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Despite the supposedly homogenizing effects of globalization, people continue to be joined together and divided asunder by the languages they speak, the religions they follow, and the ethnic identities to which they belong. Such cultural features all have specific geographies, tied to particular places. But while cultural-geographical terms such as “the Arabic world” and “the Islamic world” are used ubiquitously, many people remain uncertain where such “worlds” are and how they differ from each other.



The purpose of this map-intensive course is to explore the locational dynamics of the world’s languages, religions, and ethnic groupings. We will examine every world region, seeking to understand how places vary from each other with regard to the cultural attributes of their inhabitants. The course will explore the historical forces that have generated cultural diversity, and will carefully examine the processes of contemporary transformation.
This course is presented in enhanced podcast format: the presentation images are synched with the audio track and will display in the album artwork section of your iTunes application. If the album artwork field is not already visible, go to the "View" menu and select "Show Artwork."


Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

Geography of World Cultures Stanford

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Despite the supposedly homogenizing effects of globalization, people continue to be joined together and divided asunder by the languages they speak, the religions they follow, and the ethnic identities to which they belong. Such cultural features all have specific geographies, tied to particular places. But while cultural-geographical terms such as “the Arabic world” and “the Islamic world” are used ubiquitously, many people remain uncertain where such “worlds” are and how they differ from each other.



The purpose of this map-intensive course is to explore the locational dynamics of the world’s languages, religions, and ethnic groupings. We will examine every world region, seeking to understand how places vary from each other with regard to the cultural attributes of their inhabitants. The course will explore the historical forces that have generated cultural diversity, and will carefully examine the processes of contemporary transformation.
This course is presented in enhanced podcast format: the presentation images are synched with the audio track and will display in the album artwork section of your iTunes application. If the album artwork field is not already visible, go to the "View" menu and select "Show Artwork."


Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

    The Geography of World Cultures Course Introduction (April 10, 2007)

    The Geography of World Cultures Course Introduction (April 10, 2007)

    April 10, 2007 meeting of Professor Martin Lewis's Geography of World Cultures course.

    • 6 sec
    2. Language and Historical Linguistics (April 17, 2007)

    2. Language and Historical Linguistics (April 17, 2007)

    April 17, 2007 meeting of Professor Martin Lewis's Geography of World Cultures course.

    • 6 sec
    3. The Indo-European Language Zone (April 24, 2007)

    3. The Indo-European Language Zone (April 24, 2007)

    April 24, 2007 meeting of Professor Martin Lewis's Geography of World Cultures course.

    • 6 sec
    4. Linguistic Geography of Eastern Asia (May 1, 2007)

    4. Linguistic Geography of Eastern Asia (May 1, 2007)

    May 1, 2007 meeting of Professor Martin Lewis's Geography of World Cultures course.

    • 6 sec
    5. Linguistic Geography of Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia (May 8, 2007)

    5. Linguistic Geography of Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia (May 8, 2007)

    May 8, 2007 meeting of Professor Martin Lewis's Geography of World Cultures course.

    • 6 sec
    6. Geography of Religion: Animism (May 15, 2007)

    6. Geography of Religion: Animism (May 15, 2007)

    May 8, 2007 meeting of Professor Martin Lewis's Geography of World Cultures course.

    • 6 sec

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