DTS200 Lecture #2 Sept 18, 2012
Extra credit- attend the talk, email a 50 word summary of the talk, mention the color of the speaker’s
shirt, send email by midnight to: [email protected]
, tag the email speaker 1 event.
Short essay #1: how dord the study of Diaspora and transnationalism provide a different perspective on
the world? Due Oct 23 - two different kinds of map the next three lectures will help us answer this
- Social imaginary
- Imagined community
- Methodological nationalism
- Sociological imagination- disapora study does not have an established imaginary it is more like
an experiment. This class will set up a framework with case studies but always returns to a basic
vocab which will help you think through this course.
- The world
o The world can be imagined in a number of ways
o This class will help us get beyond normative perspectives of the world
o Ex: coloured maps vs. flight maps
o i.e. flight maps
highlighted are points of connection and disconnection
- core of this class we will understand movement and connection
o understanding the coloured map and how it was made
o this as a representation:
Labels- country, capital etc...
o What we are trying to cultivate is that this is a representation of the world that can look
very different than other maps
o The difference between two maps is that flight maps documents flight patterns the
colour one has formed some of the basic assumptions that drive humanities and social
sciences. It has shaped modern governance, communities... o This colour map is also a real threat right now, because what this represents is not really
what we see today
- What the nation means
o Understand the colour map not just as a map but as a social imaginary
o Social imaginary
How people imagine their social existence, how ordinary people
imagine their social surroundings in images, stores and legends.
How is the colour map a social imaginary?
Borders do not always physically exist.
Presuppose the culture in the country
Imagined sense of community and belonging in each colour
Is a imagine, a story and a legend because it is a way we understand our
world and if this seems usual it hasn’t been
In terms of the social imaginary what appears in the colour maps is an
representation of difference, distinction and what we want to say is when the
modern map became the dominate there are wider representations than this
i.e. Igor Stranvinsky, Firebird (1910)
what do we see in terms of a social imaginary, definitive drum beats,
loud percussion moments that signify closer, glorification is some parts,
he is conducting and the style is very aggressive, puncuative, definitive
and profound. Makes sharp distinctions between sounds. Bright
boarders and clear distinctions are very similar.
Pablo picaso 1909
What do we have here with his factory- what is highlighted here is an
over exaggeration of units.
Bright borders, clean cut lines.
A linguistic system is a series of difference of sounds combined with a series of
differences of ideas- Ferdinand de Saussure 1916
What he shows is that language the way it works through difference is
that a sound imagine is connected to a word concept.
Why are the tribes and nations of the world different, and how have the present
differences developed Franz Boas
Anthropology at its core is this question
In the picture there is a clear difference white guy and black men.
At the core is difference
o To study different people Human condition
o To understand its different dimensions.
Division of distinct disciplines in universities
*****important for short essay
Representations in the social sciences and humanities are dependent
upon images of break, rupture and disjunction
The way that people can break people apart- is this a social
o It is taken for granted that Spain is different than France
because Spain is green and France is red we don’t see the big
o The kind of assumptions that go into understanding the other
world as such is not just bad analytics it doesn’t keep up with
the world we know today
The point is that for so long people have kept their disciplines that they miss the
things that go in between
Major affect has also been that there has been an assumed isomorphic
relationship between nation,