What constitutes national identity? And how does (national) identity form itself in diaspora? What happens when both forced and voluntary migration relocates local inhabitants to countries across the globe, and how does it transforms and re-creates identity, cultural practices, and social relations? What power dynamics are at play, both in country of origin and host country, and how do they interact with each other? Zooming in on narratives of Kurdish communities both locally and globally, how does national identity intersect with religious identity, and how do experiences of trauma, migration, or exile affect these identities? In this course, students will engage with different aspects of identity formation, and critically study and analyze the effects of (forced) movement and violent histories upon those identities. It aims to give students both the lenses through which (national) identity formation can be understood and analyzed, and the tools through which students can apply their knowledge in written assignments.

 

Skill Level: Beginner