Courses at Brown University



AFRI 1050T: Slave Resistance and Moral Order in Environmental History
T 4-6:20pm
Vanessa Fabien
This course is designed to examine the avenues by which enslaved persons redefined and re-appropriated the natural landscapes that kept them in bondage into direct forms of cultural and political resistance during the antebellum period. We will investigate rice production in South Carolina, the Dismal Swamp, maroon societies, Negro Spirituals, and the Black Judeo-Christian ethic to understand how the natural environment and the institution of slavery shaped slave resistance in the United States. This course is reading and writing intensive. DPLL WRIT

AFRI 1050V: Rhythm and Resistance
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
This course will investigate the crucial cultural and political contributions of the African Diaspora in the formation of the contemporary Americas through an analysis of the rhythms they have produced in different national settings. We will use these rhythms as a guide to understand the peoples, places and conditions under which they were created and sustained. Through classroom discussion and historical and music-analysis students will understand the relationship of these rhythms to larger issues like nationalism, migration, colonialism, globalization, the politics of sexuality, gender and race and to understand the different meanings and practices of resistance. DPLL

AFRI 2002: Theories of Africana Thought – Literary and Expressive Cultures
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Tricia Rose
A preoccupation of Africana Studies involves the central, highly contested role of the notion of what constitutes black culture in the modern world. To what degree can we claim aesthetic and other distinctions between black cultures in the Diaspora and other western cultural practices and expressive forms? What role did enslavement, forced migration and segregation play in shaping Africana culture in the modern west? These cultural debates play a central role in literary, musical, philosophical, aesthetic, historical and sociological analyses of the culture of people of African descent frame this graduate course. Open to upper level Africana concentrators with instructor permission.

AMST 0191B: Race and Nation in the U.S. – Belonging, Longing, and Resistance
MW 8:30-9:50am, TBD
Ida Yalzadeh
This course examines how representations of race continue to be critical to the formation of the American nation. We will look at cultural and historical texts that grapple with how “race” is used to (1) define who does and does not belong to the U.S., (2) configure feelings of longing for a homeland, and (3) resist dominant narratives of national inclusion through visual art, performance, and stand-up comedy. The course will use Middle Eastern Americans as its primary case study of these larger themes, and will also incorporate many readings that touch on African American and Latinx experiences. WRIT DPLL

AMST 1611M: Trauma and the Shame of the Unspeakable: The Holocaust, American Slavery, and Childhood Sexual Abuse
MWF 12-12:50pm, TBD
Beverly Haviland
The problem of representing traumatic experience has been raised by witnesses and survivors, psychoanalysts, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and artists. This course compares three historical situations–The Holocaust, American slavery, and childhood sexual abuse–by reading histories, memoirs, and fictions, and analyzing material cultural artifacts such as memorials. Questions about the relation of individual trauma to collective and cultural trauma will be pursued through readings that will include Freud, Jeffrey Alexander, Judith Herman, Dominique La Capra, Primo Levi, Jill Christman, Harriet Jacobs,Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones and Art Spiegelman.

ANTH 1125: Indigenous Archeologies
TTh 9-10:20am, TBD
Robert Preucel
This is an intro. to Indigenous archaeology, sometimes defined as archaeology “by, for and with Indigenous peoples.” These approaches combine the study of the past with contemporary social justice concerns. However, they are more than this. In addition to seeking to make archaeology more inclusive of and responsible to Indigenous peoples, they seek to contribute a more accurate understanding of archaeological record. They thus do not reject science, but attempt to broaden it through a consideration of Indigenous epistemologies. This course covers topics as the history of anthropological archaeology, Indigenous knowledge and science, decolonizing methodologies, representational practices and NAGPRA. DPLL LILE

