In addition to LIAS PhD students, this course is open to students of the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research), the MA Asian Studies (research), and the MA Classical and Ancient Civilizations (research). Interested students from other relevant Research MA programmes are kindly advised to contact the co-ordinator of studies, Dr. Nicole van Os before registering for this course.
How does knowledge gain cultural authority, and what do authoritative bodies of knowledge mean and do in human societies? In this course we will develop our ability to think about knowledge not only for what it is about, but for how it comes about, and how it relates to power, hierarchy, and resistance. We will discuss textual knowledge (and will grapple with the problem of textual canons, literary and religious), but we will also consider material, visual, and embodied forms of knowledge. We will utilize perspectives from literary theory, anthropology, philology, religious studies, art history, and archeology, engaging with key issues in critical area studies.
This course will be linked thematically to the LIAS Canonical Cultures Research Network. Students are welcome to attend other activities organized by the network.
To deepen your familiarity with key theoretical works dealing with the production of authoritative knowledge in the humanities and critical area studies;
To enhance of your oral presentation skills and of your ability to engage arguments in debate and workshop settings;
To further develop your academic writing skills.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed because of illness or misadventure. In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.
Assignments may include presentations and moderating the discussion.
Deadlines for paper submission are set by the convener, after consultation of the students. Papers must be submitted at a date that enables marking and administrative processing within maximally six weeks after the Seminar’s final session.
(ResMA students only)
ResMA students can take the course for credit, in which case they will write a paper worth about 70 hours of work. Information on the requirements for the paper will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.
Students should familiarize themselves with the notion of academic integrity and the ways in which this plays out in their own work. A good place to start is this page. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may not substantially reuse texts they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Students must submit their assignment(s) to the Blackboard through Turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.
Assessment and weighing
|Weekly written responses||50%|
|A research paper of ~3,000 words||50%|
In order to pass the course, students need a pass mark (“voldoende”, i.e. “5.50” or higher) for the research paper and for the course as a whole.
All categories of assessment must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
Only if the total weighted average is 5.49 or lower and this is the result of a paper graded 5.49 or lower, a re-sit of the paper is possible (50%). In that case the convenor of the course may decide to assign a (new) topic. The deadline for this version will be determined by the course convenor, after consultation with the student. A re-sit for other course components is not possible.
Inspection and feedback
If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.
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For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof