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Fall 2019 Graduate Courses

Please note: Course offerings subject to change.

HIST 77XXX: U.S. History, From Colonies to 1821
Instructor: Contreras

HIST 77444: Women and Gender in Islam
Instructor: Kern
The position of women in the Middle East has aroused much interest in the West. The most common, media-generated view claims that Muslim women are victims of a medieval, unchanging, religious-based construction of male-female relationships. In response to this negative stereotyping, academics in the West and in the Muslim world have attempted to present a more balanced, better-informed view. Nevertheless, the question of women’s status remains ideologically charged. In this course we examine through translated works the various roles that women have assumed since the sixth century by looking at biographies of women warriors, religious scholars, political leaders, and Sufi mystics. We also examine legal texts to ascertain the ideal role of women in society as well as legal prescriptions on their rights and responsibilities and attitudes towards the body that involve questions of sexuality, purity, fertility and seclusion. Finally we look at the wide variety of experiences of Muslim women today, in particular those who are full participants in political and social life, and women who are finding their identity through participation in modern revivalist movements. 

HIST 77XXX: African-American History
Instructors: Haywood

HIST 7741J: Refugees and the Making of the Modern World
Instructor: Rosenthal
Following the mass popular displacements of WWII, a group of diplomats came together to create the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees-- the bases of the international refugee regime that has endured to the present. We will explore the processes that led to the creation of the modern international refugee regime and how international refugee law has evolved in response to conflicts and emergencies "on the ground." Throughout, we will question the category of the "refugee," and interrogate the methods by which refugees, as individuals and as groups, have sought to control and alter their positions under national and international authorities. Topics will include notions of migration and asylum, the creation and evolution of international refugee law, refugees, stateless people, economic migrants, and decolonization. We will have case studies of European, Palestinian, Thai, Ethiopian, Haitian, and Cuban "refugees," among others.

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