HIST 670: Comparative Diasporas (3)

This course considers various theories of diaspora (including whether the Jewish experience should be considered a model for diaspora culture), as well as several of the most prominent "new diasporic" formation in the modern period, such as the Black Atlantic, South and East Asian diasporas, and the Romani (or "Gypsies"). Our study of these diasporas helps us to rethink relations among politics, territory and identity in our time. We consider the way rhetorics of collective memory and ethnohistory contribute to the maintenance of group identities outside the homeland. Our focus on diasporas also helps us to gain a clearer sense of the historical origins, and the possible futures of nation-states as the basic building blocks of human polity. LEC
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