Fall 2019 Class Schedule
|ANTHRO 101-6-21||First Year Seminar: Tourism of Trauma CANCELLED||Elizabeth Smith||TTh 2-3:20PM||Harris Hall L05|
ANTHRO 101-6-21 First Year Seminar: Tourism of Trauma CANCELLED
One way people work through trauma—understood as major ruptures in human experience such as mass violence and death, natural catastrophe, or forced displacement—is by visiting its locations and re/creating narratives about it. Representations of fear and suffering serve as forms of therapy, prevention, civic education, and even entertainment. Memorials to traumatic human experience are often offered as symbols of hope for transformation and the future deterrence of further trauma (“never again”). In this seminar, we analyze these sites and practices, asking whose trauma is remembered, and who’s forgotten? What power inheres in different forms of remembering through travel, and in the aesthetic and material shape of memorials? What do culture and heritage mean to those who produce it and for those who consume it as tourists? How can sites, objects, and histories of trauma simultaneously “belong” to a local community, a nation, and all humanity? Topics include museums, genocide, colonialism, slavery, the Holocaust, and war, among others. We examine tourism from an anthropological perspective, using local and global case studies such as: the representation of slavery at Colonial Williamsburg, the role of community museums in post-apartheid South Africa, visiting Holocaust sites in Europe, and genocide tourism sites in Cambodia and Rwanda.
|ANTHRO 101-6-22||First Year Seminar: Biological Thought & Action (also BIOL_SCI 115-6-20)||William Leonard, Michele McDonough||TTh 4-5:20PM||Annenberg Hall G01|
ANTHRO 101-6-22 First Year Seminar: Biological Thought & Action (also BIOL_SCI 115-6-20)
ANTHO 101 Freshmen Seminar combined with WCAS BIOL_SCI 115-6-20: First-Year Seminar: Biological Thought and Action
Overview of class
Science is a process by which people make sense of the world. Scientists examine evidence from the past, work to understand the present, and make predictions about the future. Integral to this process are the methods they use to collect and analyze data, as well as the ways in which scientists work together as a community to interpret evidence and draw conclusions. In this class, we will take a multidisciplinary approach to examining biological thought and action and their social ramifications. We will seek to understand science as a social pursuit: the work of human beings with individual, disciplinary, and cultural differences, and requiring tremendous investments in training and equipment. Does it matter that participation in science is more accessible to some than to others? How do biases, assumptions, uncertainty, and error manifest in scientific work? What is the history of scientific values such as objectivity and reproducibility? The course will conclude by investigating current topics of public debate.
|ANTHRO 101-6-23||First-Year Seminar: Come to Your Senses: The Anthropology of Sensory Perception||Matilda Stubbs||MW 2-3:20 PM||Allison Res Comm 1021|
ANTHRO 101-6-23 First-Year Seminar: Come to Your Senses: The Anthropology of Sensory Perception
This seminar introduces students to the anthropological study of the senses. Through close examination of ethnographic texts and films, students will explore how cultures "make sense" of the everyday and increasingly globalized world. With a heavy emphasis on written assignments, we approach the notion of perception as more than a purely physical act, and through structured participation and deliberate observation, students will learn how sensory experiences are deeply related to our own histories and cultural identities. Course activities center around developing analytic skills in the genre of ethnographic writing, and critically engaging with cross-cultural examples of sensual mediations of reality. Topics range from how the senses shape the aesthetics of daily life through color, odor, and flavor, to the significance of communication and information of technologies in the era of virtual reality, slime videos, and the online autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) community.
|ANTHRO 214-0-01||*Archaeology: Unearthing History||Matthew Johnson, Melissa Rosenzweig||TTh 11-12:20PM||Annenberg Hall G21|
ANTHRO 214-0-01 *Archaeology: Unearthing History
The Pyramids, Stonehenge, Cahokia, and Great Zimbabwe: who built these monuments, and why? They are often associated with buried treasure, lost civilizations, and a forgotten past. But archaeologists look beyond a Romantic view and ask questions about why they were built, and what they tell us about humankind. By learning about past cultures, what made them different and what made them similar, we gain a better understanding of human history and the state of the world today. People in the past were very different, but they shared one thing in common - they left behind stones and bones, pottery fragments, great monuments and burial offerings. These fragments of the past are used by archaeologists to build an understanding of what it means to be human. In this class, you will be introduced to the questions, theories, and methods of archaeology. You will learn about how archaeologists locate, survey and excavate the great monuments of the past; how they study artifacts in the lab; and how they use the stuff they find to piece together stories about the past, and test those stories against the evidence. You will learn about the diversity of ancient and modern peoples, their cultures, and the past they inhabited. You will also learn about the place of archaeology in the modern world - how archaeologists engage with questions such as long-term climate change and human response, sustainability, and inequality.
