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Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
HIST B156-001The Long 1960'sSecond Half / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM TFRemote InstructionUllman,S.
HIST B226-001Topics in 20th Century European History: History of the BodySecond Half / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFRemote InstructionBooth,D.
HIST B237-001Themes in Modern African History: Public History in AfricaSecond Half / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionNgalamulume,K.
HIST B253-001Themes in Modern Europe: Europe in the Global AgeSecond Half / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM TFRemote InstructionBooth,D.
HIST B256-001Disciplining Bodies in Motion: Migration & Colonial ModernitySecond Half / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Kale,M.
HIST B268-001Telling Bryn Mawr Histories: Topics, Sources, and MethodsSecond Half / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 7:00 PM TRemote InstructionGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B299-001Exploring HistorySecond Half / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FRemote InstructionUllman,S.
HIST B303-001Topics in American History: American "Fascisms"Second Half / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TRemote InstructionUllman,S.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European History: Queer Histories of EuropeSecond Half / 1LEC: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM WRemote InstructionBooth,D.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Cities, Epidemics, PandemicsSecond Half / 1LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MRemote InstructionNgalamulume,K.
HIST B357-001Topics in British Empire: Decolonizing HistorySecond Half / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTaylor Hall D
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Kale,M.
HIST B371-001Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and FictionSecond Half / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 7:00 PM THRemote InstructionGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSecond Half / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSecond Half / 1Dept. staff, TBA
EALC B131-001Chinese CivilizationSecond Half / 1Lecture: 5:40 PM- 7:00 PM MTHRemote InstructionJiang,Y.
EALC B264-001Human Rights in ChinaSecond Half / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionJiang,Y.
ENGL B359-001Dead PresidentsSecond Half / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM WSRemote InstructionSchneider,B.
HART B218-001Byzantine Textiles in Life and DeathSecond Half / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM TFGoodhart Hall Music Room
In Person
Walker,A.
MEST B200-001Introduction to Middle Eastern StudiesSecond Half / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM WOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Salikuddin,R.

Fall 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
HIST B102-001Introduction to African CivilizationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonNgalamulume,K.
HIST B200-001The Atlantic World 1492-1800Semester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B226-001Topics in 20th Century European History: National Proj, Socialist DreamSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonKurimay,A.
HIST B236-001African History since 1800: Africa since 1800Semester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonNgalamulume,K.
HIST B241-001America 1890-1945Semester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonUllman,S.
HIST B263-001Impact of Empire: Britain 1858-1960Semester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonKale,M.
HIST B265-001Colonial Encounters in the AmericasSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHIn PersonGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B303-001Topics in American History: The Lost DecadeSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonUllman,S.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European History: History of FascismSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TIn PersonKurimay,A.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Food PoliticsSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MIn PersonUllman,S.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Cities, Epidemics, PandemicsSemester / 1LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TIn PersonNgalamulume,K.
HIST B349-001Topics in Comparative History: European Competition/IndgnsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WIn PersonGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B398-001Approaches to Historical PraxisSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
ARCH B244-001Great Empires of the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B345-001Advanced Topics in Environment and Society: The City and NatureSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM THIn PersonLee,M.
EALC B263-001The Chinese RevolutionSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
EALC B325-001Topics in Chinese History and Culture: Legal Culture in Chinese HistorySemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonJiang,Y.
GERM B223-001Topics in German Cultural Studies: Seeing and Being SeenSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 AM- 3:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Strair,M.
HART B218-001Byzantine Textiles in Life and DeathSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Walker,A.

