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Course: Interstellar Relations — The Politics of SF

December 10, 2010

I’m teaching a seminar on science fiction and politics next semester, which I am really, really looking forward to. PTJ’s been teaching a similar course for years, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity offer it. Given the discussions of the SF genre in general, and steampunk in particular (e.g.), that have been making the rounds, I thought it might be interesting to see get feedback on the syllabus from our readers.

I’ve designed the syllabus to capture a number of major (inter-related themes), including: shifting imaginaries of apocalypse/post-apocalypse, states of exception, encountering the other, liberalism and empire, and games/society/subjectivity.

But one of the things I’m most looking forward to is seeing what unpredictable routes the students take the class.


Warning: I’ve cribbed a lot from PTJ, including the major blogging assignment(s)


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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.