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Courses :: CULS C701 Topic: Desire and the Racialized Erotics of Political Culture

Through transnational and multi-sited materials, this seminar considers the question of desire in political cultures, particularly in terms of sexualizations and racializations. Departing from philosophies of desire and theories of ideology in relation to bio-political models, we then draw on anthropology, history, geography, as well as literary and film scholarship. Are political projects themselves, not to mention political actors, erotically charged in racialized ways that intersect with and at times shape the desires, sexual practices, and very parameters of their constituencies? We consider the proposition that desire --erotic charges, motivations, pleasures, and rewards driving and driven by affects, actions, feelings, and needs--  is central to how people connect with and become mobilized in political projects?or how they become disaffected or are excluded. We consider nation/empire/market-state oriented projects as well as asking how spaces for alternative orientations emerge.