Spring 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
HIST B101-001The Historical ImaginationSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Kale,M.
HIST B238-001From Bordellos to Cybersex History of Sexuality in Modern EuropeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonKurimay,A.
HIST B242-001American Politics and Society: 1945 to the PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonUllman,S.
HIST B243-001Topics: Atlantic Cultures: Maroon Communities - New WorldSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B299-001Exploring HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Kale,M.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Queer American HistorySemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonUllman,S.
HIST B327-001Topics in Early American History: Settler Colonialism in the Americas 1500-1800Semester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WIn PersonGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B357-001Topics in British Empire: Colonial Modrty/Nation-StateSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Kale,M.
CSTS B108-001Roman AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWOld Library 224
In Person
Conybeare,C.
EALC B131-001Chinese CivilizationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
EALC B200-001Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches in East Asian StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHOld Library 118
In Person
Kwa,S.
EALC B264-001Human Rights in ChinaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
MEST B200-001Introduction to Middle Eastern StudiesSemester / 1In Person

2021-22 Catalog Data

HIST B101 The Historical Imagination
Spring 2022
Explores some of the ways people have thought about, represented, and used the past across time and space. Introduces students to modern historical practices and debates through examination and discussion of texts and archives that range from scholarly monographs and documents to monuments, oral traditions, and other media.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations
Fall 2021
The course is designed to introduce students to the history of African and African Diaspora societies, cultures, and political economies. We will discuss the origins, state formation, external contacts, and the structural transformations and continuities of African societies and cultures in the context of the slave trade, colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization, as well as contemporary struggles over authority, autonomy, identity and access to resources. Case studies will be drawn from across the continent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B124 High and Late Middle Ages
Not offered 2021-22
This course will cover the second half of the European Middle Ages, often called the High and Late Middle Ages, from roughly 1000-1400. The course has a general chronological framework, and is based on important themes of medieval history. These include feudalism and the feudal economy; the social transformation of the millennium; monastic reform; the rise of the papacy; trade, exchange, and exploration; urbanism and the growth of towns. The course number was previously HIST B224.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B129 The Religious Conquest of the Americas
Not offered 2021-22
The course examines the complex aspects of the European missionization of indigenous people, and explores how two traditions of religious thought/practice came into conflict. Rather than a transposition of Christianity from Europe to the Americas, something new was created in the contested colonial space.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HIST B156 The Long 1960's
Not offered 2021-22
The 1960s has had a powerful effect on recent US History. But what was it exactly? How long did it last? And what do we really mean when we say "The Sixties?" This term has become so potent and loaded for so many people from all sides of the political spectrum that it's almost impossible to separate fact from fiction; myth from memory. We are all the inheritors of this intense period in American history but our inheritance is neither simple nor entirely clear. Our task this semester is to try to pull apart the meaning as well as the legend and attempt to figure out what "The Sixties" is (and what it isn't) and try to assess its long term impact on American society.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Fall 2021
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750
Not offered 2021-22
In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HIST B218 Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War I
Not offered 2021-22
The course considers the historical origins and experience of Word War I from a social and cultural perspective. We will think about why some people anticipated and willingly went to war while others were caught by surprise and also, how the experience of war differed on the home front and battlefront. Second, the course will look at the political, social, economic, and cultural consequences of the so-called, Great War. How did the end of the war affect people at the individual and community levels as well as nations as a whole? Finally, we will examine the various historical factors that influence how (and when) WWI has been remembered in modern Europe.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History
Section 001 (Spring 2021): History of the Body
Section 001 (Fall 2021): National Proj, Socialist Dream
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This is an introductory course to the political and social history of East-Central Europe from the late 19th century to the present. We will explore the complicated histories and emergence of the nation states between Germany and the Soviet Union. Beginning with the age of the Habsburg Empire and finishing in the age of the European Union we will examine how societies in East central Europe struggled to balance nationalism and socialism as competing ways of making sense of their world and as platforms for changing it.

Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2021-22
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B234 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Not offered 2021-22
This course serves as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. We will also explore the narratives and debates that have shaped the field of Middle East history. Topics include orientalism, colonialism, political reform, social, cultural, and intellectual movements, nationalism, and the Cold War. Readings will be drawn from the fields of history, anthropology, politics, and literature.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Africa since 1800
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Africa since 1800
Fall 2021
The course analyzes the history of Africa in the last two hundred years in the context of global political economy. We will examine the major themes in modern African history, including the 19th-century state formation, expansion, or restructuration; partition and resistance; colonial rule; economic, social, political, religious, and cultural developments; nationalism; post-independence politics, economics, and society, as well as conflicts and the burden of disease. The course will also introduce students to the sources and methods of African history.
Current topic description: The course deals with the continuities and transformations of African societies and cultures in the context of European colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization. Special attention will be paid to the options available to the Africans and the choices they made in colonial situations and after independence. The course will also introduce students to the sources and methods in history as well as to various historical interpretations of African history.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Public History in Africa
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B238 From Bordellos to Cybersex History of Sexuality in Modern Europe
Spring 2022
This course is a detailed examination of the changing nature and definition of sexuality in Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present. Throughout the semester we critically examine how understandings of sexuality changed--from how it was discussed and how authorities tried to control it to how the practice of sexuality evolved. Focusing on both discourses and lived experiences, the class will explore sexuality in the context of the following themes; prostitution and sex trafficking, the rise of medicine with a particular attention to sexology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis; the birth of the homo/hetero/bisexual divide; the rise of the "New Woman"; abortion and contraception; the "sexual revolution" of the 60s; pornography and consumerism; LGBTQ activism; concluding with considering sexuality in the age of cyber as well as genetic technology. In examining these issues we will question the role and influence of different political systems and war on sexuality. By paying special attention to the rise of modern nation-states, forces of nationalism, and the impacts of imperialism we will interrogate the nature of regulation and experiences of sexuality in different locations in Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B241 America 1890-1945
Fall 2021
This course focuses on the first half of the twentieth century in the United States. An intense period of violent struggle over race, immigration, labor, income inequality, gender, and the very survival of American democracy in the face of global fascism, the early years of the twentieth century set the stage for the American society of today. One cannot fully understand what has happened to the U.S. right now without spending time in the first 40 years of the twentieth century.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present
Spring 2022
How did we get here? This course looks at the stunning transformation of America after WWII. From a country devastated by economic crisis and wedded to isolationism prior to the war, America turned itself into an international powerhouse. Massive grass roots resistance forced the United States to abandon its system of racial apartheid, to open opportunities to women, and to reinvent its very definition as it incorporated immigrants from around the world. Simultaneously, American music and film broke free from their staid moorings and permanently altered international culture. Finally, through the "War on Terror", starting after 9/11, America initiated an aggressive new foreign policy that has shattered traditional rules of warfare and reoriented global politics. We will explore the political, social, and cultural factors that have driven modern American history. Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B243 Topics: Atlantic Cultures
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Maroon Communities - New World
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Maroon Societies
Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The course explores the process of self-emancipation by slaves in the early modern Atlantic World. What was the nature of the communities that free blacks forged? What were their relationships to the empires from which they had freed themselves? How was race constructed in the early modern period? Did conceptions of race change over time? Through readings and discussion, we will investigate the establishment of autonomous African settlements and cultures throughout the Americas, and examine the nature of local autonomy within a strife-torn world of contending empires and nation-states. Taking a comparative approach, we shall examine developments in North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Brazil.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B245 Topics in Modern US History
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course addressing public history in the U.S.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B253 Themes in Modern Europe: Europe in the Global Age
Not offered 2021-22
