Jason Mohaghegh, Associate Professor
Arts & Humanities
Fall Semester 2019
(Thanksgiving Break travel)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Information Session Date
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Monday, April 8, 2019, 4:00 PM ET
Initial Application Deadline
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Opens
Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM ET
Rolling Application Deadline
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May-July)
Mandatory Course Dates
No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.
Pre-Travel ACADEMIC CLASSES
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Group Flight Travel Dates: Friday, November 22 - Sunday, December 1, 2019 Course Dates: Saturday, November 23-Saturday, November 30, 2019
Post-Travel ACADEMIC CLASS
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 PM
This course explores postmodern culture as a strange obsession with the future. Thus we will use the captivating cityscape of Dubai—its unparalleled architecture, its accelerated movement and fragmented spatial organization, the provocative visual design behind its many tourist sites—in order to track crucial ideas of simulation, virtuality, and the spectacle in our postmodern era. Moreover, we will navigate contemporary works of literature, philosophy, film, and architecture while making several excursions into Dubai as a constructed cultural zone of the Middle East. Ultimately, this rare immersion in perhaps the most futuristic place on earth will provide us a dynamic outlook on how postmodern culture blurs the boundaries of reality itself.
Advanced Liberal Arts
Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.
Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.
Successful completion of RHT (I and II), Foundation AHS 1000 and at least one intermediate liberal arts course (intermediate course can be taken concurrently with this course).
The program fee includes international round trip travel from Boston to Dubai, ground transportation to course site visits/excursions and airport transfers. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of transportation arranged for the group.
Arrival Airport Code: DXB
Departure Airport Code: DXB
The program fee includes the following transportation:
Airport transfers by coach bus
Site visits and excursions by coach bus, unless otherwise stated in itinerary
Students should expect to pay separately for individual transportation around the city (typically by taxi/uber).
Expect a moderate amount of walking in city, very warm climate as well as an evening excursion to the desert.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and closing dinner.
Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Estimated Total Cost: $3,890 + Tuition (4 credits)
Program Fee: $2,950
Included: Accommodations, breakfast, daily class time, airport transport, group flight, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
Not included: Tuition, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses.
Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
Babson Tuition: 4-Credits
Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits).
To discuss tuition, your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
Travel & Meals: $940 (visa costs vary)
Estimated Additional Meals: $670
Estimated Incidentals: $270
Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on average expenses from the 2018 Dubai course.
Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences and personal spending habits.
Visa (if applicable): cost dependent on nationality
All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to DUBAI/UAE before committing to the course.
Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh teaches courses in comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, world literature, and modern philosophy. He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, with an interest in global intersections of the avant-garde, existentialism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism. Professor Mohaghegh's scholarly focus is upon tracking emergent currents of experimental thought in the Middle East and the West, with particular attention to exploring the concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, sectarianism, and apocalyptic writing.
He has published six books to date—The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Inflictions: The Writing of Violence in the Middle East (Continuum, 2012), The Radical Unspoken: Silence in Middle Eastern and Western Thought (Routledge, 2013), Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism (SUNY, 2015); Born Upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu (translation; Contra Mundum, 2016); Elemental Disappearances (co-authored with Dejan Lukic; Punctum Books, 2016). He is also the co-editor of a book series titled Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought (Bloomsbury), which is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge movements in literature, philosophy, culture, and art across the region, and the co-director of the 5th Disappearance Lab.
Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2019/20 undergraduate Electives Abroad courses to the UAE, Thailand/Malaysia and England, as well as the graduate Electives Abroad courses in Hong Kong, Brazil and Sweden. Renée's MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience program responsibilities this year are in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Renee court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.
In her role as an Assistant Director, Grace oversees marketing and program implementation for the Alumni and Friends Network. She manages all alumni social media channels, implements passive programming initiatives, and oversees Lifelong Learning and Professional Development programs for the Alumni Network. Grace is an alumna of Babson College, earning her B.S. in 2016. During her undergraduate career she had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador for a service immersion trip with Habitat for Humanity, and study in Dublin, Ireland for a semester abroad. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Marking from Southern New Hampshire University.