Seminar 24// 14, 15, 16 October 2010 // London, Sanjay Seth

Seminar 24 // 14, 15, 16 October// London

1. Thursday: Presentation by Irit Rogoff

2. Friday: Seminar led by Sanjay Seth

3. Saturday: Reading Group

Further information about the sessions can be found below

1) Thursday, 14 Ocotber:

11:00 am - 6:00pm

room: Council Chamber, The Baths

11:00 - 1:30 Program business.

2.30 - 5:00 Close reading of Achille M'bembe "Necrophilia' text which is on our site for the last seminar from last year. I would like to go through this in detail in preparation for the seminar on Friday.

Click for M'bembe Text

5:00 -7:00  Department lecture.


2) Friday, 15 October:

12:00 pm - 6:00pm

room:  Room RHB350

Guest Speaker: Sanjay Seth

Critique of (Modern, Western) Reason

This paper asks a series of very direct, if not simple, questions. How and why is it that we assume that modern knowledge is universal, despite its European genealogy and its historically recent provenance? What warrant do we have for considering this superior to the pre-modern knowledges of the West, and the autochthonous knowledges of the non-West? Are we, in short, right to assume that modern Western knowledge transcends the circumstances of its historical and geographical emergence and thus that the social
sciences are ‘true’ for everyone- even though to do so is to privilege the modern and the western, over the pre-modern and the non-Western?

Please find readings below:

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. "Reason and the Critique of Historicism." Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2000. 237-55.

Mitchell, Timothy. "Egypt at the Exhibition." Colonising Egypt. Cambridge [u.a.: Cambridge Univ., 2007. 1-17.

Sanjay, Seth. "Reason or Reasoning." Social Text 1st ser. 22.78 (2004): 85-101.

Additional Readings:

 “Which Past? Whose Transcendental Presupposition?”, Postcolonial Studies, 11:2 (June 2008), pp. 215-226 (special issue on “Historiography and non-Western Pasts” edited by Seth)

 “Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49:2 (2007), pp. 666-668.

 Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India, Duke University Press, 2007 and Oxford University Press, India, 2008

Evening - 7.30 at Sadlers Wells.

3) Saturday, 16 October

12:00pm - 6:00pm

room: The Showroom 

Reading Group

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Seminar Dates: 
Thu, 14/10/2010 - 04:00 - Sat, 16/10/2010 - 11:00