As the world becomes increasingly connected, fears abound that we are all becoming increasingly the same. Indeed, degrees of cultural authenticity are perceived as being both contingent upon and commensurate with levels of isolation such that assimilation is tantamount to capitulation. Contrary to these Chicken Little jeremiads, globalization does not necessarily entail homogenization but can actually engender forms of localization. Instead of resulting in the elimination of cultural diversity, global integration provides the context for the production of new cultural forms. This course will investigate cultural change through three central themes: migration, climate change, and tourism. The culmination will be a final project that incorporates oral history interviews with individuals that students encounter along the voyage who are directly impacted by one of these themes. Readings, discussions, and the field class will challenge students to appreciate and interrogate the myriad of ways in which continuity is located in change.
Field WorkCountry: Greece
Date: January 14, 2022