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Matthew Sparke
SIS 575
Seattle Campus

Advanced Political Geography

Provides resources for theorizing how politics shapes and is shaped by geographical relationships. Examines how politics are situated in complex material and discursive geographies that are partly reproduced through political negotiations. Examines interrelationships of contemporary capitalism with other complex systems of social and political power relations. Offered: jointly with GEOG 575.

Class description

This year the focus for GEOG 575 will be on post-colonial theory and global health. We will be reading some classic theorists of post-colonial criticism including Franz Fanon, Achille Mbembe, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Along the way we will examine recent work on global health and global death in order to reconceptualize their bio-political geographies and exceptions in terms of colonialism, neocolonialism and the struggle for post-coloniality.

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Class assignments and grading

Reading and lots more reading!


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Matthew Sparke
Date: 02/23/2012