.ndu.edu/press/lib/images/prism2-4/Prism_63-82_McFate-Fondacaro.pdf

Forte, Maximilian C. (2011). “The Human Terrain System and Anthropology: A Review of Ongoing Public Debates.” American Anthropologist, 113(1), 149-153.
https://app.box.com/shared/to83kvi8yn
or:
http://0-onlinelibrary.wiley.com.mercury.concordia.ca/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1433.2010.01315.x/pdf

Zehfuss, Maja. (2012). “Culturally sensitive war? The Human Terrain System and the seduction of ethics.” Security Dialogue, 43(3), 175-190.
https://app.box.com/s/v6u03bo7a0kwcfhszx2e

Whitehead, Neil L. (n.d.). “Ethnography, Torture and the Human Terrain / Terror Systems.”
https://app.box.com/s/o80gy0f1742uqvjohyzf

González Roberto J. (2007). “Towards Mercenary Anthropology? The New US Army Counterinsurgency Manual FM 3-24 and the Military-Anthropology Complex.” Anthropology Today, 23(3), 14-19.
http://0-www.jstor.org.mercury.concordia.ca/stable/pdfplus/4620359.pdf?acceptTC=true&acceptTC=true&jpdConfirm=true

González, Roberto J. (2008). “’Human Terrain’: Past, Present and Future Applications.” Anthropology Today, 24(1), 21-26.
http://0-onlinelibrary.wiley.com.mercury.concordia.ca/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8322.2008.00561.x/pdf

Week 13
Friday, November 28, 2014

Anthropology and Militarism
Topics covered include:
♦ ethnography ♦ knowledge production ♦ researching militarism & militarization

Optional Readings:
Sluka, Jeffrey A. (2010). “Curiouser and Curiouser: Montgomery McFate’s Strange Interpretation of the Relationship between Anthropology and Counterinsurgency.” PoLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review, 33, 99-115.
http://0-search.ebscohost.com.mercury.concordia.ca/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=50275373&site=ehost-live

Gledhill, John. (n.d.). “Anthropology in the Age of Securitization.”
https://app.box.com/shared/702jccdg9u/2/39315670/854216245/1

Gusterson, Hugh. (2007). “Anthropology and Militarism.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 36, pp. 155-175.
http://0-www.annualreviews.org.mercury.concordia.ca/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.anthro.36.081406.094302

Lutz, Catherine. (2009). “Anthropology in an Era of Permanent War.”Anthropologica , 51(2), 367-379.
http://0-www.jstor.org.mercury.concordia.ca/stable/pdfplus/25605492.pdf?acceptTC=true&acceptTC=true&jpdConfirm=true

Monday, December 1, 2014
• Last day of classes — Fall term.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014:
FINAL PAPER
(worth 40%): please send via email, as an attachment in .odt, .doc,.docx, or .rtf only (not .pdf) to: maximilian.forte@concordia.ca, by 12:00pm (12h00).
As final grades are submitted and your papers are returned to you, the seminar director will be informing participants of whether or not their papers are suitable for publication either as is, or with substantial or minor revisions. In those cases where many revisions would be necessary to improve a paper, this will not lead to a change of grade, but will only determine whether the paper can be included in our collective publication. It is understood in advance that not every student will choose to devote time during their break to work on further revisions, and thus inclusion in the publication effort is voluntary.

Thank you for taking part in this seminar.

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