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2019 Summer
* GLS 327 / ANT 348 / GER 330 / POL 484 (SA)   na, npdf

Xenophobia and Xenophilia in Germany

John W. Borneman


This course examines the socio-psychology of both xenophilia (welcoming the foreign) and xenophobia (fear of the foreign). We enter into the dreamscape of others (Germans and foreigners) to understand what "integration" of the other might mean, focusing on the modification of projections and their changing nature in Germany. Long-term patterns of hospitality and generosity with diverse cultural roots are counterbalanced today by increased anxieties about the presence of the foreign. We introduce students to ethnographic methods, facilitating encounters and observations outside the classroom. Includes a trip from Berlin to Vienna.

Sample reading list:
Douglas, Mary, Purity and Danger
Bollas, Christopher, The Shadow of the Object
Houllebecq, Michael, Submission: A Novel
Herzfeld, Michael, As in your own House
Green, Simon, Germany A Changing Country of Immigration
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The seminar will be discussion and encounter focused. Reading reading from 100 - 200 pages per week along with viewing visual material before class. Students will keep an ethnographic journal of daily experiences, including photos and video clips, which will be incorporated into the final product (a 10-20 minute video plus 5 pp. essay reflecting on this). Seminar in Berlin and one trip to Vienna. Students will take a mid-term take-home exam.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Other information:
This class will meet from 6/10/2019 to 7/19/2019. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a German language course that will complement the content of the seminar. If interested in applying, please see GPS application. The seminar fulfills the Social Analysis (SA) requirement and the departmental requirements for Anthropology (ANT). Not open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10003 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15