ANTH 1251: Violence and the Media
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, TBD
Kay Warren
The role of media in shaping perceptions of violent conflict. Analysis of constructions of the “violent other”, “victims”, and “suffering”, the use of culture, ethnicity, and psychopathology as tropes for articulating the motivations of violent perpetrators. Multiple subject positions and political interests will be considered. Case studies include the Cold War, conflicts, insurgencies urban riots, the genocide, and terrorism. Pre-requisite: a previous course in Anthropology, or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 1301: Anthropology of Homelessness
T 4-6:30pm, TBD
Irene Glasser
Homelessness emerged as a public concern in the United States and in other industrialized countries in the late 1970s as people began encountering people living on the streets, a way of life which had formerly been confined to the skid rows of large cities. In this course, through readings, readings, discussion, and hands on experiences with homeless populations, we will uncover the causes, conditions, and responses to homelessness. Each student will spend at least two hours per week in a local homeless-serving agency in order to gain face to face experiences. The field placements will be facilitated by the professor. LILE

ANTH 1320: Anthropology and International Development – Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Daniel Smith
Examines international development from an ethnographic perspective, looking critically at issues of poverty and progress from local points of view. Course is organized around the premise that culture is central to understanding processes of development. Broad development themes such as public health, agriculture, democracy, and the environment will be explored through readings representing a wide range of regions and cultures. DPLL LILE

ANTH 1491: 1493 – The Spanish Invasion and Its Indigenous Responses in the Americas
M 3-5:20pm, TBD
Parker VanValkenburgh
Drawing on historical sources from the John Carter Brown Library and objects from the Haffenreffer Museum, this course re-examines the history of Ibero-American cultural encounters between 1492 and 1700 AD. Students learn to interpret the different perspectives offered by archaeological and historical evidence to create more nuanced accounts of indigenous social history before and after the Spanish invasion. Topics addressed include cultural (mis)communication, disease and ecological change, roles played by people of African descent, and the legacies of conquest in the present. Special emphasis is placed on the Taíno, Mexica, Inka, Maya and Pueblo cultures. DPLL LILE

ANTH 2310A: Violence, Governance, and Transnationalism
M 3-5:20pm, TBD
Kay Warren
This seminar deals with contemporary anthropological approaches to violence, governance, and transnationalism. As faculty and graduate students, we have worked together to identify important ethnographic experiments that provide novel anthropological framings of major global issues. Our goal is to interrogate anthropological writing, explore its relation to field research, and trace anthropological appropriations of contemporary social theory from a variety of sources. Prerequisites: three previous courses in Anthropology.

COLT 2821N: Around 1948 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Ariella Azoulay, Leela Gandhi
This seminar will look at the year 1948 across international locations and from an interdisciplinary perspective. An array of new nations states, institutions, political and cultural formations and styles emerged at this moment, with the movements of decolonization, the spread of global socialism, and aftermath of the Second World War. We will analyze these events through documents,images, philosophical texts, archives, literary texts from the era. Enrollment limited to 7.

DEVL 1802S: Human Security and Humanitarian Response – Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Adam Levine
Disasters, natural and anthropogenic, pose significant threats to human security. Effective humanitarian action is important for both short and long-term responses to complex emergencies. The array of factors contributing to the economic and human losses experienced in both natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies are vast and complicated, and the strategies employed to mitigate and heal the damage caused by these disturbances must be equal to the task. This course covers diverse topics including the role of NGOs, UN agencies, local governments, peacekeepers and military in humanitarian response; economic impact of humanitarian aid; the evidence base for humanitarian interventions.

ETHN 0090A: The Border/La Frontera
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Evelyn Hu-Dehart
We will examine the historical formation, contemporary reality and popular representation of the U.S.-Mexico border from a bilingual (English-Spanish), multicultural (U.S., Mexican, and Latino), and transnational perspective within the framework of globalization. We will explore the construction of border communities, lives and identities on both sides of the international divide, and pay particular attention to the movement of peoples in both directions. We will read materials, watch films, and conduct class discussions in English and Spanish. Comfort and reasonable proficiency in Spanish is required, but native command is not necessary. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT

ETHN 1038: Contemporary Indigenous Education in North America
M 3-5:20pm, TBD
Adrienne Keene
This course examines education in contemporary contexts for Indigenous students in North America . DPLL

