NEAREAST 218 - Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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What does it mean to be Armenian (or, for that matter, to identify as anything at all)? Is there such a thing as 'Armenian-ness' (or 'Greek-ness,' or 'Turkish-ness,' or 'American-ness')? How might we navigate the complicated terrain of our own identities, especially when those identities are shared by so many others — many of whom are nothing like 'us'?

This fast-paced course will grapple with the multiple ways we might belong (or not belong) to a culture, a people, a territory, or a past. Although our focal point will be on Armenian experiences — past and present — students are encouraged to use the critical tool-kits of the course to analyze the cultural systems, and ways of being, that surround us everyday. We'll read important critical essays (such as Kwame Anthony Appiah's work on Cosmopolitanism, Edward Said's theory of exile, and Gloria Anzaldua's work on being culturally in-between) to shape our classroom discussions and debates.

Our objects of analysis will be diverse: we will listen to poetry, watch films, analyze folk music, and explore the history of language itself.

Course Requirements:

Grading is based on a number of short response papers, a class debate, a midterm, and a final exam

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 218 - Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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