This course is a survey of Europe from the seventeenth century to the present. Throughout the semester we will look at the people, events, and major themes that shaped the history of modern Europe. We will cover a large number of topics, from social movements and political ideologies, to national identities and gender norms. We will examine what we mean when we speak of "Europe" and we will place Europe within the context of the wider, global world. Through the use of primary sources, students will also learn the skills and techniques necessary in the work of a historian. We will examine how historians write, interpret, and construct histories from a series of facts, and what place these histories have in our contemporary world.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B256 Disciplining Bodies in Motion: Migration & Colonial Modernity
Not offered 2021-22
Migration and borderlands dominate headlines as well as the everyday experiences of millions of people around the world, as vast numbers of human bodies move through spaces interrupted by variously-contested and regulated natural barriers (rivers, seas, mountains, deserts, etc.) and barricades (social, cultural and psychic as well as physical) constructed by not only States, but by a wide range of "non-State actors" as well. Notably, since 1984, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the majority of migrants to this country have been women, a trend that is also evident elsewhere (within as well as across national borders). While migration arguably is a characteristic feature of humanity across time and space, this course will situate our current transnational conjuncture in the long duree of global migration engendered by developments at the turn of the 16th century, focusing on the migration of "labor" from the Indian subcontinent to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Persian Gulf, Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Britain, and Europe. Focusing on indentured and contract labor migration from British India, we will consider if and how the historically-contingent and sometime politically opportunistic and transactional tactics, regulations, protocols around these "labor" migrations contributed simultaneously to naturalizing and also obscuring gendered assumptions about work and (whether performed within, between or outside their spaces, still predicated on) households, (geographical) mobility, and the bodies (profoundly gendered, "raced," and hierarchized) that engage in all three. To what degree have techniques of governance (measuring, surveilling) practiced and routinized through the various colonial empires of the 19th and 20th centuries informed the production and circulation of knowledge (specifically academic disciplines like History) the naturalization of analytical and descriptive categories like labor, race and class -- and vice versa? .
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B257 British Empire I: Capitalism and Slavery
Not offered 2021-22
Focusing on the Atlantic slave trade and the slave plantation mode of production, this course explores English colonization, and the emergence and the decline of British Empire in the Americas and Caribbean from the 17th through the late 20th centuries. It tracks some of the intersecting and overlapping routes--and roots--connecting histories and politics within and between these "new" world locations. It also tracks the further and proliferating links between developments in these regions and the histories and politics of regions in the "old" world, from the north Atlantic to the South China sea.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B258 British Empire: Imagining Indias
Not offered 2021-22
This course considers ideas about and experiences of "modern" India, i.e., India during the colonial and post-Independence periods (roughly 1757-present). While "India" and "Indian history" along with "British empire" and "British history" will be the ostensible objects of our consideration and discussions, the course proposes that their imagination and meanings are continually mediated by a wide variety of institutions, agents, and analytical categories (nation, religion, class, race, gender, to name a few examples). The course uses primary sources, scholarly analyses, and cultural productions to explore the political economies of knowledge, representation, and power in the production of modernity.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B263 Impact of Empire: Britain 1858-1960
Fall 2021
Is empire (on the British variant of which, in its heyday, the sun reportedly never set) securely superseded (as some have confidently asserted) or does it endure and, if so, in what forms and domains? Focusing on the expanding British colonial empire from the 17th century on, this course considers its impact through the dynamics of specific commodities' production, and consumption (sugar and tea, for example, but also labor and governance), their cultures (from plantations and factories to households to the state), and their disciplinary technologies (including domesticity, the nation, and discourses on history and modernity).
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B264 Passages from India: 1800-Present
Not offered 2021-22
This course explores the histories and effects of migration from the Indian subcontinent to far-flung destinations across the globe. It starts with the circular migrations of traders, merchants, and pilgrims in the medieval period from the Indian subcontinent to points east (in southeast Asia) and west (eastern Africa). However, the focus of the course is on modern migrations from the subcontinent, from the indentured labor migrations of the British colonial period (to Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific) to the post-Independence emigrations from the new nations of the subcontinent to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas
Fall 2021
The course explores the confrontations, conquests and accommodations that formed the "ground-level" experience of day-to-day colonialism throughout the Americas. The course is comparative in scope, examining events and structures in North, South and Central America, with particular attention paid to indigenous peoples and the nature of indigenous leadership in the colonial world of the 18th century.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HIST B268 Telling Bryn Mawr Histories: Topics, Sources, and Methods
Not offered 2021-22
The course covers historical research practices and methods, and will familiarize participants with the College's curatorial and archival collections, so that each student might frame an individual research project.
Course does not meet an Approach

