AN 316/716 Ethnography of Contemporary Europe
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-11am
Does Europe have a “problem” with its immigrants? Or are the immigrants themselves the problem? Are old forms of racism and xenophobia rearing their heads in the “new” Europe? Or are contemporary Islamophobia and anti-Semitism new to an “old” Europe? What and where is Europe anyway? Is it Christian? Judeo-Christian? Secular? Can it include “Muslim” Turkey? And what exactly might it mean to be European today?
If these questions interest you, this class is for you. In it, we will examine how various European identities (national, religious, regional, and racial) are being maintained, challenged, and transformed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Through close readings of recent European ethnographies about France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, and Bosnia, the class will explore a number of crucial Europe-wide social issues: post-colonial immigration, religious diversity and renewal, the rise of often racist ethno-nationalism, and European (dis)integration. At the same time, the course will highlight intra-European differences that shape regional and national responses to these issues.
No prerequisites. Fulfills social science distribution requirement.