ETHN 1750A: Immigrant Social Movements: Bridging Theory and Practice
T 4-6:20pm, TBD
Kevin Escudero
What is the impact of legal status on the potential for undocumented individuals’ participation in a social movement? Relatedly, how is the heterogeneity of movement participants represented in campaigns and political protest? In this course we will examine the undocumented immigrant movement in the United States today through readings, films and guest lectures from local immigrant rights activists. As part of the course students will be partnered with local community based organizations where they will complete a semester-long internship. DPLL

ETHN 1890H: Introduction to American Indian Studies
TTh 9-10:20am, TBD
Nicholas Laluk
Introduces students to both historical and contemporary issues in North America. Issues of identity, sovereignty, representation and self-representation are key components. Because this course is inter-disciplinary, we will use texts from anthropology, cultural studies, history, film and literature as tools to understand and appreciate the ways in which American Indian cultures survive, flourish and shape the United States. No special background is required. All students are welcome. Enrollment limited to 30.

HIST 0150D: Refugees – A Twentieth-Century History
MWF 1-1:50pm, TBD
Vazira Zamindar
Refugees are arguably the most important social, political and legal category of the twentieth century. This introductory lecture course locates the emergence of the figure of the refugee in histories of border-making, nation-state formation and political conflicts across the twentieth century to understand how displacement and humanitarianism came to be organized as international responses to forms of exclusion, war, disaster and inequality.

HIST 0203: Modern Africa – From Empire to Nation-State
TTh 1-2:20pm, TBD
Jennifer Johnson
This course examines the major historical developments in Africa from 1945 to the present and pays special attention to the diversity of experiences within the vast continent. The first part focuses on Africans’ varied responses to the waning European imperial project and explores different ways in which African nationalist leaders and everyday people challenged colonial administrations to ultimately achieve their independence. The second part of the class investigates the consequences and opportunities of decolonization, including questions of political legitimacy, state-building, structural adjustment programs and international aid, human rights, and civil conflicts.

HIST 0270B: From the Columbian Exchange to Climate Change – Modern Global Environmental History
MWF 12-12:50pm, TBD
Bathsheba Demuth
Environmental stories are constantly in the news, from weird weather to viral outbreaks to concerns about extinction and fracking. In this course, we put current events in the context of the past 500 years, exploring how climate, plants, animals, and microbiota – not just humans –acted as agents in history. From imperialism to the industrial revolution and from global capitalism to environmental activism, we will examine how nature and culture intermingled to create the modern world. This is an introduction to environmental history and assumes no prior courses.

HIST 0577A: The Chinese Diaspora – A History of Globalization
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Evelyn Hu-Dehart
Why are there Chinese in the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Peru? Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines? Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Guam, Samoa? Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Ghana? Spain, Germany, France, Russia, Czech Republic? Mauritius, Madagascar? India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar? Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan? How and when did 50 million Chinese find their way around the world during the past 500 years, from the Ming Dynasty to the present moment? We will explore worldwide distribution of ethnic Chinese through Time (history) and Space (culture) in the so-called “Chinese diaspora,” and examine questions of migration, identity, belonging, politics and conflict. FYS WRIT DPLL

HIST 1272C: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity? The History of Modern France
MWF 12-12:50pm, TBD
Kelly Colvin
This course follows the history of France from the time of Louis XIV to the present, focusing on social and cultural trends, with particular emphasis on the boundaries of French national identity. It asks who belonged to the French nation at key moments in French history, including the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era, industrialization, imperialism, and the two world wars, as well as the complex questions presently facing France. We will examine how inclusions and exclusions during these moments reveal larger themes within French history, such as those dealing with race, class, gender, immigration, and anti-Semitism, amongst others.

HIST 1312: Brazil – From Abolition to Emerging Global Power
TTh 10:30-11:50pm, TBD
James Green
How did Brazil transform itself from a slave society in 1888 to rising international economic and political force? This course will examine the history of Brazil from the end of slavery to the present. We will analyze the reasons for the fall of the Empire and the establishment of a Republic, the transformations that took place as immigrants arrived from Europe, Japan, and the Middle East in the early twentieth century, and the search for new forms of national identity. We will study the rise of authoritarian regimes and the search for democratic governance in more recent years.

