COURSES OF INTEREST Fall 2014
Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication
TRA 200/COM 209/HUM 209
What is translation? What is a language? So essential and widespread is translation today that it has become a central analytic term for the contact of cultures, and a paradigm for studying many different aspects of our multilingual world. This course will consider translation as it appeared in the past, but especially as it constructs everyday life in the contemporary world. It will look at issues of anthropology, artificial intelligence, diplomacy, film, law and literature that involve interlingual and intercultural communication. Students should acquire an understanding of the problems and practices of modern translation
Sandra L. Bermann Lecture 11:00 am – 12:20 pm T
A History of the World Since 1300
An introduction to the history of the modern world, this course traces the global processes that connected regions with each other from the time of Genghis Khan to the present. The major themes of the course include the environmental impact of human development, the role of wars and empires in shaping world power, and the transformations of global trade, finance, and migration.
Jeremy I. Adelman Class 10:00 am W
Europe from Antiquity to 1700
This course shows how Greeks and Romans, Jews and Christians, nobles and merchants built the civilization of the west.
Anthony T. Grafton Class: 1:30-2:20 pm MW
Archaic and Classical Greece
CLA 216/HIS 216
The social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece from ca.750 B.C. through the time of the Peloponnesian War (404 B.C.). Special attention is paid to the emergence of the distinctively Greek form of political organization, the city state, and to democracy, imperialism, social practices, and cultural developments. Emphasis is placed on study of the ancient sources, methods of source analysis, and historical reasoning.
Marc Domingo Gygax Class: 3:30-4:20 pm TTh
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: Literature and the Arts
HUM 216, 217
This course, along with HUM 217, form the first part of an intensive yearlong exploration of the landmark achievements of the Western intellectual tradition. With an interdisciplinary team of faculty drawn from the humanities and social sciences, students examine pivotal texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization from antiquity to the middle ages as part of an ongoing cultural conversation. The course is enhanced by guest lectures and cultural excursions to museums, concerts, and plays. The two courses, taken together, total six hours a week and fulfill distribution requirements in both LA and HA.
The World of the Middle Ages
MED 227/HUM 227
An introduction to medieval culture in Western Europe from the end of the classical world to ca. 1400. The course focuses on themes such as the medieval concepts of self, humanity, and God; nation-building, conquest and crusade; relations among Christians, Jews, and Moslems; literacy, heresy, and the rise of vernacular literature; gender, chivalry, and the medieval court. Material approached through various cultural forms and media; some lectures by invited guest lecturers. Seminar discussion format with some lecturing.
Sara S. Poor Lecture: 11:00 am-12:20 pm MW
Greek Politics in Practice and Theory
CLA 244/CHV 244/POL 337
This course will approach select classics of Greek political thought (Plato's Statesman and Republic, Aristotle's Politics) through a scrutiny of Greek social and political institutions. Students will be introduced to basic principles such as the distinction between free and unfree, the social and political status of male and female, and the distribution of political power and access to political participation in the Greek polis, in order to be in a position to observe how the ideas of Greek political thinkers map onto this reality.
Nino Luraghi Class: 11:00-11:50 am TTH
From Jesus to Constantine: How Christianity Began
How did the movement that began with a few followers of Jesus of Nazareth become a world religion? We will investigate the earliest primary sources, gospels & historical accounts, Jewish & Roman, showing what was known about Jesus--including secret gospels; letters written to & from Roman emperors about whether to kill Christians to stop the movement; first-hand accounts of trials, prison diaries, & martyrdoms; what Jesus & Paul said about sexual practices & gender; what converts wrote about why they chose Christianity, despite the dangers; how emperor Constantine--and, shortly after, Augustine--influenced what we know as Christianity today.
Elaine H. Pagels Class: 11:00-11:50 am
Landmarks of European Identity
EPS 302/ECS 302
This course gives a broad and inter-disciplinary perspective on some of the very diverse cultural and historical roots of European identity. It examines contemporary debates over contested identity in the light of long historical trajectories in which identities were continually defined and reshaped. It is conceived as an introduction to many of the courses in Princeton dealing with European issues. The landmarks include, but are not restricted to, written texts. They include Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Marx and J.S. Mill, but also Fra Angelico, Beethoven and Thomas Mann. One three-hour seminar.
