Rhetorical Theory – Visions of the World: Politics, Nature, and Law
240G - 002 | CCN: 78109
Instructor: Samera Esmeir
Date / Time: CANCELLED
Numerous traditions articulate visions of the world and its communities, reflections on the world’s natural, human and divine layers, the bind that connects these layers and communities, as well as ways of governing the world. This seminar explores visions of the world from multiple historical traditions as they have been articulated in travel accounts, theological inquiries, political philosophical investigations, legal expositions, and oceanic studies. The contemporary vision of the world as an "international" site of state actors is juxtaposed to other visions. The guiding questions for our seminar are primarily political and ethical. We are concerned with how particular visions shape "local" and "worldly" political struggles, possibilities for living together with or without conflict, the forces (natural, human, divine) that bring communities and geographies together or separate them, and ultimately, what it means to "share a world."
In addition to the books below, we will be reading political- and legal-philosophical selections, which I will post online.
Remi Braque, The Wisdom of the World: The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought
Hugo Grotius, The Free Sea
Cesare Casarino, Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis
David Armitage, Foundations of Modern International Thought
Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Three Ways to Be Alien: Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World
Roxanne Euben, Journeys to the Other Shores: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge
Engseng Ho, The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility Across the Indian Ocean
Sunil Amrith, Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants
Suraiya Faroghi, The Ottoman Empire and the World Around It