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This list relates to the semester Semester Two 2018/19 which does not start until 01/01/2019
  1. Course Requirements 2 items
    1. There is no single core textbook for this module.  For each session, I have listed some core readings  on which the seminar activities will be based and a list of very useful further readings. I have also provided an accompanying list of key discussion questions. Students are strongly advised to read the core readings at a minimum, and one or more of the further readings, in preparation for the session. While reading, they should consider the accompanying discussion questions. It is important to note that the reading lists are only a starting point for the topic; students should go beyond these lists when researching the essay.

       

      Additional useful electronic resources

      Conversations with History - http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/

      SnagFilms http://www.snagfilms.com/

      Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk/cgi-bin/redir.pl?url=http://snagfilms.com/&handle=20080723-10353330

      iTunesU also has many public lectures from US universities such as Stanford, Yale and Princeton available on relevant issues.

       

      Internet sites:

      Middle East Eye

      Middle East Monitor

      Jadaliyya

      Haaretz

      Al-Monitor – The pulse of the Middle East

      +972 Blog

    2. Disclaimer:

      The opinions and political views discussed in the readings do not represent those of the course lecturer. The choice of readings marks an attempt to explore the mosaic of narratives that make up the Middle East while taking into account current political concerns in the region. Suggestions on alternative readings are welcome.

  2. 1. Introduction 4 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1.  

        1.      What are narratives?

        2.      Why study them?

    2. Core reading 3 items
      1. Side by side: parallel histories of Israel-Palestine - Peace Research Institute in the Middle East 2012

        Book Essential See: Sami Adwan and Dan Bar-On, ‘The Dual Narrative Approach’ pp. 9-16

  3. 2. Narratives and geographical imagination in conflict 30 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1. 1.      What role do narratives play in conflict?

        2.      How do narratives shape our identities?

        3.      How might we think about the legitimacy of competing narratives?

    2. Core reading 4 items
      1. Narrative politics: stories and collective action - Frederick W. Mayer, Oxford University Press 2014

        Book Essential See: Chapters 4 and 5

      2. The colonial present: Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq - Derek Gregory 2004

        Book Essential See: Chapters 1-2

      3. The power and the people: paths of resistance in the Middle East - Charles Tripp, Askews & Holts Library Services 2013

        Book Essential See: Chapter 5 - 'History Wars'

    3. Further reading 25 items
      1. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Further See: Building Legitimacy Through Narrative’ (Chapter 1)

      2. Narrative methods for the human sciences - Catherine Kohler Riessman 2008

        Book Further

      3. The Israel-Palestine conflict: contested histories - Neil Caplan, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential See: Chapter 2 - ‘Defining the Conflict, Nevertheless’

      4. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Further See: Daniel Bar-Tal and Gavriel Salomon, ‘Israeli-Jewish Narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Evolution, Contents, Functions, and Consequences

      5. Shared beliefs in a society: social psychological analysis - Daniel Bar-Tal c2000 (electronic resource)

        Book Further See: Chapter 10 - 'Societal Beliefs and Ethos: Contribution to Societal Psychology'

      6. Narrative and the politics of identity: the cultural psychology of Israeli and Palestinian youth - Phillip L. Hammack, Oxford University Press 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      7. The mind and its stories: narrative universals and human emotion - Patrick Colm Hogan 2003

        Book Further

      8. The history and narrative reader - Geoffrey Roberts 2001

        Book Further

      9. Narrative in Politcal Science - Molly Patterson, Kristen Renwick Monroe 06/1998

        Article Further

      10. Narrative as a Root Metaphor for Political Psychology - Phillip L. Hammack, Andrew Pilecki 02/2012

        Article Further

      11. Social identity and intergroup relations - Henri Tajfel c1982

        Book Further

      12. Narrative and Sociology - L. Richardson 01/04/1990

        Article Further

      13. Strategic narratives: communication power and the new world order - Alister Miskimmon, Ben O'Loughlin, Laura Roselle 2013

        Book Further

      14. Reading humanitarian intervention: human rights and the use of force in international law - Anne Orford, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2003

        Book Further See: Chapter 5 'The constitution of the international community: colonial stereotypes and humanitarian narratives'.