HIST 1735: Slavery in the Early Modern World
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, TBD
Adam Teller
There were multiple forms of slavery in the Early Modern world. We will look at three major systems: Mediterranean slavery and the Barbary Corsairs, Black Sea slavery and slave elites of the Ottoman Empire, and the Atlantic triangular trade. We will examine the religious, political, racial, and economic bases for these slave systems, and compare the experiences of individual slaves and slave societies. Topics discussed include gender and sexuality (e.g. the institution of the Harem and the eunuchs who ran it), the connection between piracy and slavery, and the roles of slavery in shaping the Western world. WRIT DPLL P

HIST 1974J: Decolonizing Minds: A People’s History of the World
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Vazira Zamindar
This seminar is an experiment in thinking a global history of the making of the modern world. We read texts that track the movement of 
ideas, peoples and goods, the formation of political and economic inequalities and the continuous struggles of ordinary people against them. From empires to nation-states, from anti-imperialist nationalist struggles to transnational radical movements, this seminar grapples with the politics of knowledge for drawing out “fugitive” lineages of the past that we need to shape our collective future. No overrides will be given before the semester begins. Interested students must attend first class meeting.

HIST 1976H: Environmental History of Latin America 1492-Present
F 3-5:20pm, TBD
Daniel Rodriguez
From the development of sugar as the major slave commodity of the 18th century Caribbean to the “Water Wars” in the Bolivian highlands at the turn of the 21st century, race, labor, and imperialism in Latin America have been shaped in relation to the natural environment. This course explores the role of the environment in the colonial and modern history of Latin America. Together, we will examine how the environment shaped the processes of conquest, displacement, settlement, and trade, as well as how these processes transformed the natural environment throughout the hemisphere. WRIT

HIST 1962B: Life During Wartime – Theory and Sources from the Twentieth Century
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Rebecca Nedostup
This course asks how we are to understand war as everyday experience, and what separates war from, or connects it to, the other great movements of mass social and political disruption that the twentieth century has seen. The first part of the semester will examine different frameworks scholars and thinkers have proposed for understanding war as modern experience (militarization, trauma, collective memory, states of exception, etc.) In the second part we will investigate the uses and limitations of specific types of primary sources, drawn from China’s war with Japan. Students will choose their own topics for final projects.

HIST 1967F: The Maya in the Modern World
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Robert Douglas Cope
This seminar focuses on the Maya in postcolonial Guatemala. The main theme is the evolving relationship between indigenous peoples and the nation-state. Topics include peasant rebellions in the nineteenth century, the development and redefinition of ethnic identities, the military repression of the 1970s and 1980s, the Rigoberta Menchú controversy, and the Maya diaspora in Mexico and the United States. Enrollment limited to 20. WRIT

HIST 1969B: Israel-Palestine – Lands and Peoples II
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Omer Bartov
This advanced undergraduate seminar seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the links between the region now known as Israel and Palestine and the peoples that have inhabited it or have made it into part of their mental, mythical. and religious landscape throughout history. The course will be interdisciplinary at its very core, engaging the perspectives of historians, geologists, geographers, sociologists, scholars of religion and the arts, politics and media. At the very heart of the seminar is the question: What makes for the bond between groups and place – real or imagined, tangible or ephemeral. No prerequisites required. WRIT

HIST 1969C: Debates in Middle Eastern History
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Sreemati Mitter
This seminar investigates the historical bases of some of the major debates which continue to dominate contemporary discussions on the Middle East. These include debates on colonialism and its legacies; problems associated with the post-colonial Middle Eastern state (the “democracy deficit”: human rights; oil; political Islam); and arguments about the causes and consequences of some of the major events in Middle Eastern history (the Israel-Palestinian conflict; the Iranian revolution; the Lebanese civil war; 9/11 and the Iraq invasion; and the Arab Spring).

HIST 1969D: Palestine vs the Palestinians
F 3-5:30pm, TBD
Beshara Doumani
Who are the Palestinians? How and when did they become a “people”? What are the historical forces that led to the creation of Palestine, then its transformation into Israel? Underlying these questions is a tremendous tension between the historical evolution of Palestine and the Palestinians, as if one could exist only at the expense of the other. To explore this tension between identity and territory, students are introduced to recent scholarship that unsettles nationalist narratives and suggests alternative narratives. Enrollment limited to 20. Not open to first year students.

