Anthropology | SEM: MIGRATIONS AND DIASPORAS
E400 | 0418 | Bahloul
This course is devoted to the analysis and discussion of one of the major
global processes observed in human behavior in modern times. The focus
will be on international migration. Why do people migrate? Where do they
go and why? How do they migrate and how do they integrate into the host
societies? How do the mainstream societies welcome them? By which social,
economic, cultural, and political processes? These are the questions
students will have to explore and try to answer. The course takes both a
theoretical and an ethnographic approach. We shall cover a large number of
situations and geographical areas of migration, in Europe, the Middle
East, the Americas and Asia. Students will have an opportunity to deal
with a variety of social and cultural forms of expression of the migrants'
condition, in family organization, religious practice, collective memory,
the arts, associations. They will have a unique opportunity to conduct a
fieldwork project here in Bloomington, under the instructor's direction
and methodological support. This is intended to encourage students to have
a practical understanding of migration and diaspora.
Undergraduate: mid-term examination (20%); fieldwork project (35%);
Reading review (25%); class participation (20%)
Graduate: reading review (30%); 2 class presentations (35%); fieldwork
1. The following books are available for required purchase at I.U.
Bookstore and at T.I.S. Bookstore:
- Brah A., 1996, Cartographies of Diaspora, Routledge.
- Bretell C., 1995, We Have Already Cried Many Tears, Waveland Press.
- Malkki L., 1995, Purity and Exile, Univ. of Chicago Press.
- Mirzoeff N., (ed.), 2000, Diaspora and Visual Culture, Routledge.
- Sassen S., 1999, Guests and Aliens, The New Press.
2. Their will also be a reader available for required purchase at T.I.S.