Five College Consortium

Urban Ethnographies

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Critical Social Inquiry

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Hampshire College
In this advanced seminar we will focus on thinking about the Middle East, its politics and geographies, through reading and engaging with a fine collection of contemporary ethnographies of urban life in the region. The course requires reading and engaging both orally and in written form with one book per week. The selected ethnographies discuss a range of issues in different cities in the Middle East: from piety to secular aspirations, from consent to protest, from poetry to music, from local gendered neighborhood politics to the regional politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and from archaeology to construction. Building on these fine-grained bottom-up readings emerging from the Middle East, we will interrogate constructed notions of statehood and modernities, religion and secularism, public and private, gender and masculinity, social movements and militarization, wealth and poverty, peace and conflict, and histories and futures. Prerequisite: Student must have taken a course in Middle East Studies or Urban Studies.

Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Prerequisite: Prior course in Middle East Studies or Urban Studies

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Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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This course has unspecified prerequisite(s) - please see the instructor.

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Urban Ethnographies
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Hiba Bou Akar

01:00PM-03:50PM W

Franklin Patterson Hall 101