HIST 1970A: Colonial Encounters – Indians, Europeans, and the Making of Early America
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Linford Fisher
This seminar explores Native American histories and cultures in North America, primarily through the multiple and overlapping points of contact and coexistence with Europeans from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Although we will be reading widely in the very interesting recent literature in the field, a major component of the class is to investigate in a practical way the problem of sources for understanding and writing about American Indian history. As a senior capstone seminar, the final project is a substantial research paper. Enrollment limited to 20. P WRIT

HIST 2891N: Moral Panic and the Politics of Fear
W 3-5:30pm, Sharpe 107
Jennifer Lambe
What are the political uses and content of fear? This course traces the politics of panic as a window onto state, stigma, and society by pairing foundational readings in culture studies with historical monographs grounded in case studies. Over the course of the semester, we will consider such themes as: the mobilization of fear as a strategy of governance; sexuality, sickness, and disgust; the political logic of backlash; racial terror and colonialism; paranoia and conspiracy theories; popular culture and elite repression and appropriation; and the supernatural inflection of fear politics.

HIST 2971U: Population Displacements and the Making of the Modern World
Th 4-6:20pm, TBD
Beshara Doumani
Forced population displacements have long been an engine for the formation of the modern world as well as for producing modern knowledge regimes about that world. This course explores the histories, ecologies, and subjectivities of displacement from the colonial conquest of the Americas and the slave trade, through industrialization and rise of nation states to the massive dislocations of the 20th century and the era of climate change. It also interrogates the epistemological erasures that render certain forms of displacement invisible. This course features guest speakers and participation in the workshops and conference of Mellon Sawyer Seminar on displacement.

JUDS 0050H: Israel’s Wars
TTh 9-10:20am, TBD
Rachel Rojanski
Israel’s history has unfolded under the shadow of its prolonged conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors. This first year seminar will survey the military aspect of this conflict. The major aim of the course is to present an historical survey of the Israeli-Arab wars and Jewish-Palestinian encounters in the 20th century. This will provide some of the necessary background for understanding the present phase of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, and help in comprehending the roots and causes of contemporary controversies between Israel and the Palestinians and/or its Arab neighboring states. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS

JUDS 0061: Foreigners, Refugees, and the Ethics of Minority
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, TBD
Paul Nahme
This class interrogates the legal and ethical definitions of persons and homelands by examining the relationship between concepts of native and foreigner, hospitality and neighbour, refuge and exile, minority and majority. We will adopt historical, philosophical, and legal perspectives and take the Jewish historical experience of exile and minority as a jumping off point for discussing the contemporary refugee and migration crisis. The goal of this class is to contextualize liberal democratic debates over rights to migration and mobility with historical religious and moral sources as well as to explore the possibilities for social integration of difference within pluralism. DPLL LILE WRIT

JUDS 0902: History of the Holocaust
TTh 10:30-11:50am, TBD
Adam Teller
Explores questions raised by the Holocaust regarding how such barbarism erupted in our so-called civilized and enlightened age. Attempts to analyze the meaning of the Holocaust from three vantage points: that of European, and more particularly, German history; that of Jewish history; and that of those states and religious institutions which shared responsibility. Enrollment limited to 40. If unable to enroll because of closed registration please contact the professor and a wait list will be created. DPLL LILE WRIT

MCM 1203Q: Potential History Lab – What is Slavery?
TTh 1-2:20pm, TBD
Ariella Azoulay
Is Slavery over? Using photographs, films, paintings and objects as records of slavery we will study slavery as a condition that concerns the the enslaved people, people enslaving, and their descendants who continue to share the political space. We will ask what it means to end such a long lasting political and economic condition, while the riches and treasures produced by those who were enslaved have never been restituted or redistributed. Focusing mainly on the US and Congo, students will create visual archives and use them as a critical tool for studying slavery as a lasting political and scopic regimes. DPLL LILE
Prerequisite: one previous Modern Culture and Media course. Enrollment limited to 50 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The final class list, based on prerequisites, will be determined by the instructor after the first class meeting. Students interested in the class who have not fulfilled the prerequisite may apply to the instructor for permission to enroll. Students MUST register for the primary meeting and the film screening.

