Culture, Conflict, and Memory in Southeast Asia (ANT2122.01)

Timothy Karis

Southeast Asia is a region with rich cultural diversity as well as an eventful political-economic history over the past century, its residents experiencing European colonialism, protracted wars, and tumultuous experiments with communism. Targeting the tensions and conflicts that have accompanied nation-building in Southeast Asia, this course uses ethnography, film, and literature to examine the relationships between cultural and national identity, coercive attempts to rework “culture” in the name of social revolution, and the ongoing social, political, and psychological impacts of past conflicts through collective memory and strategies of representing the past. The first part of the course details the historical development of Southeast Asian societies and nations, identifying common cultural and political trends while questioning what may be obscured by a regional approach. We will spend the rest of the semester taking a detailed look at case studies from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and elsewhere to pinpoint the complex and debated relationships between culture, conflict, and memory in these settings.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
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