As a cultural ideal and as a modern polity, Greece figured prominently in critical global processes. From the formation of the nation-state, to globalization and the current financial and political crisis in Europe, the people of Greece were in the center of international developments, engaging the world in diverse ways. In this course we explore the multiple interactions, cultural and material exchanges, between Greeks—real and imagined—and the world in modern times. We focus our analytic lenses on global issues as they are reflected in the contemporary Mediterranean context. We will read from a broad range of texts in social sciences and the humanities in order to analyze topics of broader interdisciplinary interest such as conceptualizations of cosmopolitanism, mobility, borders and migration, meaning and human exchange, identity, sociocultural transformation, colonialism and globalization, ownership of antiquities, travel and writing, urbanism and modernity, and the human relationship with the sea. In Spring break the class will visit Greece for in situ explorations of relevant course themes.
Supported by the Erric B. Kertsikoff Fund for Hellenic Studies