Coursepacket

 
WEEKS

1, 2, 3






WINDOWS ON THE WORLD BY FREDERIC BEIGBEDER

WEEK 1: 
TUESDAY: class introductions, syllabus, assignments, policies, class contract
THURSDAY: background to author, novel, concepts
Extras (no need to memorise: just cruise through):

WEEK 2
TUESDAY (Talal Assad pp. 1-38 and videos/articles below). 
Be warned - Assad's is a theoretical text, not a cute story...(video/article below will help put things in perspective - just cruise through the articles - no need to make meticulous notes here)

THURSDAY: NO CLASS: ROSH HASHANNAH


WEEK 3: 
TUESDAY 
  • RETURN TO: Talal Assad - Intro, Chapter 1
  • PAPER 1: Discussion
EXTRAS:
THURSDAY:
Warning: these are not easy to get through - refer to my notes for help)
  • PAPER 1: DISCUSSION: ANALYSIS/ARGUMENT PAPER - Writing an argument, using your own experiences
  • Ideas for Paper 1Cruise through essays/articles below for ideas/inspiration

WEEK 4:
TUESDAY 
Warning: these are not easy to get through - refer to my notes for help) - "American Exceptionalism" why our belief that we are special helps us and hurts us (don't memorise these - just make sense of the arguments presented)
EXTRAS:

EXTRAS:

ARTICLES, VIDEO, INTERVIEWS, LINKS
THE FIGHT OVER THE RE-BUILDING, 'GROUND ZERO', and SOME STATS:


 


WEEKS
 4, 5



EXTREMELY LOUD BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

WEEK 4/5: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 4/5

WEEK 4
THURSDAY - intro to Foer's Extremely Loud OPTIONAL: 

WEEK 5: 

TUESDAY:   Concentrate on Foer, and have a look at the images below (be careful: some are disturbing)

THURSDAY:
 Ambiguous Loss Research, Theory, and Practice: Reflections after 9/11 
Author(s): Pauline Boss 
Source: Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 551-566 
Published by: National Council on Family Relations 
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3600212 .     


EXTRAS


 

WEEKS 6, 7, 8, 9




LECTURE NOTES

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

ARTICLES

LINKS

FURTHER READING

MY GUANTANAMO DIARY BY RHUKSANA KHAN;
THE FOREVER WAR
 BY DEXTER FILKINS

WEEK 6: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 6 (Kaplan article, Intro to Kahn) 

ARTICLES/WEBSITES (Mahvish Kahn, opening to pg. 133)
  • TUESDAY: END Foer. 
  • Intro to Khan, G-Bay, lawyers for inmates, definitions of some legal terminology
  • LISTEN TO: This American Life, about Haebeas Corpus (just listen to it while doing some cleaning...don't memorise it, but learn the basics of why "habeas corpus" is important to our legal system)
  • THURSDAY:
  • Amy Kaplan: "Where is Guantanamo?" (To get access, sign in to Penfield Library using your Lakernet ID) Source: American Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 3, Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (Sep., 2005), pp. 831-858. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068318
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WEEK 7: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 7 (intro to Filkins)

TUESDAY: Filkins, The Forever War
INTRO to Filkins, and:

THURSDAY: Filkins contd. and:

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WEEK 8:

TUESDAY: Continue Filkins/Kahn

    THURSDAY:

    • Return to Talal Assad, On Suicide Bombing, 39-92 (Chapters 2, 3). SAD: Criticism is not meant to be read like a story, but like done like calculus: we understand in parts/paragraphs that we return to several times, "practice" by going over it. Then, around the 3rd read, and after discussion with others, begin to see the whole picture.
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    WEEK 9: essays on Corporations and war; "Islamaphobia" and constructing the new Other

    TUESDAY: Film (Midterm day)
    THURSDAY: DISCUSSION - PROPOSAL AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY


    WEEK 10
    Continue Filkins, Khan
    • THIS AMERICAN LIFE: "IN COUNTRY" (soldiers' lives in Iraq)
    • THIS AMERICAN LIFE: "TEN YEARS IN" (In this show, we return to people who've been on This American Life in the last ten years, whose lives were drastically altered by 9/11
    • Hunger Strikes: narratives of detainees (animation)

      OPTIONAL:
       ARTICLES/IDEAS FOR PAPERS:


      EXTRAS

      EXTRAS:

      • What struck you as significant/important/problematic/very telling details (provided by the authors) for whatever reason?
      • From doing these readings, and after seeing the film (both soldier and prisoner, interrogator and silent commanders, politicians and generals), what can you conclude? 
      • What does the little interview with the director of the film, Eric Gandini, tell us?