      15. Just war: authority, tradition, and practice 2013

        Book Further See: Anthony F. Lang; ‘Narrative Authority’

  4. 3. The narrative turn in IR 21 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1. Seminar questions:

        1.      Identify different kinds of narrative at work in this week's readings.

        2.      Fact or fiction?  Discuss the use of fiction as political narrative.

        3.      Discuss resistance as a function of narrative.

    2. Core reading 2 items
      1. Narrative and the making of US national security - Ronald R. Krebs 2015

        Book Essential See: Ronald R. Krebs, ‘Domination and the art of storytelling’, Chapter 2, available via Online Resource Button.

      2. The politics of exile - Elizabeth Dauphinee, Dawson Books 2013

        Book Essential Please plan ahead to make sure you have time to read all of the book if possible.

    3. Further reading 18 items
      1. Strategic narrative: A new means to understand soft power - L. Roselle, A. Miskimmon, B. O'Loughlin 01/04/2014

        Article Further

      2. The ethics of autoethnography - Elizabeth Dauphinee 2010-7

        Article Further

      3. Feminist security studies: a narrative approach - Annick T. R. Wibben 2011

        Book Further

      4. The history and narrative reader - Geoffrey Roberts 2001

        Book Further See: Hayden White, ‘Historical Emplotment and the Problem of Truth’.

      5. The mess inside: narrative, emotion, and the mind - Peter Goldie, Oxford University Press 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      6. Is all 'I' IR? - S. Naumes 01/06/2015

        Article Further

  5. 4. Empathy, emotions and identity 34 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1. 1.        What is the relation of empathy, emotions, and identity to conflict?

        2.        Find one example in the news where you think these concepts are actively shaping policy/public responses.

    2. Core reading 4 items
      1. The handbook of conflict resolution: theory and practice - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

        Book Essential See: Chapter 12 - Evelin G. Lindner, ‘Emotion and Conflict: Why it is important to understand how emotions affect conflict and how conflict affects emotions’

      2. Fear No More: Emotions and World Politics - Roland Bleiker and Emma Hutchison 2008

        Article Essential

      3. Ethnocracy: land and identity politics in Israel/Palestine - Oren Yiftachel c2006

        Book Essential See: pp. 3-51

    3. Further reading 29 items
      1. Israeli identity, thick recognition and conflict transformation - Lisa Strombom 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 3 - ‘Identities in Conflict’

      2. Political emotions: why love matters for justice - Martha Craven Nussbaum 2013

        Book Further

      3. The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions and Foreign Policy - Jacques E. C. Hymans 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Further See: Chapter 1 – ‘Leaders’ national identity conceptions and nuclear choices’

      4. Collective Emotions in Conflict Situations: Societal Implications - Daniel Bar-Tal, Eran Halperin, Joseph de Rivera 06/2007

        Article Further

      5. Empathy: philosophical and psychological perspectives - Amy Coplan, Peter Goldie, Oxford University Press 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      6. The Role of Empathy in Improving Intergroup Relations - Walter G. Stephan, Krystina Finlay 01/1999

        Article Further

      7. Affective relations: the transnational politics of empathy - Carolyn Pedwell 2014

        Book Further

      8. Healing the cycles of humiliation: how to attend to the emotional aspects of 'unsolvable' conflicts and the use of 'humiliation entrepreneurship'. - Lindner, Evelin Gerda, U Oslo, Institute of Psychology, Oslo, Norway, e.g.lindner@psykologi.uio.no 2002

        Article Further

      9. The cultural politics of emotion - Sara Ahmed c2004

        Book Further

      10. When groups meet: the dynamics of intergroup contact - Thomas F. Pettigrew, Linda R. Tropp 2011

        Book Further

      11. Upheavals of thought: the intelligence of emotions - Martha Craven Nussbaum c2001

        Book Further

      12. The social neuroscience of empathy - Jean Decety, William John Ickes c2009 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      13. Reason, Emotion and Cooperation - Richard N. Lebow 2005

        Article Further

  6. 5. Hannah Arendt and the Eichmann controversy 2 items
    1. Core reading 2 items
      1. FILM Showing: Hannah Arendt

         

        Core reading:  you should read as much of Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil as possible over the two weeks in preparation for the class debate in Week 6. 

