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The Arab Street: Pop Culture and Media between Muslim Worlds

ANTH 218
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: African Studies, African Studies Minor

For decades, "the Arab Street" has served as an evasive yet loaded placeholder in mediated discussions of politics in the Arabic-speaking world. Sometimes romanticized as the rare home of authenticity; sometimes demonized as the birthplace of extremism and fundamentalism; and sometimes celebrated as the backdrop of new political expression, the "Arab Street" is a frequently referenced but poorly understood social formation. This course looks to the intersections of different popular culture production and media--including film, social media, television, popular music, performance art, graffiti, and sport--to explore the contours and textures of emergent politics in this region. Designed as an interdisciplinary interrogation of cultural politics beyond state narratives and as an alternative to studies of either diplomacy or terrorism, this course uses pedagogy and scholarship from anthropology, performance studies, film and media studies, and cultural studies to interrogate popular politics in a contested Middle East and North Africa.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CGST-MN)(MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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