      Secret Renditions

      • Rendition flight network
      • Rendition backstory: Used since the Reagan era, extraordinary rendition was stepped up after 9/11 to extract intelligence from suspected terrorists.
      • "Rendition Light": Locked Up Abroad—for the FBI: Inside the feds' secret program to have American citizens detained and interrogated by foreign governments.
      • How US companies profited from rendition flights: Court documents illustrate how US contracted out secret rendition transportation to a network of private companies.

      Guantanamo Bay inmates, POWs, "enemy combatants":


      Military abuses, military accomplishments:


         
       
      WEEKS 10, 11

      EXTRAS






      TEJU COLE, OPEN CITY

      WEEKS 10, 11: LECTURE NOTES/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

      • DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 10
      • DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 11
      WEEK 10, 11: READING/ARTICLES/WEBSITES

      WEEK 10: list of reviews/interviews:

      WEEK 11:



      POSSIBLE RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR
      FINAL PAPER
      SURVEILLANCE STATE:
      'CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS':
      USING FEAR TO ENCOURAGE FEWER CIVIL LIBERTIES:
      Music, Art, and Literature:
      how does art/education respond in times of war? can the citizen have a space in the nation? 
      Check out:
      • Nitin Sawhany and......(music about 7/7 bombings in London)
      • Imperial War museum in London

       

      GETTING STARTED:

      ARTICLES 
      EXTRA ARTICLES FOR RESEARCH:
       
      Our damaged Fourth Amendment: How the US government secretly reads your email

      Lawrence R. Schehr "Éffondrements : Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World"
      DOI: 10.1177/0957155810361813 
      2010 21: 131 French Cultural Studies
      http://frc.sagepub.com/content/21/2/131

      "Where Is Guantánamo?" Amy Kaplan

      Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence "Indefinite Detentions"

      American Quarterly
      Vol. 57, No. 3, Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (Sep., 2005), pp. 831-858.
      Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068318

      "From Nuremberg to Guantánamo: International Law and American Power Politics". Lisa Hajjar 
      Middle East Report
      No. 229 (Winter, 2003), pp. 8-15
      Published by: Middle East Research and Information Project
      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1559387

      "Outrages against Personal Dignity: Rationalizing Abuse and Torture in the War on Terror". Gregory Hooks and Clayton Mosher
      Social Forces
      Vol. 83, No. 4 (Jun., 2005), pp. 1627-1645
      Published by: University of North Carolina Press
      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3598406

      "The Black Flag: Guantánamo Bay and the Space of Exception".
      Derek Gregory 
      Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography
      Vol. 88, No. 4 (2006), pp. 405-427
      Published by: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography
      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4621537

      Virtual Trauma: The Idiom of 9/11. Marc Redfield
      Diacritics
      Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring, 2007), pp. 54-80
      Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20204157

      Flânerie at Ground Zero: Aesthetic Countermemories in Lower Manhattan
      Devin Zuber
      American Quarterly
      Vol. 58, No. 2 (Jun., 2006), pp. 269-299
      Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068364

      The Aesthetics of Absence: Rebuilding Ground Zero. Marita Sturken
      American Ethnologist
      Vol. 31, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 311-325
      Published by: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
      Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3805360
      In this article, I examine the narratives and meanings that have been projected onto the space of Ground Zero in New York City since September 11, 2001, how they have been deployed for various political agendas, and how they have informed the ways in which the site will be rebuilt and memorialized. I investigate the changing meanings attributed to the dust and the footprints of the World Trade Center buildings and the debates over architectural designs and the proposed memorial.
       

      Entertainment Wars: Television Culture after 9/11   (What was 'tasteful' violence/TV programming after 9/11?)
Author(s): Lynn Spigel 
Source: American Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 235-270 
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press 
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068195 . 

      9/11 (On the relationship between architecture and how a nation "builds" its self-image)
Author(s): Neil Leach 
Source: Diacritics, Vol. 33, No. 3/4, New Coordinates: Spatial Mappings, National Trajectories 
(Autumn - Winter, 2003), pp. 75-92 
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press 
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3805805 .

      Alsultany, Evelyn.  Selling American Diversity and Muslim American Identity through Nonprofit Advertising Post-9/11 (how nonprofit advertising participated in refiguring an imagined American community in relation to Islam after 9/11).

American Quarterly - Volume 59, Number 3, September 2007, pp. 593-622
The Johns Hopkins University Press
      Volume 59, Number 3, September 2007
      E-ISSN: 1080-6490 Print ISSN: 0003-0678
      DOI: 10.1353/aq.2007.0052

      The Muslim, the Jew and the African American: America and the Production of Alterity in "Borat" (How Borat gets what we are "afraid" of - sadly, you'll have to order it from the library)
Vasiliki P. Neofotistos
Anthropology Today
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Aug., 2008), pp. 13-17
Published by: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20179935

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