JAH391Y0 Past and Present in Siena and Italy

Students will acquire a knowledge of the fundamental facts of Italian history and of the present social, cultural, and political issues faced by the country. They will examine the continuities and discontinuities of Italian identity and in the country’s relations to the rest of Europe and the world.

Recommended Preparation: ANT100Y1 or ANT200Y1 or ANT203Y1 or ANT204H1 or ANT207H1
Prerequisite: none.
JAH391Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field trips: The course will be highlighted by visits to Orvieto, Assisi, Florence and an overnight trip to Rome. The cost of these trips is CAD$860, paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, guides, and most entry fees.

Instructor: Ivan Kalmar is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor at Victoria College, University of Toronto. His main work has addressed how Muslims and Jews have been viewed in western Christian cultural history, including in Italy. His most recent book on this subject is Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power. Recently, he has focused his research on representations and attitudes to Muslim and other immigrants and citizens in the European Union. (Prof. Kalmar was once a refugee in Italy himself.) He is commencing a research project on this subject, with the cooperation of al team of Italian and other European and Canadian scholars.

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