Harold James, Ute Mehnert Seminar: 1:30-4:20 pm T
PHI 306/COM 393
An examination of Nietzsche's central views, including the role of tragedy, the place of science, the eternal recurrence, the will to power, and the primacy of the individual. We will also examine Nietzsche's ambiguous attitude toward philosophy and his influence on literature and criticism.
Alexander Nehamas Class: 1:30-2:20pm TTh
ART 315/ARC 315/HLS 315
A survey of medieval architecture and urban design from ca. 300 to ca.1500 A.D. The aim will be to explore the major developments in religious and secular architecture in the West from Early Christian times to the Renaissance. Various aspects of architecture will be considered (patronage, functional requirements, planning, form, structure, construction techniques, symbolism, decoration) with the aim of attaining as complete an understanding as possible of architectural developments and urban design in their historical context.
Staff Class: 12:30-1:20pm TTh
Early Christian Biblical Interpretation
In this seminar, we shall study the ways in which the Christian Bible, comprising the Old and the New Testament, was interpreted in the early Church. After a broad survey of the history of Biblical interpretation to the end of the sixth century, we shall focus on the exegesis of specific Biblical themes (The Creation Narrative; the Story of Cain and Abel; the Sacrifice of Isaac; themes from the Book of Daniel; the Adoration of the Magi; Christ's Entry into Jerusalem; Lazarus and the Rich Man). Primary sources will be read in English translation.
Emmanuel Papoutsakis Seminar: 1:30-4:20 pm M
Europe in the 20th Century
The course will explore problems of modernity in European society, culture, and politics from the First World War to the fall of communism in Russia and East Central Europe. Part I will consider: the impact of the Great War, the crisis of liberal ideas and institutions, the ascent of communism and fascism. Part II deals with: post World War II justice and reconstruction, the cultural, and political divisions of the Cold War, and the Central European revolutions of 1989.
Anson G. Rabinbach Lecture: 11:00am-12:20pm MW
Topics in Country and Regional Economics: Economics of the European Union and Economies in Europe
ECO 372/EPS 342
This course studies the economies of current and prospective European Union (EU) members and economic integration in Europe after 1945. It explores the political motivation for, and the economic implications of, the European Union's moves towards ever deeper integration and enlargement. Topics include policy-making in the EU, adoption of common trade, agricultural, regional and competition policy as well as European Monetary Union and its implications for fiscal and labor market policies. The course focuses on current economic challenges and uses economic analysis to study policy issues.
Silvia Weyerbrock Lecture: 1:30-2:50pm TTh
History of Anthropological Theory
This course is an introduction to fundamental theories and debates in social/cultural anthropology. We will examine the national and colonial origins of anthropology, considering how western encounters with non-western peoples in the 19th-20th centuries opened questions about human kinship, history, economy, religion, language, sexuality, and personhood that continue to shape the horizons of our thought today. We will study this inheritance critically, exploring the changing concepts, methods, and ethics of anthropological research and writing, and evaluate their bearing on questions of power, justice, and identity in the present.
Elizabeth A. Davis Lecture: 11:00am-12:20pm TTh
Introduction to Syriac
A systematic introduction to Syriac language. Close reading of selected passages of Syriac texts.
Emmanuel Papoutsakis Seminar: 11:00am-12:20pm MW
Religions of Late Antiquity Workshop
A weekly, year-long workshop providing students in the Religions of Late Antiquity with the opportunity to present their current research for discussion.
AnneMarie Luijendijk Workshop: 1:30-2:50pm M
Topics in Social Anthropology - States in Crisis
This seminar explores states in various kinds of crisis: their "weakness" and "failure," their borders and margins, their porosity and dysfunction, their proxies and pawning, their disasters and debts, their violence, their corruption - as well as opposition and threats to state power: dissidence, social movements, paramilitary organizations, communal and corporate sovereignty. Readings tack between theories of what the state is and is not, and recent ethnographies that propose critiques, re-imaginations, and oblique visions of the state - opening new avenues to examine agency, justice, economy, and social ties.
Elizabeth A. Davis Seminar: 1:30-4:20pm W