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HIST B270 The History of the Book with Digital Methods
Not offered 2021-22
This course aims to interrogate the cultural history of books from the earliest printed books in western society (incunables) to e-books in the modern era. While this course is designed to give students a sense of how books, broadly construed, evolved between the 15th century and the present, it places an emphasis on books as material objects, the generative processes of book creation, and the human labor driving said processes, with an eye to how cultural and social hierarchies (i.e., race, class, and gender) structure interaction with books. This class is also designed to give students perspective on the various ways scholars of various disciplines, archivists, librarians, conservators, and collectors think about books. This is a discussion and activity-heavy class that will alternate between close examination of archival holdings in Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections and critical making activities. Critical making activities are designed to help students understand book making processes, and may involve printing demos, paper marbling, or simple bookbinding. Students will be exposed to various digital tools throughout the semester and propose and complete a digital final project based on primary research.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B280 History of Witchcraft and Magic
Not offered 2021-22
his course examines the social, cultural, and legal history of witchcraft and magic throughout European history. We will examine the values and attitudes that have influenced beliefs about witchcraft and the supernatural, both historically and in the present day. This course will pay specific attention to the role of gender and sexuality in the history of witchcraft, as the vast majority of individuals charged in the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were indeed women. We will also study accusations of witchcraft, breaking down the power dynamics and assumptions at play behind the witch trials, and the effects of these trials on gender relations in European society. This class will track the intersections of magic and science throughout the early modern period, and the reconciliation of belief systems during the Enlightenment. We will carry our analysis into the modern period, touching on Victorian spiritualism and mysticism, the emergence of Neo-Paganism, and the return to the figure of the goddess. Our final foray will be and examination of the political "witch-hunts" of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the enduring trope of the "witch" in modern political culture.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B284 Movies and America: The Past Lives Forever
Not offered 2021-22
Movies are one of the most important means by which Americans come to know - or think they know--their own history. We look to old movies to tell us about a world we never knew but think we can access through film. And Hollywood often reaches into the past to tell a good story. How can we understand the impact of our love affair with movies on our understanding of what happened in this country? In this course we will examine the complex cultural relationship between film and American historical self-fashioning.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HIST B286 Topics in the British Empire
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course covering various "topics" in the study of the British Empire. Course content varies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B292 Women in Britain since 1750
Not offered 2021-22
Focusing on contemporary and historical narratives, this course explores the ongoing production, circulation and refraction of discourses on gender and nation as well as race, empire and modernity since the mid-18th century. Texts will incorporate visual material as well as literary evidence and culture and consider the crystallization of the discipline of history itself.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B298 Politics of Food
Not offered 2021-22
Politics shapes what appears on our plates as well as where we set our table. It all has a history. In America with its confounding combination of engorging bounty and tragic poverty, food represents a special nexus of the political and the personal. This course looks at the history and politics of eating, producing, and consuming food in the United States. Course topics include how food shaped both external and internal migrations to the United States; how American foreign policy from the Cold War to today helps us understand global food and refugee crises; the history and politics of food aid, and the transformation of food consumption in modern America.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B299 Exploring History
Spring 2022
This course is designed to introduce history majors to the debates governing the production of historical knowledge which dominate the discipline. Although undergraduates often read history monographs as finished and "complete" projects, in fact each of these works is always deeply contested - both in terms of method and product. The goal of this course is to not only reinforce habits of critical textual reading but to provide students the tools to critically "read" the entire project of writing history. Required for History Majors.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B303 Topics in American History
Section 001 (Spring 2021): American "Fascisms"
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Radical Movements
Section 001 (Fall 2021): The Lost Decade
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality. Course may be repeated for credit.
Current topic description: The Lost Decade: American in the 1970s: Squished between the famous 1960s and the "Go-Go" Reagan inspired 1980s, the 1970s has gotten lost in American memory. But its influence was extraordinary. From the full force of feminism rising and the emergence of the struggle for LGBTQ rights to Watergate and an economic crisis that foretold the coming collapse of the U.S. economy to Patty Hearst and Jonestown...as well as disco and the beginnings of rap...the 1970s had it all. We'll explore some of the key moments in this fascinating decade and chart its underappreciated historical impact.

