Anthropology | The Ethnography of Europe
E387 | 28108 | Bahloul


In addition to being a place on the map and a large variety of peoples
and cultures, Europe is also an idea, an identity and a specific
historical consciousness. This seminar will explore this idea and its
meaning in the development of cultural anthropology. Europe has
acquired a new status as an object of ethnographic enquiry a few
decades ago, and has generated major theoretical debates in social
anthropology. Students will attempt to define the cultural and social
boundaries of "Europe" as a "cultural area".  In addition, they will
discuss such issues as regional identities, gender and the family,
religion, politics, ethnicity, migration and nationalism, rural vs.
urban society.

Course requirements:
A.	For undergraduate students:
1.  Reading annotations in 4 submissions (40%);
3.  Research paper or fieldwork exercise (45%);
4.  Class attendance and participation (15%).
B.	For graduate students:
1.   Reading annotations in 4 submissions (40%);
2.   Two orals presentations (20%);
3.   Research paper or fieldwork project (40%).

Required reading:
Beriss, David, 2004, Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity
and Activism in Urban France, Westview Press.
Herzfeld, Michael, 1997, Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the
Nation-State, Routledge. (Only for graduate students)
Herzfeld, Michael, 2009, Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of
Modern Rome, U.of Chicago Press.
Mintz, Jerome R., 1997, Carnival Song and Society: Gossip, Sexuality
and Creativity in Andalusia, Berg.
Parman, Susan, 1998, Europe in the Anthropological Imagination,
Prentice Hall.
Silverstein, Paul, 2004, Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and
Nation, IU Press