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Producing Territory: People, Goods and Values on the Move (442-0-1)


Emrah Yildiz
1819 Hinman Ave, #103
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1-3pm
Emrah Yıldız joins the Department of Anthropology and the Middle East and North African Studies Program and as an Assistant Professor. His work is a historical anthropology of routes of mobility in the tri-border area among Iran, Turkey and Syria. His research lies at the intersection of historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, visitation and pilgrimage in Islam as well as smuggling and contraband commerce in global political economy.

Meeting Info

ANTHRO Sem Rm 104 - 1810 Hinmn: Wed 5:00PM - 7:50PM

Overview of class

"What is territory? Is it simply the physical space (land, air or sea) over which a state exercises sovereignty? How does this presumed alignment of territory and sovereignty come about and get maintained? This course examines these questions by proposing that territories products of mobile social actors, contraband commodities and fluctuating values as much as they are of state policies aimed at managing these movement.
Social Behavioral Sciences Distro Area"

Evaluation Method

Students will be evaluated on the basis of two 7-10 page papers (50%) and class participation (50%)—which includes the submission of 7 reading responses, and co-leading discussion in one class session. Attendance and active participation are mandatory: undocumented and unexcused absences will affect your grade, as will non-participation in discussion.

Class Materials (Required)

"All required texts apart from the following monographs can be found under files on the course website.
Nadia Abu El-Haj. 2002. Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN-13: 978-0226001951
Naor Ben-Yehoyada, 2017. The Mediterranean Incarnate: Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. | ISBN-13: 978-0226451022
Amitav Ghosh, 1993. In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale. New York, NY: Knopf. | ISBN-13: 978-0679727835
Cyrus Schayegh, 2017. The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0674088337
Eric Tagliacozzo, 2005. Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865- 1915. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. | ISBN-13: 978-0300089684
Rihan Yeh, 2017. Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. | ISBN-13: 978-0226511917"

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for Graduate Students.