ANTHRCUL 409 - Peoples and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa
Section: 001 Everyday Lives in the Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the public imagination the Middle East is often associated with a number of themes: gender, Islam, oil, or terrorism. But how are these enduring topics of interest understood and experienced by people living in the region? Moreover, how do people carry their day to day life in today’s Middle East? How do they make ends meet, relate to the surrounding environment, have fun, connect with others, fall ill, and seek treatment? How do politics, revolutions, or violence disrupt but also become part and parcel of ordinary lives? What are the wider historical forces and transnational processes that shape current life in the Middle East?

This class provides an overview of the contemporary Middle East that approaches the region from the ground level of everyday lives and conditions. From an anthropological perspective, it investigates these current configurations and the broader factors that structure them, be they historical, political, or economic. In this way, the course does not approach the Middle East as a given, but as a social and historical formation that is constantly made and remade both at home, in specific Middle Eastern counties, and abroad, in Europe or the U.S.

We will read both anthropological and historical texts, alongside literature and journalistic pieces. We will also watch video clips, movies, and take a field visit to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Class Format:

The class has a mixed lecture-discussion format in which students’ active participation is essential.

ANTHRCUL 409 - Peoples and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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