Schedule & Readings


June 14, 3:30-5:30, E255

Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique (NYU Press, 2016), excerpt from chapter one.

Paul Kramer, “The Water Cure: Debating Torture and Counterinsurgency—a Century Ago,” The New Yorker, Feb. 25, 2008.

Activity: Reading exercise PowerPoint


Sept. 12, 3:30-5:30pm, E255 – “Meanings of War”

Session Leaders: David Hill, Shannon Proctor, & Stephen Clark


Timothy Kudo, “How We Learned to Kill,” New York Times, Feb. 27, 2015.

Pete Kilner, “The Military Leader’s Role in Mitigating Moral Injury,” Thoughts of a Soldier-Ethicist blog, November 11, 2016. 

Alexander Moseley, “The Philosophy of War,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 

Oct. 17, 3:30-6pm, visiting speaker (Chris Hedges), E500

Nov. 14, 3:30-5:30pm, E255 – “Mediations of War”

Session Leaders: Chris Schmidt & Sarah Raymundo


Dora Apel, “Torture Culture: Lynching Photographs and the Images of Abu Ghraib,” Art Journal 64.2 (Summer 2005): 88-100.

saludabenedicto, “The Bells of Balangiga: Resonances of the Anti-Imperialist Armed Resistance,” Salud y Benedicto, July 3, 2012.

Dec. 12, 3:30-5:30pm, E255

Session Leaders: Sarada Rauch & Dana Trusso


Gayatri Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”

Institute on Statelessness and Conclusion, Excerpts from The World’s Stateless


Mid-year Institute

Feb. 9, 10am-1pm, E500 – “Knowledge Production and War”

Session Leaders: LaRose Parris & Maria Hart


Lewis Gordon, An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2008), preface & introduction.


Mar. 13, 3:30-5:30pm, E255 – “Technologies of War: Nuclear War”

Session Leaders: Tomoaki Imamichi & Robin Kietlinski

Common Reading:

John Pilger (2016) Article: “A world war has begun. Break the silence.”

Assignments (3 groups, 3 different assignments):

Peter Jennings 1995 Documentary: “Hiroshima:  Why the Bomb was Dropped” (70 min)

Steven Okazaki 2007 Documentary: “White  Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” (90 min. Also available on Amazon Prime)

 NYTimes  2017 Documentary:“From North Korea with Dread” (26 minute video); plus read  Foreign Policy article “Kim Jung Un is a Survivor, Not a Madman”

Apr. 10, 3:30-6pm, visiting speaker (Lisa Stampnitzky), E500

May 15, 3:30-5:30pm, E255 – “Is It Over When It’s Over?: Postwar Transitions in Guatemala and Beyond.” 

Session Leaders: Rebecca Tally, Zena Cooper, & Colleen Eren


Deborah T. Levenson,  “What Happened to the Revolution? Guatemala City’s Maras from Life to Death,” in War By Other Means: Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala. (eds .McAllister and Nelson, 2013).

Guatemala: Never Again!, The Official Report of the Human Rights Office, Archdiocese of Guatemala, Excerpt from Chapter 9, “The Methodology of Horror”: 156-161.

(Should you wish to read Chapter 9 in full, you can access it here.)


Additional presentation by Maria Hart


June Nash, “The Fiesta of the Word: The Zapatista Uprising and Radical Democracy in Mexico,” American Anthropologist 99.2 (June 1997): 261-274.

June 12, 11:30am-1pm