Ethnic Studies

Course Information
TitleΕθνοτικές Σπουδές / Ethnic Studies
CodeΛογ 560
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003996


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Anglikés kai Amerikanikés SpoudésElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
The student ought to have a general understanding of what ethnicity is and how it relates to identity. A broad knowledge of the history of human migration is required and an open mind in terms of the consequences of such migrations on a broad scale.
Learning Outcomes
1. They possess theoretical knowledge regarding issues such as ethnicity, transnationalism, diaspora, globalization. 2. They have studied personal and literary narratives where these issues appear. 3. They have acquired the ability to construct an argument and approach these debatable issues with understanding and sympathy.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Course Description This course will analyze definitions of ethnicity, nationalism, and diaspora as they have been formulated in the past decades in the context of social, literary and film studies. Provided that the terms remain quite ambiguous we will investigate how they have emerged, why they remain powerful tools of socio-cultural, literary and filmic analysis and how they have given rise to new interdisciplinary modes and discourses of analysis. The course will not attempt to guide the participants to definitive statements and definitions: on the contrary, it will alert them to the dilemmas and paradoxes inherent in both ethnicity and nationalism as terms of socio-cultural analysis. Furthermore, it will argue for the emergence of a new/old concept that of the diaspora as a still new means of understanding the problems and problematics that ethnicity and nationalism raise in the modern/postmodern world. Certainly, connecting these terms with race seems inevitable as we will be dealing with popular representations of difference primarily. Although the theoretical focus of the course will be «transnational», the specifics will be drawn primarily but not exclusively from the US socio-cultural and film context. The course will be structured as follows: it will be divided into three segments; We will begin with sociological and anthropological essays which propose definitions of three terms and will discuss them in the context of race; Then we will move on to film and theory and will complete the semester with the student presentations on specific movies and essays. Course paper-presentations-informal papers. Participants in the course are required to produce a 15-20 pages research paper by the end of the term. The focus of such a paper will be specific films recommended by the instructor. However, before the paper is turned in you are expected to provide a working bibliography, an outline and a rough draft. Participants will be responsible for two class presentation. A two page hand out will be distributed in class with each presentation. Furthermore, for each text we read we will have to produce a two to three pages personal response where you summarise for yourself the main ideas and include your thoughts which you will air in class. % Class policies Class attendance is required according to university policy. If you miss more than two sessions, you may be advised to withdraw from the course. All work for the course must be handed in within deadlines. Films Thunderheart The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Bad Day at Black Rock Deep Cover Ararat Monsoon Wedding The Last Wave King Kong Smoke Signals
Ethnicity, transnationalism, nationalism, diaspora, globalization.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of ethnicity, Nationalism and Diaspora. The students will read articles and books from a variety of disciplines such as literature, political science, anthropology, sociology, history. Our purpose will be to investigate the meaning of ethnicity, nationalism,and diaspora how they connect and how they diverge. The context of our research will be rather international than specifically American. The course will be divided into several segments and each segment will be organized around a cluster of issues and questions; the students should be prepared to respond through their reading to these issues, participate in class discussions, present parts of the material they will be studying and provide a long research paper by the end of the semester.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Research paper (ap. 5000 words) 55% Informal responses 10% In class presentations 30% Class participation 5%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
General Bibliography Ahmad, Aijaz. (1994) “Orientalism and After: Ambivalence and Metropolitan Location in the Work of Edward Said.” In In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures. Verso: 159-219. Anderson, Benedict. (1991) Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Verso. Anagnostou, Yiorgos (2009) Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America. Ohio UP. Anthias, Floya. (1998) “Evaluating Diaspora: Beyond Ethnicity?” Sociology 32: 557-580. Balibar, Etienne and Immanuel Wallerstein. (1991) Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities. Verso. Banks, Marcus. (1996) Ethnicity: Anthropological Constructions. Routlege. Barth, Fredric. (1969) “Ethnic Groups and their Boundaries.” In Theories of Ethnicity. Edited by Werner Sollors, NYUP, 1996. Bodnar, John. (1988) The Transplanted. Oxford UP. Brah, Avtar. (1996). Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities. Routlege. Chatterjee, Partha. (1986) Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse. Minnesota UP. -----------------------. (1993) The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories. Princeton. Clifford, James , George Marcus Ed. (1986) Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. U of California P. -------------------. (1997) “Diasporas” In Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century. Harvard UP. Chow, Rey. (1993). Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies. Cohen, Robin. (1997). Global Diasporas. U of Washington P. de la Campa etc. (1995). Late Imperial Culture. Verso. Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. (1993) Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives. Pluto P. Fanon, Franz. (1965) "Algeria Unveiled." In A Dying Colonialism. Grove Press: 35-67. Friedman, Lester D. (1991) Unspeakable Images: Ethnicity and the American Cinema. U of Illinois P. Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey. (2003) Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/constructions in the Cinema. SUNY P. Galusca, Roxana. “From Fictive Ability to National Identity: Disability, Medical Inspection, and Public Health Regulations on Ellis Island.” Cultural Critique 72 (Spring 2009): 137-163. Gellner, Ernest. (1983). Nations and Nationalism. Cornel UP. Gilroy, Paul. (1987). There ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation. Hutchinson. ----------------.(1993) The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Harvard UP. Glazer, Nathan and Moynyhan Daniel. (1970) Beyond the Melting Pot: The Negroes, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Italians, and Irish of New York City. M.I.T. UP. -------------------------------------------. (1975) Ethnicity: Theory and Experience. Harvard UP. Gordon, Milton. (1965) Assimilation in American Life: The Role of Race, Religion and National Origins. Oxford UP. Hall, Stewart. “Culture, Community, Nation.” Cultural Studies, 7 (3) (1993): 349-63. -----------------. (1990) “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.” In Identity: Community, Culture, Difference. Edited by Jonathan Rutherford. London: Lawrence and Wishat. 222-237. ----------------. (1991) “Old and New Identities. Old and New Ethnicities.” In Globalization and the World System. Edited by A. D. King. Macmillan. Haenni, Sabine. The Immigrant Scene: Ethnic Amusements in New York 1880-1920. U of Minnesotta P., 2008. “Urban Space and Ethnic Entertainment” pp.1-25 and “Alien Intimacies, Urban Crowds: Screening Immigrants on Broadway.” pp. 189-228. Higham, John. (1984) Send These to Me: Immigrants in Urban America. Oxford UP. Hobsbawm, E. J. (1991) Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality. ---------------------. (1983) “Mass-producing Traditions: Europe 1970-1914.” In The Invention of Tradition. Edited by Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger. 263-307. Jacobson, Matthew Frye. (2001) “The Crucible of Empire.” In Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Harvard UP. ---------------------------------. (2006) Roots Too: White Ethnicity in Post-Civil Rights America. Harvard UP. Kaplan, Caren. (1996) “Traveling Theorists: Cosmopolitan Diasporas.” In Questions of Travel: Postmodern Discourses of Displacement. Duke UP: 101-142. Lipsitz, George. (1998) The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics. Temple UP. Loshitzky, Yosefa. (2010) Screening Strangers: Migration and Diaspora in Contemporary European Cinema. Indiana UP. “Screening Strangers in Fortress Europe” pp. 1-13. Lowe, Lisa (1996) “Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American Differences.” In Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics. Duke UP: 60-83. Naficy, Hamid. (2001) An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking. Princeton. Nash, Manning. (1989) The Cauldron of Ethnicity in the Modern World. Chicago. Omi, Michael and Howard Winnant. (1986) Racial Formation in the US: From the 1960s to the 1980s. Routlege. Renan, Ernest. (1882) “What is Nationalism?” In Nation and Narration. Ed. By Homi Bhabha. Routlege. Rosaldo, Renato. (1988) "Ideology, Place, and People Without Culture." Cultural Anthropology, 3.1, 77-87. Safran, William. “Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return.” Diaspora 1.1 (Spring 1991): 83-99. Said, Edward. “Introduction” From Orientalism. Penguin, 1978. Pp. 1-28. ---------------. “Secular Interpretation, the Geographical Element, and the Methodology of Imperialism.” In After Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Postcolonial Displacements. Princeton UP, 1995. Schnapper, Dominique. “From the Nation-State to the Transnational World: On the Meaning and Usefulness of Diaspora as a Concept.” Diaspora 8.3, 1999: 225-254. Sollors, Werner. (1986) Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture. Oxford UP --------------------. (1989) The Invention of Ethnicity. Oxford UP. Thernstrom, Stephan. (1979) Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Harvard UP. Tobing Rony, Fatimah. The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle. “King Kong and the Monster in Ethnographic Cinema.” Pp. 157-191. Tololyan, Khachig. “The Nation and Its Others: In Lieu of a Preface.” Diaspora 1.1 (Spring 1991): 3-7. ----------------------. “Rethinking Diaspora(s): Stateless Power in the Transnational Moment.” Diaspora 5.1 (1996): 3-30. Verdery, Katherine. (1994)."Ethnicity, Nationalism, and State-Making: Ethnic Groups and Boundaries: Past and Future." In The Anthropology of Ethnicity: Beyond ‘Ethnic Groups and Boundaries’. Edited by Hans Vermeulen and Cora Govers. Het Spinhuis: 33-58. Wald, Priscilla. (1992) "Terms of Assimilation: Legislating Subjectivity in the Emerging Nation." Boundary 2. Wirth-Nesher, Hana. (2008). Call It English: The Languages of Jewish American Literature. Princeton UP.
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