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Pitzer College    
  Jan 18, 2018
2016-2017 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTH 098 PZ -The Modern State and History: the Israeli Case

Institution: Pitzer

Description: This seminar examines relationships between the Israeli state and historical remembering, particularly in regard to four moments: (i) the reported exile following the Bar Kokhba revolt of the second century, (ii) the Holocaust, (iii) the establishment of the Israeli state, and (iv) the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. The seminar’s examination of the Israeli state’s relationship to historical remembering is preceded by consideration of (i) the scholarly literature on the social construction of races, nations, and peoples, and (ii) debates about the desirability of “neutrality” and “balance” in courses on controversial, potentially incendiary topics (such as this course, obviously). Materials used in the course include films (such as, “A Film Unfinished,” “Paradise Now,” and “Gatekeeepers”), as well as readings by such figures as Nadia Abu El-Haj, Rashid Khalidi, Amos Oz, Edward Said, and Shlomo Sand. The seminar concludes by considering what the Israeli case tells us more generally about modern states and historical remembering.

Prerequisite(s): HIST 011 PZ/ANTH 011 PZ or (in exceptional cases) permission of the instructor. Please also check the current course schedule for requirements.

Cross-listing: HIST098 PZ

For up-to-date information on current course offerings and details, please refer to the Pitzer class schedule on MyCampus2 Portal.

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