MES 1999E: Displacement and Refugees in the Middle East
TTh 1-2:20pm, TBD
Sarah Tobin
Displacement and refugees constitute one of the most significant sources of upheaval, instability, and uncertainty in our time. In 100 years, the Middle East saw waves of displaced persons, with no singular explanation and no end in sight: Armenians, Circassians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Yazidis, Kurds, and Syrians. The impetuses for displacement include wars, fall of empires and nations, crafting of new states, and modernization attempts and environmental disasters. These stories of displacement are distinctive for their multitude of causes and protracted defiance of resolutions. They challenge the narratives of the durability of nation-states, ascendancy of capitalism, and emplaced, “timeless” Arab populations. DPLL

MGRK 1210: A Migration Crisis? Displacement, Materiality, and Experience
TTh 10:30-11:50, TBD
Yannis Hamilakis
In the past few years, we have all experienced, most of us through the media, what has been called a migration crisis.  And yet, migration as a phenomenon did not appear in 2015; it is as old as humanity, and displacement and contemporary forced migration have also a long history.  In this course, we will examine the historical, material and experiential dimension of contemporary displacement and migration.  Many of the examples will be from Greece but also other parts of the Mediterranean and beyond, including from the Mexico-US border.

POLS 1380: Ethnic Politics and Conflict
MWF 1-1:50pm, TBD
Linda Cook
Course focuses on the politics of rising national consciousness and the development of ethnic conflicts. It covers sources of contemporary nationalism; nationalist political mobilization; emergence of conflicts; impact on societies of internal strife and wars; international interventions; explanations for resolution or persistence of conflict; politics of post-conflict states. The course combines analytical texts and case studies. Cases from Eastern and Western Europe, North America, South Asia, and Africa.

POLS 1822U: War and Human Rights
W 3-5:20pm, TBD
Nina Tannenwald
This seminar will begin by studying the rise and spread of the notion of human rights, examining some of the core debates over human rights, including their enforcement in times of war. It will then turn to the laws of war, focusing especially on the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the challenges posed to the Conventions by the rise of non-state actors wielding significant violence. Topics include child soldiers, war crimes, humanitarian intervention, torture, targeted killings, humanitarianism, and the international justice. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors concentrating in Political Science or International Relations. WRIT

POLS 2165: Territorial Conflict
Th 1-3:20pm, TBD
Jordan Branch
This graduate seminar examines the relationship between territory and conflict. Territorial claims have been central to numerous violent and intractable disputes, both between states and within them. Why, how, and when does territory become the subject of violent conflict? Topics covered in this seminar include the origins of territoriality, historical and contemporary territorial disputes, and theoretical explanations for these conflicts. Graduate students only.

POLS 2320: Ethnic Conflict
M 1:30-4, TBD
Ashutosh Varshney
What is ethnicity? What does it share with nationalism and in what respects is it different? Why do ethnic groups fight violently and kill wantonly, especially after living peacefully for a long time? Under what conditions do they manage their relations peacefully? Do people participate in ethnic insurgencies because of greed or grievance? Will ethnic groups disappear as modernity proceeds further? These questions will guide our intellectual journey over the semester. Graduate students only; qualified undergraduates with instructor’s permission. Enrollment limited to 14.




FALL 2016

AFRI 0090: An Introduction to Africana Studies
TTh 1-2:20pm, Bio Med Center 291
Francoise Hamlin
This course introduces students to the vibrant and contested field of Africana Studies by critically exploring and analyzing the links and disjunctures in the cultural, political, and intellectual practices and experiences of people of African descent throughout the African diaspora. Beginning with a critical overview of the history, theoretical orientations, and multiple methodological strategies of the discipline, the course is divided into three thematic units that examine intellectuals, politics, and movements; identity construction and formation; and literary, cultural, and aesthetic theories and practices in the African diaspora. DPLL LILE WRIT