      2. Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil - Hannah Arendt 2006

        Book Essential

  7. 6. Hannah Arendt and the Eichmann controversy 22 items
    Class debate: more information will be provided in advance in class.
    1. Core reading 6 items
      1. Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil - Hannah Arendt 2006

        Book Essential

      2. Hannah Arendt's challenge to Adolf Eichmann - Judith Butler 29th August 2011

        Article Essential

      3. The American Scholar: Hannah Arendt on Trial - Daniel Maier-Katkin, Nathan Stoltzfus 2013

        Article Essential

    2. Further reading 16 items
      1. From empathy to denial: Arab responses to the Holocaust - Meir Litvak, Esther Webman 2009

        Book Essential See: Chapter 3 – ‘The Eichmann Affair, May 1960 to May 1962’. Available via the Online Resource button.

      2. Hannah Arendt and the Jewish question - Richard J. Bernstein 1996

        Book Further

      3. Hannah arendt and the law - Marco Goldini, Christopher McCorkindale 2012

        Book Further

      4. How Innocent was Eichmann? - Hugh Trevor-Roper

        Article 

      5. Hannah Arendt, for love of the world - Elisabeth Young-Bruehl May 1982

        Book Further

      6. ”The Formidable Dr. Robinson”: A Reply - Hannah Arendt 20 January 1966

        Article Further Available on microfiche; for reference only.

      7. Politics, philosophy, terror: essays on the thought of Hannah Arendt - Dana Richard Villa 1999

        Book Further

      8. The Cambridge companion to Hannah Arendt - Dana Richard Villa 2000

        Book Further See: Seyla Benhabib: ‘Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem’

      9. Dignity in adversity: human rights in troubled times - Seyla Benhabib c2011

        Book Further See: Chapter 2: Seyla Benhabib, ‘From The Dialectic of Enlightenment to The Origins of Totalitatianism: Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer in the Company of Hannah Arendt’

      10. Modernity and the Holocaust - Zygmunt Bauman c2000

        Book Further

  8. 7. Israel and Palestine (1): The early years: Arab nationalism and Zionism 28 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1. Seminar questions:

        1.        What were the key factors in the emergence of the Arab/Palestinian and Zionist national movements?  Situate these in the wider international political context.

        2.        What narratives do these movements articulate and how are they viewed by the other group?

    2. Core reading 4 items
      1. Arabs and Israelis: conflict and peacemaking in the Middle East - Abdel Monem Said Aly, Shai Feldman, Khalīl Shiqāqī 2013

        Book Essential See: Chapter 1 – ‘The Formative Years’. Available via the Online Resource button.

      2. The question of Palestine - Edward W. Said 1980

        Book Essential See: pp. 3-37. Available via the Online Resource button.

      3. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential See: Chapter 3: Dina Porat, ‘Forging Zionist Identity Prior to 1948 – Against which counter-identity?’

      4. International relations of the Middle East 2016

        Book Essential See: Raymond Hinnebusch, ‘The Politics of Identity in Middle East International Relations’, Chapter 7, available via Online Resource Button.

    3. Documents 5 items
      1. The Israel-Arab reader: a documentary history of the Middle East conflict - Walter Laqueur, Barry M. Rubin 1985, c1984

        Book 

      2. The Israel-Arab reader: a documentary history of the Middle East conflict - Walter Laqueur, Barry M. Rubin c2008

        Book  See: Theodor Herzl, Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) (1896), pp. 4-9

      3. The Israel-Arab reader: a documentary history of the Middle East conflict - Walter Laqueur, Barry M. Rubin c2008

        Book  See: The First Zionist Congress: The Basle Declaration (August 1897), pp. 9-10

      4. The Israel-Arab reader: a documentary history of the Middle East conflict - Walter Laqueur, Barry M. Rubin c2008

        Book  See: The Balfour Declaration, p.16

    4. Further reading 18 items
      1. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book Further See: Chapter 1: ‘Ottoman Society, Palestine, and the Origins of Zionism, 1516-1914’, pp.26-39

