9.21 Readings


·       Adam Curtis documentary. Century of the Self. Focus on parts 1 – 3:


·       adrienne maree brown. “spells and practices for emergent strategy.” From Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. AK Press 2017.


Syllabus teaching moment: There is work that takes on the domineering figures at the roots of psychiatry and psychology – historical accounts that seek to place those figures’ ideas in social context, including exploring the antiblackness and antisemitism that finds its way into foundational work. You might, for instance, consult:

-       -Byron Good, 2010. “Emil Kraeplin on Pathologies of the Will.” In Toward and Anthropology of the Will, edited by Murphy and Throop.

-       -J. Lorand Matory, 2018. “The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make.” Duke U Press.

There are no heroes in our account, not in a “pure” sense. (See even Aurora Levins Morales’ self-disclosure in her stories.) Do you yearn for such?