GR6028: Mastery of Non-Mastery | M. Taussig

Graduate Seminar
Tu 2:10-4PM

Focusing on specific instances of craft as resistance to the speed-up in our work and lives, this seminar explores the possibilities for a new ethic and practical relationship between technology and nature, not as domination but as a continuous unwinding of such domination that I call, following Benjamin and Bataille, “the mastery of non-mastery.” Drawing on an anthropology of mimesis, metamorphosis, and the bodily unconscious, such unwinding includes perusal of Hegel’s chapter on master and slave, Mauss’ “Techniques of the Body,” and discussion of the trick as in shamanic conjuring and fictocriticism.

Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission required.

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