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HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
Section 001 (Fall 2021): History of Fascism
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Queer Histories of Europe
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: History of Fascism: Then and Now: What are the historical roots of facist ideologies and organizations and what can a historical perspective tell us about the reasons for their continuous attraction? The seminar will examine the histories of facists' movements in Europe from World War I to the present. As part of the seminar we will also interrogate the relationship between fascists movements and gender, sexuality, and youth in both the pre and post-World War II era.

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Food Politics
Section 001 (Fall 2020): History of Sexuality
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Queer American History
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies. Course may be repeated.
Current topic description: Politics shapes what appears on our plates as well as where we set our table... It all has a history. In America with its confounding combination of engorging bounty and tragic poverty, food represents a special nexus of the political and the personal. The politics of food is also cultural and helps frame our sense of the present and the past. This course cannot cover all these arenas in one semester, but is an introduction to how to look at the complex history and politics of eating, producing, and consuming food in the United States. Course topics include food and race, the cultural politics of who eats what and how they think about it; and the history and politics of food consumption in modern America. Current topic description. This course centers the influence of gender and sexual diversity in understanding the historical development of institutions, ideals, social and cultural transformations, and economic and political processes in the U.S. since European colonization. The approach is intersectional, addressing gender and sexual diversity as they intersect with race, class and other forms of social difference and power. The course examines both key events and developments in the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American context as well as the processes by which such visibility occurs.

Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B327 Topics in Early American History
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Settler Colonialism in the Americas 1500-1800
Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description. The course examines the processes through which European colonizers established colonies in the Americas upon lands originally controlled by Indigenous peoples. Settler colonialism is explored via the perspectives of Indigenous and African peoples
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Cities, Epidemics, Pandemics
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Cities, Epidemics, Pandemics
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Hist of Global Health Africa
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: In the recent decades, the world has experienced an increasing threat for public health from the emerging infectious diseases that have provoked epidemics and pandemics. The course will focus on the impact of epidemics and pandemics on cities in Africa. We will discuss the issues of public health history, social and cultural history of disease as well as the issues of the history of medicine. We will examine the histories of global initiatives to control disease in Africa from an interdisciplinary perspective (history, and social and biomedical sciences), using case studies from across the continent. We will explore various themes, such as the anxiety and panic caused by the disease outbreaks; the state, medical, and popular responses; the politics of disease control; the conflicts of interests between the interests of commerce, public health, and civil liberties; and the health disparities within cities. We will focus on the colonial and postcolonial cities in Africa. We will also explore the questions regarding the sources of African history and their quality.

Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Not offered 2021-22
This course explores the emergence, development, and challenges to the ideologies of whiteness and blackness, that have been in place from the colonial period to the present. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, we will explore various ways through which enslaved people imagined freedom, personal rights, community membership, and some of the paths they created in order to improve their experiences and change the social order. In an attempt to have a comparative approach, we will look at particular events and circumstances that took place in few provinces in the Americas, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. The course will also look at the methodological challenges of studying and writing history of people who in principle, were not allowed to produce written texts. Throughout, we will identify and underscore the contribution that people of African descent have made to the ideas of rights, freedom, equality, and democracy.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Section 001 (Fall 2021): European Competition/Indgns
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description:

Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B357 Topics in British Empire
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Colonial Modrty/Nation-State
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Decolonizing History
Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: This course explores history as both a disciplinary and a social practice, examining some of the cultural and intellectual meanings assigned to `history' by an array of practitioners across time and space. The course aims to help students further develop their skills as readers, critics, researchers and writers, and assignments are designed accordingly. We will use an array of materials (including eye-witness accounts and chronicles, novels, films, historical monographs and ethnographies) and tactics (including writing assignments and class discussions) to explore different experiences, understandings and representations of some of the institutions (home, family, State, nation), phenomena (migration, trade, travel), and analytical categories (gender, race, class, religion, sexuality) that animate not only contemporary historical practice but also our apprehensions and performances of our selves.

