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Cornell University    
  Jan 21, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 3456 - [Comparative Diasporas]

(crosslisted) JWST 3556 , NES 3556  
(GB) (CA-AS)      
Fall. Next offered 2019-2020. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ANTHR 6456 /JWST 6556 /NES 6556 .

J. Boyarin.

The course begins with review of certain recent theories of diaspora, especially by anthropologists, and then contrasts the diaspora form of social organization to the nation-state. The rest of the semester is taken up with readings in some of the classic ancient and modern diasporas, such as the East Asian, Roma-Sinta (Gypsy), African, Palestinian and Jewish, with special references to the mutual shaping of diasporic populations and their religious engagements. Throughout the course, we will be attentive to the recent shift in scholarly and theoretical discourses from a view of diaspora as pathological or abnormal to a view of diaspora as a risky, yet creative and fruitful relation between politics and culture.

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