This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
Instruction will concentrate on students' choosing historical periods as " case studies ", to be examined in depth based on the theme " Contact and Exchange " [c. Modern Period [3 cr.]]. These thematic areas are to be examined by means of current tendencies in historiography, the identification of problematics and the use of well-known or experimental techniques.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The first part of the course will involve a study of (Atlantic, domestic and Eastern) slave-trading. Firstly, taking a joined-up history approach connecting the Western, Muslim and Eastern worlds, we will study the world of slave-trading: how the various aspects of the trade worked together, its impact, and the dynamics of abolitionism. We will then examine the political and epistemological aspects of the history of slave trading and slavery, centring our study on the complex relationship between History and Memory.
The second part of the course will analyse the attitudes expressed by writers and scholars from the so-called ‘Islamic oecumene’, from various disciplines (travellers, geographers, ulamas, politicians), down through the ages, when describing and speaking of ‘the Other’. By a critical reading of texts in their historical context, the aim of this course is to explore the mental approach to and ideological discourse on ‘others’ produced by individuals and the socio-political systems which, over several centuries, dominated the Mediterranean and colonised many territories. This approach should enable us to identify the roots of certain issues and debates of interest to contemporary societies since the nineteenth century.