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HIST B364 Medieval Robots
Not offered 2021-22
A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B371 Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction
Not offered 2021-22
This course will explore piracy in the Americas in the period 1550-1750. We will investigate the historical reality of pirates and what they did, and the manner in which pirates have entered the popular imagination through fiction and films. Pirates have been depicted as lovable rogues, anti-establishment rebels, and enlightened multiculturalists who were skilled in dealing with the indigenous and African peoples of the Americas. The course will examine the facts and the fictions surrounding these important historical actors.
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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HIST B398 Approaches to Historical Praxis
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to consider different ways of "doing history." In conversation with the professor and using the resources of the College (archivists, librarians, digital specialists, Praxis Program) students will articulate a historical question, research it, and produce a final project. This project may be a final research paper, but might also take the more public form of a digital project, an exhibit, a short film, or an internship in a local museum, oral history center, or archive.

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HIST B403 Supervised Work
Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.

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HIST B403 Supervised Work
Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.

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HIST B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B208 Ancient Near Eastern History
Not offered 2021-22
This course will explore some of the key historical figures, events and inventions that shaped Ancient Near Eastern societies and traditions. We will consider the impact that the modern disciplines of ancient near eastern archaeology and history have had on our understanding of this region. We will also discuss how the ancient history and more recent colonial past of this region has impacted upon and shaped our modern interpretations of this region.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Fall 2021
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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BIOL B214 The History of Genetics and Embryology
Not offered 2021-22
This course provides a general history of genetics and embryology in Germany, Britain and the United States from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. The course will include a focus on the role that women scientists and technicians played in the development of these sub-disciplines. We will look at the lives of well known and lesser-known individuals, asking how factors such as their educational experiences and mentor relationships influenced the roles these women played in the scientific enterprise. We will also examine specific scientific contributions in historical context, requiring a review of core concepts in genetics and developmental biology.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CITY B250 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
Section 001 (Fall 2020): The City and Nature
Section 001 (Fall 2021): The City and Nature
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: The City and Nature: The Environmental Transformation of Modern Cities: The class examines the emergence of the modern city in Europe and the Americas in relation to their natural environments in order to understand how "country" and "city" were and continue to be mutually constitutive spaces and concepts. Focusing on the era of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism, the class studies how the planning, building, and regulating of urban built environments were embedded in practices to control, manage, and consume natural resources, and ultimately define nature. An integral part of this subject also concerns the people who both affected and were affected by the decisions to construct and manipulate the terrain, as well as the institutions that were built to manage and define new social relations and public responsibilities of the modern city. This course looks at history of the relationship between the city and the countryside and how it has informed contemporary responses, policies and ideas around global climate change. The readings and materials are diverse, drawing from environmental studies and urban history, as well as art and architecture. This is a reading and discussion heavy upper-level course. Each student will be asked to facilitate/host a discussion session. There are two options for the final assignment: an exhibition developed by a team and a more traditional research paper. The course fulfills major requirements in Environmental Studies, History and Cities.

Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CSTS B108 Roman Africa
Spring 2022
In 146 BCE, Rome conquered and destroyed the North African city of Carthage, which had been its arch-enemy for generations, and occupied many of the Carthaginian settlements in North Africa. But by the second and third centuries CE, North Africa was one of the most prosperous and cultured areas of the Roman Empire, and Carthage (near modern Tunis) was one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. This course will trace the relations between Rome and Carthage, looking at the history of their mutual enmity, the extraordinary rise to prosperity of Roman North Africa, and the continued importance of the region even after the Vandal invasions of the fifth century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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CSTS B204 Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and Politics
Not offered 2021-22
Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt (69-30 BCE), has been a figure of continuous fascination and political resonance for over 2000 years. She was the most famous and enigmatic person in the ancient Mediterranean world while she was alive and, since then, she has been re-imagined by countless poets, dramatists, philosophers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists of all types. In this course, we will examine both the historical Cleopatra and her reception in various media in subsequent cultures and societies. In the first part, we will carefully study the ancient literary and material evidence to learn all we can about the real Cleopatra and the tumultuous times in which she lived. In the second part, we will then consider a selection of medieval, early modern, and contemporary representations of Cleopatra, ranging from Chaucer to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra to HBO's series Rome and the use of Cleopatra in present-day advertising. Throughout our readings, we will focus on issues such as female agency and power in a man's world, beauty and the femme fatale, east vs. west, and politics and propaganda.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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CSTS B205 Greek History
Not offered 2021-22
This course traces the rise of the city-state (polis) in the Greek-speaking world beginning in the seventh-century BC down to its full blossoming in classical Athens and Sparta. Students should gain an understanding of the formation and development of Greek identity, from the Panhellenic trends in archaic epic and religion through its crystallization during the heroic defense against two Persian invasions and its subsequent disintegration during the Peloponnesian war. The class will also explore the ways in which the evolution of political, philosophical, religious, and artistic institutions reflect the changing socio-political circumstances of Greece. The latter part of the course will focus on Athens in particular: its rise to imperial power under Pericles, its tragic decline from the Peloponnesian War and its important role as a center for the teaching of rhetoric and philosophy. Since the study of history involves the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the sources available for the culture studied, students will concentrate upon the primary sources available for Greek history, exploring the strengths and weakness of these sources and the ways in which their evidence can be used to create an understanding of ancient Greece. Students should learn how to analyze and evaluate the evidence from primary texts and to synthesize the information from multiple sources in a critical way.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B131 Chinese Civilization
Spring 2022
A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the 1800s, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

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EALC B200 Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches in East Asian Studies
Spring 2022
This course introduces current and prospective majors to the scope and methods of East Asian Studies. It employs readings on East Asian history and culture as a platform for exercises in critical analysis, bibliography, cartography and the formulation of research topics and approaches. It culminates in a substantial research essay. Required of East Asian Studies majors, but open to others by permission, the course should be taken before the senior year. Prerequisite: One year of Chinese or Japanese.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B263 The Chinese Revolution
Fall 2021
Places the causes and consequences of the 20th century revolutions in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women, and intellectuals.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B264 Human Rights in China
Spring 2022
This course will examine China's human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse perspectives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system, education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EALC B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Legal Culture in Chinese History
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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ENGL B359 Dead Presidents
Not offered 2021-22
Framed by the extravagant funerals of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, this course explores the cultural importance of the figure of the President and the Presidential body, and of the 19th-century preoccupations with death and mourning, in the U.S. cultural imaginary from the Revolutionary movement through the Civil War.

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GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Seeing and Being Seen
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German.
Current topic description: Seeing and Being Seen: Vision and Visuality: This course explores the issues of vision, visibility and visuality during the visual turn in Middle Ages in present day German speaking regions. In the courtly setting the gaze reigned as a form of social surveillance. Elsewhere, mystics such as Hildegard von Bingen and Beguine Mechthild von Magdeburg write down impressive visions of God and religious life, asserting a powerful form of female authorship. Vision was also tied to writing, memory practices, descriptive story-telling, reflecting the social parameters and pressures of the period. Beyond the Middle Ages and into the Early Modern, notions of vision begin to shift as Age of Reason dawns and illuminates other ways of being in and knowing the world. We will explore the diverse forms of textual transmission in the premodern era, focusing on the courtly epic, Minnesang, conduct books, song books, and intersections with visual culture with an emphasis on text-image relationships.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Fall 2021
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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MEST B200 Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
Spring 2022
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on analytical approaches, methods, and tools. Students consider the dynamics of the region in the premodern and modern periods and become familiar with the major issues and debates that dominate various disciplinary approaches to the Middle East. Readings include both important canonical and alternative scholarship in order to examine the limits and possibilities of the field.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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MEST B210 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Not offered 2021-22
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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