|ANTHRO 214-0-61||Discussion Section||Sarah Breiter||M 9-9:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-61 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 214-0-62||Discussion Section||Sarah Breiter||M 10-10:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-62 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 214-0-63||Discussion Section||Emily Schwalbe||T 8:30-9:20AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-63 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 214-0-64||Discussion Section||Sohie Reilly||W 9-9:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-64 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 214-0-65||Discussion Section||Sohie Reilly||W 10-10:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-65 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 214-0-66||Discussion Section CANCELLED||Staff||TH 8:30-9:20AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-66 Discussion Section CANCELLED
|ANTHRO 214-0-67||Discussion Section CANCELLED||Staff||F 9-9:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-67 Discussion Section CANCELLED
|ANTHRO 214-0-68||Discussion Section||Emily Schwalbe||F 10-10:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 214-0-68 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 307-0-20||Anthropology of Peace||Hirokazu Miyazaki||TTh 11-12:20PM||Harris Hall L05|
ANTHRO 307-0-20 Anthropology of Peace
Cultural and ethnographic approaches to peace, peace building and peace activism. Topics of investigation include the concept of “peaceful societies,” cultural mechanisms for conflict resolution, truth and reconciliation, the relationship between peace and commerce, and the role of literature, art and material culture in peace activism.
This course includes one guest lecture on global peace activism to be scheduled outside of the normal class meeting times. Students are required to attend the event and prepare two or three questions for the guest speaker.
The event is:
Frontiers of Atomic Bomb Literature, on October 10, 2019
Seirai, Yuichi, former director, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum (2010-2019), and an Akutagawa Literary Award winning novelist; His numerous novels on the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and its contemporary effects include Ground Zero, Nagasaki: Stories (Weatherhead Books on Asia), trans. Pual Warham, Columbia University Press, 2014 https://www.amazon.com/Ground-Zero-Nagasaki-Stories-Weatherhead-ebook/dp/B00QSNZSIM/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=seirai+yuichi&qid=1555342291&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
|ANTHRO 309-0-20||Human Osteology||Erin Waxenbaum||F 9-11:30AM||1810 Hinman A58|
ANTHRO 309-0-20 Human Osteology
Knowledge of human osteology forms the basis of physical and forensic anthropology, bio-archeology, paleoanthropology and clinical anatomy. This course will provide an intensive introduction to the human skeleton; particularly the identification of complete and fragmentary skeletal remains. Through this course you will be exposed to techniques for identification and classification of human skeletal anatomy through hands-on, dry laboratory sessions. Additional time outside of class is available and may be required to review practical materials.
|ANTHRO 318-0-20||Material Worlds of the Middle Ages||Matthew Johnson||TTh 2-3:20PM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 318-0-20 Material Worlds of the Middle Ages
In this course, students learn about the culture of medieval Europe, c.AD1000-1500, through material evidence -- landscapes, buildings and objects. Among other topics, we will look at the remains of medieval field systems, villages and hamlets; the houses of peasants and lords; churches great and small; and pottery and other artifacts. The course material will be interdisciplinary: students will look at the evidence of archaeological excavations, survey of standing buildings, analysis of maps and aerial photos, and landscape, social, economic and architectural history. The course will consider Europe as a whole, but there will be an emphasis on medieval England and its neighbors in north-west Europe.
|ANTHRO 322-0-20||Introduction to Archaeology Research Design & Methods||Amanda Logan||F 12-2:30PM||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 322-0-20 Introduction to Archaeology Research Design & Methods
This class is fundamentally about how—and why—we do archaeology. Over the course of the quarter, we will take what interests you about archaeology and build a scaffold for how you think about these interests and how you might examine them in depth in the future. The main goal is to produce a high quality NSF proposal by the end of the course (NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program proposal for undergraduates; NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for graduate students). To that end, we will spend time reviewing successful proposals to decipher how scholars link theory, data, methods, and analysis in their research projects. We will work our way through the main methods in every archaeologists\' tool kit: regional survey, excavation, and materials analysis. Upon completion of the course, students should feel comfortable writing grant proposals and be ready to design their own independent archaeological research project.
