GLBL 298: Conflict and Post-Conflict Resolution in Modern Cyprus: Life and Culture Divided by a Wall (credit: 3 hours)
(8-week class on UIUC Campus, 2-week field trip to Cyprus during Winter Break)
Instructor: Dr. Stefanos Katsikas (School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, SLCL) This course explores the relationship between the nation and the state in the Eastern Mediterranean through a focus on the island of Cyprus. What has determined relations between ethnic groups living on the island? How did Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots end up engaged in an ethnic conflict in the 1960s, leading to the invasion of the Turkish army and partition of the island in 1974? What measures have been taken for post-conflict resolution since then? Finally, how is life and culture in a split country like Cyprus divided by a wall? Students will be able to visit the island and enrich their knowledge on its history and culture; see unique ancient, medieval, and modern monuments; and meet with hihg-ranking state officials, NGO activists, and others who lived through the events of the 1960s and 1970s to hear what happened and how those events changed people's lives.