This page is continually subject to change without notice. Please come back to it before each class.

Please note that all of the readings, podcasts, videos, and research projects listed below are required unless marked optional. There are many ways to access a journal class through the University of Toronto Library site. If any of the links below does not work, please try to find the class another way. If you experience problems, please contact a librarian.

A few hours or at most a few days after each class, study questions about that class will be available on this web site.

January 6

Organizational meeting: Getting to know each other. Introduction.

January 13

History basics: The West. Imperialism; Immigration

Reading: Ivan Kalmar, Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power (London: Routledge, 2012), 19 (from "Orientalism: The Term")-29. (To read the text, click on "Taylor and Francis e-Books." If experiencing problems with access, please contact a librarian.)

George Yancy, "Colonial gazing: the production of the body as 'other,'" The Western Journal of Black Studies 32.1 (Spring 2008), 1-15.

Videocast: John Green, Imperialism: Crash Course in World History #35. Please read this note on how to study from podcasts and videocasts.

January 20

Orientalism. Explorers, Artists, Writers, Film Makers, Ethnographers

Sheila Melvin, "Pearl's Great Price," The Wilson Quarterly 30(2), 2006, 24-30.

Pierre Bourdieu, "Colonialism and ethnography: Foreword to Pierre Bourdieu's Travail et travailleurs en Algérie," Anthropology Today 19 (2), 2003, 13-18.

Ira Jackni, "Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson in Bali: Their Use of Photography and Film," Cultural Anthropology 3 (2), 1988, 160-177.

Franz Boas, "An anthropologist's credo," The Nation 147 (1938): 201-204. pt.1 pt. 2

January 27

Christianity and Its Near Others: Theological Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Reading: Ivan Kalmar, Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power (London: Routledge, 2012), Introduction and Chapter 2 ("The Obscene Father: Allah, Jehovah, and the oriental despot"). (To read the text, click on "Taylor and Francis e-Books." If experiencing problems with access, please contact a librarian.)

Ivan Kalmar, "Race by the Grace of God: Race, Religion, and the Construction of "Jew" and "Arab," in Efraim Sicher, ed., Jews Color Race: Rethinking Jewish Identities. London: Berghahn Press, 2013, 482-509. Prepublication copy.

February 3

The "Jewish Question" and the West's Views of the Non-West

Ivan Kalmar, "Islam as Judaism: Reflections on Hegel," ms.

Egbert Klautke, "The Mind of the Nation: The Debate about Völkerpsychologie, 1851–1900, Central Europe 8.1 (May 2010), 1-19.

February 10

Test 1 at 3 pm. in the classroom.

Please note: Registration for the lecture by Ivan Kalmar on Antisemitism and Islamophobia, preceding class, is now closed. If you have pre-registered, please note that the lecture location is at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, 481 University Ave, Suite 711.

February 24

Africans and other "tribal" peoples.

Babacar Camara, "The Falsity of Hegel's Theses on Africa," Journal of Black Studies 36 (1), 2005, 82-96.

Francesca Merlan, "Indigeneity: Global and Local," Current Anthropology 50 (3), 2009, 303-320. (The comments, pages 320-329, are recommended but not required.)

March 3

The Far East

James Brown, "The Zen of Anarchy: Japanese Exceptionalism and the Anarchist Roots of the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance,"Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 19 (2), 2009, 207-242.

Michael Barr, "Nation Branding as Nation Building: China's Image Campaign," East Asia 29 (1), 81-94.

Essay topic with at least one full literature reference due by email.

March 10

Sex and Gender. Spirituality.

Andrei A. Znamenski, The Beauty of the Primitive: Shamanism and Western Imagination. Chapter 1: "Enlightenment and Romantic Scholars Look at Shaman." Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Ivan Kalmar, "The Houkah in the Harem:  On Smoking and Orientalist Art,Smoking, ed. by Sander L. Gilman and Xun Zhou.  London:  Reaktion Press, 2004, 218-229.  (Preprint draft, online.)

March 17

World music. East and West: together.

Steven Feld, "A Sweet Lullaby for World Music," Public Culture 12.1 (2000), 145-171.

Tariq Ramadan, The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism (required purchase), Introduction, Chapters 1 "The Quest for Meaning," 2. "Of the Universal," 3. "Faith and Reason," 4. "Emotion and Belonging." This reading is for next week, but do it now because next week's reading is a little long.

March 24

Multiculturalism and interculturalism. "Western" values?

Tariq Ramadan, The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism (required purchase). Required: Chapters 6. Fraternity and Equality, 12. The Sense of Belonging, 13. Of Civilizations. Recommended: Chapter 14. Love, Forgiveness and Love.

Essays due. How to submit

March 31

Test 2 in EX 320, during class time (i.e. starts at 2:10).