Sunday, October 6, 2013
Profs. Randa Jad-Moussa and Alejandro Meter will take students to the United Arab Emirates and Argentina (respectively) during Intersession 2014.
Prof. Jad-Moussa's course, ARAB 294: Arabic Literature in Translation, fulfills the Core Curriculum literature requirement. It focuses on the contemporary cultures and societies of the Arab world and will develop an understanding of the political, social, and religious realities of the modern Arab world through literature. The class will provide an overview of the role that modernization and globalization play in shaping these realities. A selection of contemporary Arabic literature will be read in English translation, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. Current socio-cultural change in the Arab world will be highlighted with an emphasis on topics such as tradition, gender relations, and cultural pluralism. Cultural nuances are introduced and learned through interaction with a variety of multi-media material of videos, podcasts, reading material and still photos.
With 85% of the population of Dubai being foreign-born, Dubai is a highly cosmopolitan society with a diverse and vibrant culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine, and lifestyle are very prominent as well. Students enrolled in this course will have ample opportunities to interact with Arabs from a variety of professional, educational and sub-cultural backgrounds, which will add to the richness of their experience.
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
SPAN 494/LATS 494: Argentina: Memory and Justice , taught by Prof. Meter in Buenos Aires, is an intensive three-week language and culture immersion course which will explore the politics of memory in post-dictatorial Argentina and study the role played by the “sites of memory” such as museums and monuments and their effects in the construction of a national identity. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural production that has resulted from the tensions between memory and forgetting by examining literary works, art, photography and music.
Pre-requisite(s): Span 303 and Span 304 or equivalent OR Instructor Consent .