Goulding_Syllabus_IntroGlobal_10_-1 - INTRODUCTION TO...

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HIST 10800-01 The College of Wooster Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10.00-10.50 a.m. Kauke 305 Marc C. Goulding Office: Kauke 113 Phone: 330-263-2025 Email: [email protected] Course Description: Recently, artist Wyclef Jean announced his plan to run for the presidency of Haiti. While he still carries a Haitian passport (one badge or marker used by nation-states to assert their sovereign boundaries, to indicate who is “in” and who is “out”), Jean has spent most of his life in the United States. According to Haitian law, candidates must reside in the country for five years to qualify for the presidency. Haiti’s electoral council has ruled that Jean will not be allowed to stand for election in November, and the artist has declared he will contest that decision. “I want to assure my countrymen that I will continue to work for Haiti’s renewal,” Jean said in a recent statement. “Although the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is – and my heart has and will always be in Haiti.” 1 This story is just one recent example, to which could be added countless others, of migration, diaspora, and transnationality. A transnational perspective is clearly needed in order to understand the histories that reach back from Wyclef Jean’s presidential effort, branching in multiple and complex directions. Indeed, the question of how Jean came to this point in 2010, as well as the history of Haiti itself, demands a global view. Taking a global view, on one level, 1 Reported by BBC online, 21 August 2010, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11034608. INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HISTORY
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means understanding historical dynamics that traverse boundaries and resist containment in national or geographical boxes. Global perspectives are now often considered crucial, and the term “globalization” appears with striking frequency in popular media these days. Observations such as “we live in an era of increasing globalization,” and calls for a commitment to “global citizenship” have become commonplace. Technologies of travel and communication, and the transnational spread of market systems, seem for many to have made our twenty-first century world somehow smaller . And, certainly, the ability to go physically from one continent to another in a matter of hours, and to communicate across vast distances in virtually no time at all set our era apart from prior times. But “globalization” is nothing new. Humans, and their cultures, are restless. They have always moved and traversed deserts, oceans, and continents. In a sense, movements and interactions have been core defining features of human societies throughout history (or, histories ). People going from place to place, carrying cultures, systems of belief, hierarchies and modes of oppression, as well as liberatory ideals and philosophies, are forces that have helped to shape the
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