|ANTHRO 325-0-20||Archaeological Methods Laboratory||Amanda Logan||W 2-4:30PM||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 325-0-20 Archaeological Methods Laboratory
|ANTHRO 332-0-20||The Anthropology of Repoduction||Caroline Bledsoe||M 6-8:50PM||Parkes Hall 215|
ANTHRO 332-0-20 The Anthropology of Repoduction
The goal of sociocultural anthropology, the largest subfield of anthropology and the core of the discipline, is to understand the dynamics of human variation in social action and cultural thought. A key question is how these variations are produced and reproduced, whether we speak of society (subsistence, ideas) or individuals (biology, psychology, social identity). Conversely, what happens when reproduction fails to occur, or does so when and how it should not. Because reproduction is so strongly associated with biology in our society, viewing it through a cultural lens poses significant challenges to some of our most basic tenets. Tensions arise in questions of agency vs. control, nature vs. culture, identity construction, reproducing under varying conditions, and so on. The study of reproduction, therefore, offers a window into the heart of anthropology itself. The goals of this course are (1) to expose students to just a few of the many sociocultural approaches to reproduction by ranging broadly across topics, time, and place; and (2) to identify and evaluate concepts and theories embedded in writings on the dynamics of reproduction. While the concept of "reproduction" can refer to societal reproduction, emphasis will be on the reproduction of children. To this end, possible topics may include fostering/adoption, AIDS orphans, fatherhood, technologies of fertility control, assisted reproduction, obstetrics, gender imbalances in Asia, debates over abortion, etc.
|ANTHRO 370-0-20||*Anthropology in Historical Perspective||Robert Launay||TTh 9:30-10:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 370-0-20 *Anthropology in Historical Perspective
Rather than attempting the impossible--an overview of the whole history of the discipline of anthropology-this course will focus on one particular problem: the relationship between theory and ethnographic description in cultural Anthropology. The course will attempt to survey the development of certain schools of thought in the discipline since the mid-nineteenth century: evolutionism; historical particularism; structural-functionalism; culture and personality; cultural materialism; interpretive anthropology. In order to examine the ways in which each of these theoretical approaches affects the ways in which anthropologists choose to describe what they observe, the class will read a series of ethnographies (or excerpts from larger works) written at different times from different points of view.
|ANTHRO 390-0-21||Evolutionary Medicine||Christopher Kuzawa||TTh 12:30-1:50PM||Parkes Hall 224|
ANTHRO 390-0-21 Evolutionary Medicine
Humans display great variation in many aspects of their biology, particularly in terms of physical growth and development, nutrition, and disease patterns. These differences are produced by both current ecological and environmental factors as well as underlying genetic differences shaped by our evolutionary past. It appears that many diseases of modern society, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various cancers, have resulted from change to a lifestyle that is quite different from that of our ancestors. These diseases thus reflect an imbalance between modern life conditions and those which shaped most of our evolutionary history. This course will explore the evolutionary dimensions of variation in health and disease pattern among humans. We will first review key concepts in evolutionary biology, and their application to human evolution. We will then examine bio-cultural and evolutionary models for explaining variation in specific human diseases.
|ANTHRO 390-0-22||Reproductive Ecology CANCELLED||Aaron Miller||MW 12:30-1:50PM||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 390-0-22 Reproductive Ecology CANCELLED
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of reproductive ecology, an exciting and growing subfield of biological anthropology. Reproductive ecology examines the variability in human reproduction and physiology and asks how do aspects of reproduction respond to the environment in adaptive ways. While all humans share the same reproductive systems there is a great deal of flexibility within these systems. The objective of this course is to explore the major features of the human reproductive process from a biological and ecological perspective. Further, we will examine the impact of these conditions on fertility outcomes and health in the absence of modern methods of contraception and their place in the larger ecological and evolutionary context.
|ANTHRO 390-0-23||Methods in Anthropology (also GBL_HLTH 390-0-20)||Sera Young||TTh 2-3:20PM||Kresge Hall 2-420|
ANTHRO 390-0-23 Methods in Anthropology (also GBL_HLTH 390-0-20)
This class will provide rigorous guidance on how one moves through the scientific process, from articulating scientific questions to answering them in a way that your audience can really relate to. We will do this using data from our ongoing study about if a participatory agricultural intervention can improve maternal and child nutrition in central Tanzania (Clinical trials.gov #: NCT02761876). Specific skills to be developed include human subjects training, formal literature review, hypothesis generation, developing analytic plans, data cleaning, performing descriptive statistics, creation of figures and tables, writing up results, and oral presentation of results. This course will be a terrific foundation for writing scientific manuscripts, theses, and dissertations. Prior experience with qualitative or quantitative analysis is preferred, but not required.