AFRI 0210: Afro Latin Americans and Blackness in the Americas
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, Churchill House 106
Anani Dzidzienyo
This course focuses on the position of Blacks in the national histories and societies of Latin America from slavery to the present-day. Emphasis is on a multidisciplinary engagement with issues and the exposure of students to the critical discussion of national images and realities about blackness and Africa-descended institutions and practices. The role of racial issues in national and transnational encounters and the consequences of migration of people and ideas within the hemisphere are explored. DPLL

ANTH 0110: Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
MWF 11-11:50am, Metcalf Auditorium
Sarah Besky
This course offers students an opportunity to examine and analyze a range of contemporary global social problems from an anthropological perspective. We will explore human-environment entanglements with particular attention to intersecting issues of capitalism, international development, and state and non-state governance. Course materials will look at various kinds of work in, on, and with the environment, asking questions about the possibilities of over-working our landscapes, while addressing the potentials for social and environment justice and sustainability. LILE

ANTH 1224: Human Trafficking, Transnationalism, and the Law
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, Giddings House 212
Kay B. Warren
Designed to give students an opportunity to engage in transnational research on social issues through an extended case study of a new generation of international norms that identify and combat “human trafficking.” The course format combines seminar discussions, lectures, and small group exercises. Students will learn by doing. As we consider legal instruments, UN and U.S. documentary archives, anti-trafficking media such as films and websites, and the prosecution of criminal networks, we will experiment with alternative methodologies for analyzing them. We will study the relation of texts to the social and political contexts of their production and circulation. Enrollment limited to 30. DPLL LILE WRIT

ANTH 1624: Indians, Colonists, and Africans in New England
TTh 10:30-11:50am, 130 Hope St (Feinstein Building)
Patricia Rubertone
The course explores the colonial and capitalist transformation of New England’s social and cultural landscapes following European contact. Using archaeology as critical evidence, we will examine claims about conquest, Indian Extinction, and class, gender and race relations by studying the daily lives and interactions of the area’s diverse Native American, African American, and European peoples. DPLL LILE

ARAB 1990B: Advanced Egyptian Arabic: Displacement and Diaspora in a Modernizing Egypt
Alla Hassan
This is a course offered to students with at least six semesters of language study experience. Students must be comfortable with the script, sounds, structure and grammar of the language. The course will familiarize students with one of the major colloquial variants of contemporary Arabic. Egyptian Arabic is the dialect of Egyptian citizens and is used predominantly in everyday communication. Students will acquire proficiency by examining content-based sources related to its theme of displacement. Sources will range from books and articles to video clips, social media posts and accounts by speakers and guests.

CLAS 1120E: Slavery in the Ancient World
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, JWW 202
John P. Bodel
Examines the institution of slavery in the ancient world, from Mesopotamia and the Near East to the great slave societies of classical Greece and (especially) imperial Rome; comparison of ancient and modern slave systems; modern views of ancient slavery from Adam Smith to Hume to Marx to M.I. Finley. Readings in English. LILE

DEVL 1802R: The History and Politics of Development in the Middle East
Th 4-6:30pm
Elizabeth R. Williams
This course examines from a critical perspective the impact and legacies of development projects in the Middle East. After considering the historical emergence of development as a concept and some general critiques, we will explore its more specific deployment in the context of the Middle East. Readings will address its discursive frameworks as well as the economic, political, environmental, and social dynamics it has shaped through its definition of instrumental categories, objects, and spaces. We will also consider how these dynamics have contributed to the recent uprisings in the region. Priority given to DS seniors. WRIT

HIST 0232: Clash of Empires in Latin America
MWF 11-11:50am, Bio Med Center B13
Robert Douglas Cope
Examines Latin America as the scene of international rivalry from the 16th to the 19th century. Topics include comparative colonization, the transatlantic slave trade, privateering and piracy in the Caribbean, and the creation of an “Atlantic world.” P

HIST 0244: Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present
TTh 2:30-3:50pm, Salomon Center 001
Sreemati Mitter
This course is an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East from the mid-19th C to the present. Readings and topics are structured chronologically, and emphasize the key events and turning points in the political and economic history of the region. The goal of the course is to understand how the Middle East, as it is today, has been shaped by the events of the past.

