The Politics of Solidarity and Transnationalism in the Arab World
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- Module Not Running 2019/2020
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- Term 2
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- Engage critically with theoretical approaches to solidarity within the disciplines of politics, history and geography
- Demonstrate knowledge of empirical case examples of solidarity and transnational connection from the colonial period to the present day
- Use primary sources in researching and retrieving discourses and practices of solidarity
- Demonstrate strong oral and written analytical and argumentation skills
Two-hour seminar per week
Scope and syllabus
- Introduction: What is Solidarity? Where is Solidarity?
- Theoretical Approaches: Relation, Identity, Affect
- Capital, Labour and Nationalism: Students and Workers in Colonial Egypt and Algeria
- Race, Gender, and Difference: Women Writers and the ‘Bandung Spirit’
- Communities of States in Decolonisation: Arabism, Afro-Asianism and Nonalignment in the Cold War
- Between Nationalism and Internationalism: Arabist and Pan-African Political Traditions
- Songs of Solidarity: Protest Cultures in the Global 1960s
- Strategies and Practices: Comparing Anti-apartheid and BDS Campaigns
- Coalitions and Examples: From the Antiwar Movement to the Arab Uprisings
- Balances of Power: R2P and the Politics of Intervention in the Arab World
Method of assessment
Assessment is 50% Coursework (comprising one 2500 words essay), and a 50% unseen examination.
- Abdalla, Ahmed. The Student Movement and National Politics in Egypt: 1923-1973. London: Al Saqi, 1985.
- Byrne, Jeffrey. Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Chalcraft, John. Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Çubukçu, Ayca. “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,” Journal of Human Rights, special issue on Humanitarianism and Responsibility, 12(1), 2013: 40-58.
- Featherstone, David. Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism, Zed Books, 2012.
- Lee, Christopher ed., Making a World After Empire: The Bandung Moment and its Political Afterlives, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010. Especially chapters by Lee, Bier, and Chakrabarty.