ANTHRCUL 430 - History, Memory, and Silence in the Middle East
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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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:

Weekly response papers, short presentations, and one final paper/project (no exams).

Intended Audience:

This course is open for juniors, seniors and graduate students. Interested PhD students needing a higher course number should contact the instructor.

Class Format:

Seminar discussion


ANTHRCUL 430 - History, Memory, and Silence in the Middle East
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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