Three hours of seminar per week. This seminar uses an epistemological and hermeneutic approach to locate and study the ethnic question in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. It examines the social construction of ethnicity and deconstructs it in relation to the gender and class positions of the subject. Modernist and postmodernist theories dealing with state formation and inter-ethnic relations will be scrutinized. National, transnational, and global aspects of ethnicity will be discussed. The technology of the infrapolitics of minority groups in both colonial and postcolonial settings will be assessed.