Social Justice and Human Rights Specialization for DPP
The end of the Cold War unleashed transformations that have reshaped the political, ideological, economic, and social landscapes in Central and Eastern Europe. Forces of global capitalism and its local manifestations, state machineries embracing models from liberal democracies to nationalist authoritarianism, and social struggles for resources, recognition, and spaces and means of everyday coping are coalescing in various enduring or transient configurations of social hierarchies and inequalities. The course will investigate interpretations of the political, social and scholarly debates that address the post-Cold-War generation and experiences of inequalities across various axes of power and domination. Central and Eastern Europe will be viewed as a location, an object and an active agent of producing, legitimizing, and resisting to outstanding forms of inequalities.
The topics discussed in the course will highlight transformations in global capitalism that have saliently affected Central and Eastern Europe since the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Inquiries on state practices in welfare provisions, development, and various regulatory and disciplinary practices will also be reviewed. The significance of selected social categories that embody and replicate axes of domination and marginalization will also be studied. Finally, the course will explore the literature on societal reactions, popular imagination, coping mechanisms, and citizens’ actions to forms and faces of inequalities.
The course primarily relies on anthropological or anthropologically informed interpretations of inequality mechanisms by reviewing the sociological, historical, and political economy, and human geography scholarship as well. In addition, our attention will stretch to intersections of gender, racial, migration, welfare, and nationalism studies as well. The knowledge to be built through the course will generate comparative insights without promising a balanced and thorough ‘regional’ overview.