WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Section: 003 Gender, Diversity, and Social Control in the Ottoman Imperial Context, 1300-1923
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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May be elected twice for credit.
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This course, geared towards advanced undergraduate (and open to graduate) students has two components. First, we will focus on the ways in which the Ottoman state machinery and bureaucrats imagined and ruled an exceptionally large group of people with significant linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity for an exceptionally long period of time. The second part of the course will focus on another axis of social control (exercised both by the state and subjects): gender relationships. The selected readings (ranging from the imperial harem to the peasantry of inner Anatolia) will all help to train students in appreciating and analyzing the different ways in which gender order was negotiated at different times, for different groups, and in the different territories over which Ottomans ruled. Clearly Ottoman dynastic ways of organizing “difference,” through the vocabulary of had, “limit,” was essentially the same with regard to both sexual and ethnic diversity.

• Preparation and participation (10%)
• mid-term exam (or essay) (35%)
• final paper (55%)

WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with South Asian Studies 455-001.
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with Judiac 417-002
003 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with History 498-001 and History 594-001
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