ALP

Geopolitics and Globalization: From Bosnia to Afghanistan

Study of countries on the geographical periphery of the commonly defined Middle East: Bosnia, Turkey, Armenia, Chechnya, Iran, and Afghanistan. All of these countries have deep Middle Eastern ties and traditions, sizeable communities with Middle Eastern origins and connections, and recent histories of cultural and ethnic conflict and violence. Exploration of how the Middle Eastern components and histories in these conflicts have been distorted and obscured as the conflicts have been depicted through the lenses of U.S. or Soviet/Russian geopolitical interests. One course.

Geopolitics & Globalization: From Bosnia to Afghanistan

Study of countries on the geographical periphery of the commonly defined Middle East: Bosnia, Turkey, Armenia, Chechnya, Iran, and Afghanistan. All of these countries have deep Middle Eastern ties and traditions, sizeable communities with Middle Eastern origins and connections, and recent histories of cultural and ethnic conflict and violence. Exploration of how the Middle Eastern components and histories in these conflicts have been distorted and obscured as the conflicts have been depicted through the lenses of U.S. or Soviet/Russian geopolitical interests. One course.

The Turks: From Ottoman Empire to European Union

Readings in history, cultural studies, and literature to examine transformation in Ottoman identity during rise and decline of empire. Topics include Islam, art and architecture, historiography, and ethnicity. Social and political forces that led to Ottoman successes and failure, including religious tolerance, military power, and Capitulations. Interdisciplinary focus. Taught in English. Open only to students in the Focus Program. One course.

Language, Culture, and Myth: The Slavic Proverb

The sources of the Slavic proverb, the proverb as microtext of national stereotypes, and its function in modern literature and culture. West, South and East Slavic proverbs contrasted with other Indo-European language families. Theoretical aspects include explications of the relationship of language and culture and problems of translation. Taught in English or Russian. Readings in Russian with excerpts from other Slavic languages. Taught in St. Petersburg, Russia. One course.

Russian Art and Politics: 1800-Present

Historical and contemporary engagement of visual culture – painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic arts, film, photography – with the political sphere in Russia from the early nineteenth century to the present. Interactions between artists, art critics, censors, government authorities, and the public indicating how visual culture both responded to demands from the political sphere and shaped the political discourse of the day. One course.

Fragmented Memories: Polish and Polish Jewish Culture Through Film.

Analyzes, compares, and assesses representations of Polish Christians and Polish Jews—their life experiences, interactions, shared and separate fates—in documentaries and fiction films made in Poland from the 1930s to the present day. Includes films by Wajda, Polanski, Munk, Kieslowski; also a 2008 documentary about pre-World War II Christian-Jewish relations in Poland by Jolanta Dylewska. All films screened with English subtitles. One course.

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