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Fall 2017
Sep 16, 2019
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ANTH 350 - Anth of War & Peace in Darfur
All eyes are now on Sudan following the arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1593, concerning alleged war crimes in Darfur. The UN Security Council referred the case to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, after the investigation of Sudan's own special prosecutor had not led to war prosecutions, suggesting the failure of institutions of justice within the country. Events of this magnitude are to be expected given the pervasive political violence that engulfed the country following its independence from British rule in January 1956. Ever since, the Sudan was converted into a theatre of atrocity that shattered lives and rendered ordinary citizens perpetual refugees and internally displaced people in a vast territory, the largest in the African continent. Within this context, this course will examine multiple topics pertaining to culture, society and politics. It will probe in depth local, national, international, and transnational responses to the devastation of the region. We will pay considerable attention to questions of representation and the production of knowledge. Since these questions are fundamental to anthropological understanding, we will cover multiple forces that heed John Hall's argument regarding "Culture of Inquiry" in which he argues that contemporary conflicts over knowledge tend to reinforce ideological oppositions when there is an opportunity to understand the complex web of uneven connections that structure the entire range of inquiry's practices (1999). In this course we will examine forces pertaining to ethnicity, militarization, banditry, border politics, diasporic activism, and marginality. Explication of these forces is essential for overcoming the rampant oversimplification of the conflict. We will probe culture and politics and trace the development of a political militancy that overwhelmed social arrangements among peoples with long histories of intermixing in a complex geography.. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Anthropology Department

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