Look for the catalog of 2020-21IntroSems to roll out here in August.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Why do we categorize some acts of violence as terrorism? How do people who engage in such violence legitimize their actions? What are the effects of terror on politics, society, and culture? This course explores these questions around the globe from the 19th century to the present.
We examine wide-ranging topics, including the history of Russian radicalism; racial terror in the United States; anarchism; the terror of empire and anti-imperialism in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia; the global politics of surveillance and counter-terrorism; the intersection of gender, race, religion and policing; and the representation of terrorism in literature, film, television, journalism, and law. Analyzing a variety of sources—from manifestos and autobiographies to novels, music, and movies—students will gain a deeper understanding of the complex questions that shape how we see this phenomenon, how it has shaped our modern world, and how it affects all of our lives.