360° for Spring 2013 Looks at “The Mediterranean as a Crossroads”; includes Travel to Marseille

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 3:43 pm.


“The Mediterranean as a Crossroads: History, Migrations, Identities,” one of three 360° course clusters being offered for Spring 2013, examines the social, historical, artistic, and cultural shape of the Mediterranean through the study of Mediterranean port-cities and their populations.

“Mediterranean as a Crossroads” includes the courses Mediterranean PortCities: Immigration and Identities, taught by Lecturer Agnès Peysson-Zeiss (French), and Modern Mediterranean History, taught by Associate Professor of History Alexander Kitroeff, of Haverford College.

The two courses examine how cities have been affected by colonization, decolonization, Europeanization, and political change (e.g., the current so-called “Arab Spring”) since the 19th century. They focus particularly on political economy, anti-colonial struggles, human migrations, and cultural movements.

“Mediterranean as a Crossroads” includes a trip during spring break to Marseille, where the students will spend time with social workers to get a better understanding of the challenges facing modern immigrants in the region. Social Worker Anne Bradley of the Civic Engagement Office will travel with the group and help frame the fieldwork and social-work related activities.

“Mediterranean Port-Cities: Immigration and Identities” will be taught in English. However, there will be additional meetings held in French with work in the language for students interested in taking the course for French credit.

“Our goal is to further the students’ understanding of the area and of migratory flux through various media,” wrote the 360° faculty in the application for approval. “Students will be presented with historical and literary texts, as well as films and various art forms, encouraging them to think through different approaches. The field trip to Marseille happening mid-way will be a way to apply what we will have seen in the classrooms.”


Mediterranean Port‐Cities: Immigration and Identities (Fren270)
This course will study the relationship between cities around the Mediterranean and France; how the various waves of immigration have shaped the cityscape and how much of a thriving effect they had on its cultural, literary and artistic creation. Taught in English. Additional meeting in French with written work in the language for students interested in taking the course for French credit.
Agnès Peysson‐Zeiss, French: Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Modern Mediterranean History (Hist117)
This course will introduce students to the social history of the Mediterranean region; examining how the Mediterranean world responded to the challenges of modernity and how its common cultural, geographical and geopolitical features helped shape those responses.
Alexander Kitroeff, History: Tuesday/Thursday 2:30–4 p.m. (at Haverford)

Enrollment Criteria: An informational tea is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Quita Woodward Room. To be considered for the course, students must preregister and complete an online application. The application must be completed and submitted to the instructors no later than by noon on Friday, November 9.  Students will receive final decisions on participation by Monday, November 12. For more information go to the 360° website.

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