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Anthropology

An Investigation of Holocaust Education in Argentina

Jake Falby ('10); Lynn Rappaport

The purpose of this project was to investigate how education about the Holocaust is conducted in Argentina, with a focus on government directives of pedagogical methods in secondary education. The primary methods of investigation used were personal interviews and oral testimony. Figures from the Argentine ministry of education, leading Jewish organizations, public school teachers and students, were asked to share their views on the importance of historical memory in contemporary Argentina. Testimony from a multitude of subjects with distinct perspectives, occupations and backgrounds, suggests that remembering the history of violence and genocide of the 20th century has a particularly profound significance for Argentina, and that teaching about this history is made a priority in Argentine schools. Argentina seems to have embraced the idea of remembering the past so as not to repeat it, and remembering the Holocaust is made a central tenet of this commitment to historical remembrance.
Funding provided by: Berliner Holocaust Studies Grant

Carrots and Sticks: Gender, Labor, Migrants and the (In)formal Relationship Between State and Civil Society in the UAE

Christine Sargent ('10); Pardis Mahdavi

This project, begun in 2008, seeks to critically explore the chasm between international human trafficking discourse and the complex, intersecting realities of migration, trafficking, labor, human rights, and gender in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Our study relies on ethnographic methods and seeks to examine how international politics, poverty, gender inequality, racism, and notions of citizenship complicate and contradict mainstream, sensationalized trafficking rhetoric. Our main findings reveal how: 1) Several unofficial organizations throughout the UAE informally provide social services for migrant populations in need. 2) The State utilizes these organizations’ experience and connections, but refuses to grant any type of official NGO-like status, which serves as a means by which to exert intimidation and control. 3) The gendered, sexualized, racialized subject upon which popular images of human trafficking are predicated - epitomized in the image the 3rd world female sex slave - has served to unproductively politicize the issue and increase stigmatization both of human trafficking victims and their advocates.
Funding provided by: Pomona College SURP

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