      2. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book Further See: Chapter 5

      3. Side by side: parallel histories of Israel-Palestine - Peace Research Institute in the Middle East 2012

        Book Further

      4. The Israel-Palestine conflict: contested histories - Neil Caplan, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Further See: Chapters 3 and 4: ‘Defining the Conflict, Nevertheless’

      5. The Palestine-Israel conflict: a basic introduction - Gregory Harms, Todd M. Ferry 2012

        Book Further

      6. A brief history of Israel - Bernard Reich c2012

        Book Further

      7. Israel: a history - Martin Gilbert 2008

        Book Further

      8. Righteous victims: a history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-2001 - Benny Morris 2001

        Book Further

      9. A history of Zionism - Walter Laqueur c2003

        Book Further

      10. Palestinian identity: the construction of modern national consciousness - Rashid Khalidi, American Council of Learned Societies c1997 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      11. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Further See: Chapter 5: Nadim N. Rouhana, ‘Zionism’s Encounter with the Palestinians: The dynamics of force, fear, and extremism’

      12. The Jewish state - Theodor Herzl 1988

        Book Further

      13. Theodor Herzl and the origins of Zionism - Ritchie Robertson, Edward Timms c1997

        Book Further

      14. Land and power: the Zionist resort to force, 1881-1948 - Anita Shapira 1999, c1992

        Book Further

      15. Israel's Holocaust and the politics of nationhood - Idith Zertal 2005

        Book Further

  9. 8. Reading week – there is no class this week. 0 items
  10. 9. Israel and Palestine (2): The partitioning of Palestine: ‘Nakba’ and Independence 39 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1. 1.      What issues did the UN Partition Plan raise for Palestinians and Jews?

        2.      What are the respective narratives of the 'Nakba' and independence?

        3.      How do these narratives impact upon interpretations of the conflict today?

    2. Core reading 4 items
      1. Arabs and Israelis: conflict and peacemaking in the Middle East - Abdel Monem Said Aly, Shai Feldman, Khalīl Shiqāqī 2013

        Book Essential See: Chapter 2

      2. Side by side: parallel histories of Israel-Palestine - Peace Research Institute in the Middle East 2012

        Book Essential See: Chapter 4: ‘The War of Independence and the Founding of the State of Israel/Al-Nakbah, 1948’, pp. 108-133

      3. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential See: Chapter 4: Saleh Abdel Jawad, ‘The Arab and Palestinian Narratives of the 1948 War’

    3. Documents 7 items
      1. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: pp. 155-62, 210-216

      2. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: Palestine Royal (Peel) Commission Report

      3. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: The 1939 White Paper

      4. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: UN Plan of Partition

      5. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: Testimony on Palestinian Arab Reaction to the UNSCOP proposals, September 29, 1947

      6. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: Testimony on Zionist Reaction to the UNSCOP Proposals, October 2, 1947

      7. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book  See: Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, May 14, 1948

    4. Further reading 27 items
      1. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine - Ilan Pappé c2006

        Book Further

      2. The Israel-Palestine conflict: contested histories - Neil Caplan, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Further See: Chapter 6: ‘Shoah’, Atzma’ut, Nakba: 1939-1949’

      3. The Israel/Palestine question: a reader - Ilan Pappé 2007

        Book Further See: Chapter 8: Avi Shlaim, ‘The Debate about 1948’

      4. From empathy to denial: Arab responses to the Holocaust - Meir Litvak, Esther Webman 2009

        Book Further See: Chapter 10 – ‘The Palestinian Catastrophe (Nakba) versus the Holocaust’ and Chapter 11 – ‘Breaking taboos: the new Arab discourse on the Holocaust’