HIST 0557B: Slavery, Race, and Racism
M 3-5:30pm, Sayles 204
Emily Owens
This seminar will address the history of race and racism as it relates to the history of slavery in America. We will trace the emergence of slavery in the New World, with a heavy emphasis on slavery in the U.S. South. The course is broad in scope, beginning with the emergence of the slave trade and concluding with a look forward to the ways that the history of slavery continues to impact the way race structures our lives today. In short, this course provides an introduction to slavery studies and to the history of race in America. FYS DPLL WRIT

HIST 1968: Approaches to the Middle East
W 3-5:30pm, JWW 402
Beshara Doumani
This seminar introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Middle East Studies in the broader context of the history of area studies in the humanities and social sciences. Why and when did the Middle East become an area of study? What are the approaches and topics that have shaped the development of this field? And what are the political implications of contending visions for its future? The readings sample canonical and alternative works and the classes feature visits by leading scholars who research and write on this region. WRIT

HIST 2981: Theory from the South
T 12-2:30pm, Sharpe 107
Vazira F-Y Zamindar
The “global south” is a working category today for a diversity of intellectual projects centered on the non-European postcolonial world. While this category is embedded in histories of empire and culture, critical thinking since the 1970s has already done much to “provincialize Europe” and interrogate the ways in which power and knowledge have been imbricated in the making of universal claims, institutional processes and historical self-understanding. This graduate seminar will draw upon lineages of anti-colonial thought and postcolonial critique to relocate and rethink the “south” as a generative source for theory and history.

MES 0750: Forced Displacement: History, Ecologies and Impacts
TTh 10:30-11:50am, Watson Institute 114
Vikram Thakur
Course covers the basis, processes and consequences of forced displacement in an interdisciplinary and historical perspective. Forced displacement is unintended mobility of humans in large groups who move out of their place of origin for extended periods or often permanently. It has played a vital role in shaping our modern world. Drivers of forced displacement have persisted while others subsided. Wars, religious persecution and targeting of specific ethnic groups displace millions annually. Forced displacement is implicated in the creation of nation states, altering group identities and organizing people, and the responses of the host community, the state and wider world.

MES 1200: Visual Politics in the Contemporary Middle East
MWF 11-11:50am, Sayles 105
Hanan Toukan
The course examines visual politics in contemporary Middle Eastern society and grapples with fundamental debates in the study of the cultural politics and visual cultures of the Arab region in a global context. We will contextualise the region’s contemporary visual cultures within wider debates and scholarship on the construction of subjectivities, the distribution of power, the formation of identity and belonging, and culture and representation. Emphasis is on translation and reception in a global context and transnational frame by focusing on how states and security, conflicts and displacements, social movements and revolution, aesthetics, art and global media are linked, characterized, analyzed. DPLL

MCM 0901W: The Space Within: Contemporary Borderland Moving Image Practice
T 4-6:30pm, 155 George St 106
Francisco Monar
In this course we will examine post-NAFTA moving images that take as their subject the culture and politics of the Mexico-US Borderlands. We will tackle problems such as globalization, neoliberalism, the drug war, securitization, migration, biopolitics, and femicide. To make our claims we will place importance on film form as we unpack how the films figure and/or represent the bodies and spaces of the Borderlands. More, we will think seriously about how the concepts we adopt—including that of “border” itself—function as epistemological tools. This will be a course for those invested in Borderland issues and political moving image practice.

POLS 1500: The International Law and Politics of Human Rights
MWF 11-11:50am, Bio Med Center 291
Nina Tannenwald
Introduces students to the law and politics of international human rights; examines the construction of an international human rights regime and its influence on international politics. Will survey the actors and organizations involved in the promotion of human rights around the globe, as well as the obstacles. Will review competing conceptions of human rights, whether human rights are universal, problems of enforcement, and the role of human rights in foreign policy. Major topics include civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; genocide, torture, women’s rights, humanitarian intervention, and the international criminal court.  POLS 0400 strongly encouraged as a prerequisite.

Mellon Sawyer Seminar

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