HISTORY 498 - Topics in History
Section: 001 Historical Ethnographies of Post-Ottoman Societies
Term: WN 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected three times for credit.
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This senior/graduate course combines ethnographies and social historical accounts to explore and critique the representation of the past in various post-Ottoman nation-state polities. It focuses on contemporary issues in the wider context of the Middle East and Balkans in order to probe regionalism and state borders that led to the emergence of two ‘regions:’ one eastern and Muslim (Middle East), the other European and Christian (Balkans). Juxtaposing these two geopolitical entities will provide an alternative perspective on the contested borders of ‘Europe’ and the ‘Middle East’ and their implications for societies and especially ethno-religious minorities that ended up remaining on the ‘wrong’ side of a new border or were displaced and ethnically cleansed. This course is an anthropological approach to understand the role of history in contemporary politics and the ways one can locate the past in everyday cultural practices.

The readings will shed new light on understanding modern day politics and everyday cultural practices. Through ethnographic and social history accounts of the post-Ottoman societies, this course deconstructs the existing binary representations of the post-Ottoman territories. The readings cover a range of topics including the contextual identity formation; politics of archaeology, archives and oral history; memory and violence; and the ‘negative archive’. The course aims at achieving two goals: (1) helping students locate new ways of tracing, writing about, and interpreting the past in contemporary societies; (2) considering alternative conceptual framework for post-colonial and post-imperial societies in the Middle East and the Balkans.

Intended Audience:

Senior standing or Graduate student

HISTORY 498 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with REES 405-002, ASIAN 455-001, MENAS 491-002, AAPTIS 491-002
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ISBN: 1403972834
The myth of the military nation : militarism, gender, and education in Turkey, Author: Ayse Gul Altinay., Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 1. ed., 1. 2006
ISBN: 0226001954
Facts on the ground : archaeological practice and territorial self-fashioning in Israeli society, Author: Nadia Abu El-Haj., Publisher: University of Chicago press [Online-Au 2001
ISBN: 0226424944
Fields of wheat, hills of blood : passages to nationhood in Greek Macedonia 1870-1990, Author: Anastasia N. Karakasidou., Publisher: The University of Chicago press [Online-Au 1997
ISBN: 1557287635
Memories of revolt : the 1936-1939 rebellion and the Palestinian national past, Author: Ted Swedenburg., Publisher: University of Arkansas press 2003
ISBN: 0819569445
Among the jasmine trees : music and modernity in contemporary Syria., Author: Jonathan Holt Shannon., Publisher: Wesleyan University Press 1st Wesley 2009
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