Spring 2023 Middle East UN3131 section 001

Crisis and War in the Horn of Africa


Call Number 11972
Day & Time
T 2:10pm-4:00pm
101 Knox Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Elleni Zeleke
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The Horn of Africa is often described as a disaster story, a land of terror, crisis and failure. But is it really a place in crisis? In what ways and for whom? For the people of the region, what constitutes meaningful social and political life? Is it possible to approach politics in the Horn of Africa through lenses other than those of violence and disaster? Are there other methods of understanding the experiences of crisis and recovery? In addition to examining emerging research trends in the region the course examines various approaches to the questions of war, humanitarian intervention, peace building, democratization, and economic reform. It considers how the study of popular culture, religious change, and social movements provide other ways to think about collective life. The seminar is intended for those interested in the study of Africa and the Middle East, and other regions that may seem bleak to outsiders but can provide new ways of understanding politics.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 12 students (20 max) as of 9:12PM Friday, December 1, 2023
Subject Middle East
Number UN3131
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231MDES3131W001