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)
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 .
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
Sami el-Haji, the Sudanese-born Al Jazeera journalist who was detained at G-Bay
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.
Check out the interview with the group November Eleven, producers of the Battlespace project: an "unsanitised view of the conflict". 1 hour video. (Be ready, people. More than the 'reality' of the images, the knowledge of the reality they speak about is hard to internalise).
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?
Margaret L. Satterthwaite Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the 'War on Terror': The Story of El Masri v. Tenet in HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY STORIES (Ford, Hurwitz and Satterthwaite, eds., Foundation Press, 2009). "Rendered Meaningless: Extraordinary Rendition and the Rule of Law," 75 George Washington Law Review 1333 (2007).
US military uses biometric data in Afghanistan
American troops in Afghanistan have enlisted retina scans, fingerprints and photographs in their efforts to find Taliban suspects. Freelance photographer Sebastian Meyer witnesses anthropological military operations in southern Kandahar
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
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.
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
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