ICLS Course Planning 2020-2021

As announced by the President of Columbia University in April 2020, the 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters:  Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society will therefore offer courses for undergraduate students and graduate students in each of these terms.

This page provides an overview of our course offerings for all three terms, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change, and students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted soon.

In addition to semester-long (14-week) course offerings, ICLS will also offer 7-week “immersive courses.” These courses will cover a semester’s worth of material in a shorter period of time and will meet for twice as many hours per week, allowing more contact between faculty and students and more sustained focus on the class content. They will be offered in either the first half of a semester (e.g., Fall A, Spring A, Summer A) or in the second half of a semester (e.g., Fall B, Spring B, Summer B).

Please contact the following people with questions about the courses listed below or with questions about undergraduate or graduate programs of study:

  • For undergraduate majors and concentrations, Tommaso Manfredini, DUS, tm2538@columbia.edu
  • For graduate programs, Brent H. Edwards, DGS, bhe2@columbia.edu
  • General questions can be sent to icls@columbia.edu
  • This list includes only the CPLS and CLPS courses. Cross-listed courses can be seen on the Directory of Classes as semesters are posted.
  • Please direct specific questions regarding the course format to the instructors.
  • As the semesters and pandemic unfold, there may be changes to the modality of teaching listed below. It can be assumed that all “in person” courses may need to accommodate online learning.
  • Additionally, instructors are aware of issues regarding course meeting times and students in other time zones. Again, please reach out to the instructors with these concerns.

2020-2021 Year at a Glance

Fall 2020

  • “Fall” term courses will run the full 14-week term: Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 – Wed., Dec. 23, 2020.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, can be found in the online Directory of Courses.

Partial Semester – Mini Seminar Sept 8 – Oct 1

CLPS GR6600 Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. Online only. Eric Marcus and Andrew Gerber. Mini Seminar Sept 8-Oct 1, Thursdays 2:10pm-4:00pm.

Fall Full Semester

CLPS GU4200 Freud. Marcus Coelen. Mostly in person, hybrid. Thursdays 4:10pm-6:00pm.

CLPS GU4251 Global Freud. Karen Seeley. Online only. Tuesdays 10:10am-12:00pm.

CPLS UN3980 Abolition: Social Justice Practicum. Hybrid. Bernard Harcourt and Alexis Hoag. W 4:20-7:10pm. Application required.

CPLS UN3991 Senior Seminar. Online only. Seth Kimmel. Tuesdays 10:10am-12:00pm.

CPLSUN3995 Senior Thesis. Online only. Contact Sarah Monks and DUS Tommaso Manfredini to register.

CPLS GU4810 Theories of the Subject. Hybrid. Bruno Bosteels. Thursdays 2:10pm-4:00pm.

CPLS GR6100 Intro to ICLS. Online only. Brent Edwards. Monday 12:10pm-2:00pm.

CPLS GR6115 Anarchy: History, Theory, Prospects. Stathis Gourgouris. Online only. Tuesdays 2:10pm-4:00pm.

CPLS GR6121 Migration and Changes in the Capitalist “Population Law”. Etienne Balibar. Online only. Thursdays 6:10pm-8:00pm [Pending ICE approval.]

CPLS GR6333 East/West Frametale Narratives. Online only. Patricia Grieve. Wednesday 2:10pm-4:00pm.

CPLS GR8866 Abolition 13/13. Hybrid. Bernard Harcourt. Thursdays 6:20pm-9:00pm (not every week, see CCCT website for dates) This course is year-long.Year-long seminar. Students will need to sign up for the full year to receive the 3-credits. Students wishing to attend only for the fall semester will receive one credit. Admission will require a paragraph statement of interest and instructor consent. Email ccct@law.columbia.edu to apply.

Fall Block B

CPLSUN3511 Exiles, enclosures, dystopias. COVID-19 and states of confinement. Online only. Neni Panourgia. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm. [This course is in proposal approval process, will be posted to the DoC soon. This course is open to CC, GS and Justice In Education students who are formerly or currently incarcerated.]

Spring 2021

  • “Spring” term courses will run the full 14-week term: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 – Mon., Apr. 26, 2021.
  • “Spring A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 – Fri., Feb. 26, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available on the Directory of Classes in advance of the early registration period in November 2020.

Spring Block A

CPLS GR8020 Critical Translation. Online only. Peter Connor and Souleymane Bachir Diagne. MW 2:10pm-4:00pm.