      5. The Israel/Palestine question: a reader - Ilan Pappé 2007

        Book Further

      6. Righteous victims: a history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-2001 - Benny Morris 2001

        Book Further

      7. The Palestine-Israel conflict: a basic introduction - Gregory Harms, Todd M. Ferry 2012

        Book Further

      8. A brief history of Israel - Bernard Reich c2012

        Book Further

      9. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Charles D. Smith c2013

        Book Further See: Chapter 4, pp. 163-199

      10. Israel: a history - Martin Gilbert 2008

        Book Further

      11. Narrating conflict in the Middle East: discourse, image and communications practices in Lebanon and Palestine 2013

        Book Further See: Nadia Yaqub: ‘Narrating the Nakba: Palestinian Filmmakers revisit 1848’

      12. 1948: a history of the first Arab-Israeli war - Benny Morris c2008

        Book Further

      13. The iron wall: Israel and the Arab world - Avi Shlaim 2000

        Book Further

      14. The making of the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1947-1951 - Ilan Pappé 2015

        Book Further

      15. The Israel-Arab reader: a documentary history of the Middle East conflict - Walter Laqueur, Barry M. Rubin c2008

        Book Further

      16. The war for Palestine: rewriting the history of 1948 - Eugene L. Rogan, Avi Shlaim 2007

        Book Further See: Introduction; pp. 1-7

  11. 10. The politics of nuclear weapons: Iran and the United States (Class debate) 30 items
    1. Seminar questions 1 item
      1. 1.      What are the central narratives of the 'self' and 'other' for Iran and the United States?

         

        2.      How have these been constructed?

    2. Core reading 6 items
      1. Negotiating with Iran: wrestling the ghosts of history - John W. Limbert c2009

        Book Essential See: Chapters 1 and 7

      2. The "Great Satan" vs. the "Mad Mullahs": how the United States and Iran demonize each other - William O. Beeman, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapters 8 and 9

      3. Surrender is not an option: defending America at the United Nations and abroad - John R. Bolton 2008

        Book Essential See: Chapter 5

      4. Iran deal more than a nuclear issue - T. Parsi 7th December 2014

        Article Essential

    3. Further reading 23 items
      1. Becoming enemies: U.S.-Iran relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988 - James G. Blight, Janet M. Lang, Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne 2014

        Book Further

      2. U.S.-Iran misperceptions: a dialogue - John Tirman, Abbas Maleki 2014

        Book Further

      3. The psychology of nuclear proliferation: identity, emotions and foreign policy - Jacques E. C. Hymans, Dawson Books 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      4. The Iranian nuclear crisis: avoiding worst-case outcomes - Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies c2008 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      5. A single roll of the dice: Obama's diplomacy with Iran - Trita Parsi 2012

        Book Further

      6. The age of deception: nuclear diplomacy in treacherous times - Mohamed El Baradei 2012, c2011

        Book Further

      7. The Iranian nuclear crisis: a memoir - Seyyed Hossein Mousavian 2012

        Book Further

      8. Iran and the United States: an insider's view on the failed past and the road to peace - Seyyed Hossein Mousavian, Shahir Shahidsaless 2014

        Book Further

      9. Hidden Iran: paradox and power in the Islamic Republic - Ray Takeyh 2007

        Book Further

      10. Rethinking Iran - Robert E. Hunter 10/2010

        Article Further

      11. Myths, illusions, and peace: finding a new direction for America in the Middle East - Dennis Ross, David Makovsky 2010

        Book Further Chapters 7-9 are of particular interest.

      12. Iran and the West , Nuclear Confrontation , 21:00 21/02/2009, BBC2 (BBC2 London, BBC2 Scotland), 60 mins.

        Audio-visual document Further Episode 3 of 3. Available to GU staff & students via Box of Broadcasts.

  12. 11. Conclusions: Strategies and geographies of narratives 3 items
    Essay preparation
    1. Core readings 3 items
      1. Reflexivity and international relations: positionality, critique, and practice - Askews & Holts Library Services 2016

        Book Essential See: Elizabeth Dauphinee, ‘Narrative engagement and the creative practices of International Relations’

      2. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential See: Chapter 8: Ilan Pappe: ‘The Bridging Narrative Concept’

      3. Israeli and Palestinian narratives of conflict: history's double helix - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential See: Chapter 6: Mordechai Bar-On: ‘Conflicting Narratives of Narratives of a Conflict: Can the Zionist and Palestinian narratives of the 1948 War be Bridged’?