HISTORY 430 - History, Memory, and Silence in the Middle East
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History

This seminar is an exploration in the anthropological approaches to the study of history and memory. It introduces and problematizes the concept of ‘silence’ in the empty archives, the ruptured oral historical accounts, and the fragments left behind by past events. Taking the demise of the Ottoman Empire as a starting point, the readings probe into the history, historiography, and historicity of minorities, refugees, genocide survivors, as well as undocumented populations and unarchived events to navigate the following questions: How do we trace and represent the past in the aftermath of violence and destruction? How do we conduct research when the evidence is destroyed? What constitutes ‘evidence’ for history? How could we entertain (im)material remnants of the past to rethink our understanding of the ‘archive’? The readings are anchored in the ethnography of the Middle East and North Africa, with a comparative reference to the Balkans. We take the Armenian genocide and the politics of its historiography, commemoration, and denial as a case study. This course satisfies the major requirements for History, Anthropology, and Middle East Studies.

Course Requirements:

2 essays and a final project.

Class Format:

Seminar discussion.

HISTORY 430 - History, Memory, and Silence in the Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 9780822359012
Visual occupations : violence and visibility in a conflict zone, Author: Hochberg, Gil Z., 1969-
ISBN: 9780226123745
Saharan Jews and the fate of French Algeria, Author: Stein, Sarah Abrevaya., Publisher: The University of Chicago Press 2014
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Warring souls : youth, media, and martyrdom in post-revolution Iran, Author: Varzi, Roxanne, 1971-, Publisher: Duke University Press 2006
ISBN: 9780520297975
The political lives of saints : Christian-Muslim mediation in Egypt, Author: Heo, Angie.
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