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Globalization, Politics and Diplomacy in the 21st Century

The course will explore the ways the new nation-states that emerged after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union in the Black Sea region in a wider sense have constructed and consolidated their statehoods and national identities. How did the post-Soviet border conflicts shape new identities and memories? In what ways could traditional bazaars coexist with the introduction of the market? Could old-fashioned religious identities relate to new cosmopolitan or global communities? Can tourism reconstruct the ancient Silk Roads? The course will examine these questions in a comparative approach examining each week particular case studies from the region of the eastern Mediterranean.

 

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course the students will have gained:

  • critical awareness of the relationship between past and present processes and mechanisms which contributed to the formation of the post-socialist Black Sea states 

  • knowledge of the local and regional history vis-à-vis global processes and changes 

  • the ability to use tools of other human sciences (social anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, social theory) in order to study various branches of historical research (economic, social, political, cultural).