Spring Block B

CPLS GU4732 Matters of Life/Death. Online Only. Diane Rubenstein. Wednesdays and Fridays. 2:10pm-4:00pm.

Spring Full Semester (Check bulletin for course times)

CLYD UN3000 From Yiddish to Yinglish. Online Only. Sandra Chiritescu. Wednesdays.

ITAL UN3665 Against Fiction? Online Only. Beatrice Mazzi. Tuesdays.

CPLS UN3900 Intro To Icls. Online Only. David Lurie. Thursdays. Only open to CLS/MLS majors or concentrators.

CPLS UN3991 Senior Seminar. Online Only. Bruno, Bosteels. Thursdays. Only open to ICLS majors.

CPLS UN3995 Senior Thesis. Tommaso Manfredini. Contact ICLS DUS to designate your thesis advisor.

CLSL GU4009 Hegel: State, History, Freedom. Online Only. Adam Leeds. Mondays.

POLS GU4110 Recent Continental Political Thought. Online Only. Jean Cohen. Wednesdays. No Pre-registration; those interested should join the wait list.

CLPS GU4201 Basic Concepts-Post Freud. TBA. Karen Seeley. Mondays.

RELI GU4219 Colonialism & Religion In South Asia. Online Only. Jay Ramesh. Tuesdays.

CPLS GU4315 Multilingual Technologies and Language Div. Online Only. Isabelle Zaugg & Smaranda Muresan. Fridays. Co-convenes with Comp Sci section.

CPLS GU4323 Utopia and the Pandemic. Online Only. Rishi Goyal. Tuesdays. Priority given to MedHum majors.

CPLS GU4325 Abolition Medicine. Online Only. Sayantani Dasgupta. Wednesdays.

CLGR GU4420 Walter Benjamin (Eng). Online Only. Annie Pfeifer. Tuesdays.

CLPS GU4510 Introduction to Jacques Lacan. TBA. Marcus Coelen. Thursdays.

CPLS GU4800  Advanced Topics in Medical Humanities: Pandemic and Social Inequality. Online Only. Rachel Adams. Tuesdays. Apply via an email to the Professor.

HSME GR6056 Major Debates in South Asia: South Asian History And Theory. TBA.  Anupama Rao. Fridays.

CPLS GR6100 Intro To Comp Lit & Society. Online Only. Stathis Gourgouris. Thursdays. Only ICLS certificate students admitted.

CPLS GR6111 The Hybrid Voice: Comparative Diasporas & Translation. Online Only. Brent Edwards & Karen Van Dyck. Wednesdays.

CLEA GR6120 Race & Empire In Asia Pacific. Online Only. Lydia Liu. Tuesdays.

CPLS GR8867 S Contemporary Critical Thought. Hybrid. Bernard Harcourt. Thursdays. Abolition 13/13. Year-long. Visit ccctlaw.columbia.edu to apply.

ARCH A8906  Arch & Critical Theory. Online Only.  Mary McLeod. Wednesdays. PhD Seminar.

Summer 2021

  • “Summer A” courses will run during the first half of the term: Mon., May 3, 2021 – Fri., June 18, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of Summer registration in April 2021.


CPLS UN3333 East/West Frametale Narratives – Patricia Grieve
Tu/Th 12:10pm-2:30pm Modality: Online only
Email the instructor to apply for this class peg1@columbia.edu

CPLS UN3900 Intro to ICLS (3pts) – Tommaso Manfredini
Tu/Th 1:00pm-4:10pm Summer A Modality: Online only
*restrict enrollment so that instructor adds from waitlist, max 20

CPLS UN3995 Senior Thesis in Comp Lit/Soc – Tommaso Manfredini
independent study Summer A  Modality: Online only

CPLS GU4802 Contradictions of Care – Arden Hegele
Tu/Th 9:00am-12:10pm Summer A Modality: Hybrid

CPLS GU4892 Subaltern Urbanism (4pts) – Anupama Rao
M/W 1:00pm-4:10pm Summer A Modality: Hybrid
*restrict enrollment so that instructor adds from waitlist, max 20
*this graduate class is 4pts but the students will co-convene in a 3pt pattern with the undergraduate section HISTBC3842 and be required to do more writing outside of class

CPLS GR6825 Race, Caste and the University – Anupama Rao
MW 9:00am-12:10pm Summer A Modality: Hybrid
*this graduate class is 4pts but the students will co-convene in a 3pt pattern with the undergraduate section HISTBC3852 and be required to do more writing outside of class

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