Geographic regions such as the MENA (Middle East and North
Africa) are human constructions based on ideas about space
and difference, rather than naturally existing categories.
This course starts with a critical analysis of the making
of the MENA region, which covers about 25 countries from
Morocco to Iran, as a historical and political process.
In an effort to move beyond the predominantly Orientalist
constructions of this region in mainstream discourses, we
will read critical ethnographic studies of the historical,
political and cultural processes that have shaped human
lives in this diverse cultural space.