|ANTHRO 390-0-24||Political Ecology (also ENVR_POLY 390-0-1)||Melissa Rosenzweig||MW 11-12:20PM||Annenberg Hall G01|
ANTHRO 390-0-24 Political Ecology (also ENVR_POLY 390-0-1)
|ANTHRO 390-0-26||Border Struggles: Children and Families on Trial CANCELLED||Caroline Bledsoe||T 6-8:50PM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 390-0-26 Border Struggles: Children and Families on Trial CANCELLED
In the social sciences and humanities, childhood is often associated with innocence, delight, and development. To anyone watching the news in the last few years, however, it should be clear that children have somehow become the epicenter of international migration battles. This appears to be happening, paradoxically, through the careful post-war logics established by international powers to protect children and their families: to allow peaceable work and the exercise of family life across borders.
In contexts of increasing political instability, family reunification policies have come to comprise one of the last modes of legal entry for children into places like Europe and the US.
Focusing on contemporary and historical cases from Europe, Africa, Mexico, Canada, and the US, this course asks why – at this moment -- migration and childhood in particular seem to be forming such an explosive new social configuration. In the process, we will study the conditions under which any law or humanitarian system may be used against people, as much as for them.
|ANTHRO 401-3-20||Logic of Inquiry in Anthropology (Cultural)||Hirokazu Miyazaki||W 3-5:50PM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 401-3-20 Logic of Inquiry in Anthropology (Cultural)
This course focuses on the key themes, concepts and debates that have characterized cultural anthropology’s logic of inquiry. We pay careful attention to the historical precedents of the sub-field’s mode of questioning, both within the broader discipline and in the social sciences and humanities, more generally. We will also inquire into how cultural anthropology articulates with the other sub-fields of the discipline as it changes in the broader social fields of academe and American political economy. Examining these core dimensions of the sub-field will provide a strong understanding of how cultural anthropologists conceptualize their subjects/objects of study in relationship to the shifting terrains in academia and national and global political economic processes. Throughout, we will address the larger stakes—both ethical and political—of taking particular ethnographic and theoretical approaches. We will both cultivate a critical approach to the readings, and try to understand them on their own terms in the circumstances of their production.
Key concepts we will investigate include: culture/society; self/other; structure/agency; time; nature/science; economy; materiality; emotion/affect; institutions.
|ANTHRO 430-0-20||Integrative Seminar in Society, Biology, Health||Thomas McDade||W 12-3PM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 430-0-20 Integrative Seminar in Society, Biology, Health
The objective of this course is to survey current efforts to understand the dynamic relationships among society, biology, and health. Many scholars and agencies recognize the need for interdisciplinary approaches that draw on concepts and methods from the social/behavioral sciences as well as the life/biomedical sciences, but successful linkage across levels of analysis has remained an elusive goal. What are the epistemological and methodological challenges to successful integration, particularly in an era of increasing specialization in training and the production of knowledge? What can be learned from prior attempts at integration emerging from distinct disciplinary traditions, including biocultural anthropology, bio demography, psychobiology/health psychology, social epidemiology, and psychosomatic medicine?
|ANTHRO 475-0-20||Seminar in Contemporary Theory||Robert Launay||Th 3-5:50PM||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 475-0-20 Seminar in Contemporary Theory
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that "theory" is not the preserve of any particular discipline. At the same time that other disciplines have been enthusiastically adopting "ethnography" in one form or another as a research strategy, anthropologists have been borrowing perspectives from literary studies, philosophy, and history among other disciplines. This class will serve as an introduction - a consumer's guide of sorts - to thinkers whose ideas have been frequently cited, if not used, by contemporary anthropologists among others. The seminar will provide a forum for evaluating their relevance (or irrelevance) to the research agendas of students in the class.
|ANTHRO 485-0-20||Seminar in Mind, Body, and Health||Rebecca Seligman||T 12:30-3:20PM||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 485-0-20 Seminar in Mind, Body, and Health
This course will provide a graduate level introduction to the anthropology of mind, body, and health. We will address broadly the question of how Anthropologists understand and investigate the social and cultural contexts of health and illness and the diverse ways in which humans use cultural resources to cope with pain, illness, suffering and healing. In addition, we will analyze medical practices as cultural systems, as well as the ways in which health, body, and mind are socially and politically constructed and manipulated, bodies are controlled and policed, and definitions of mind and mental processes influence and are influenced by social context. There will be a particular focus on the concepts of embodiment and trauma and their various uses and meanings in specific contexts. We will combine an examination of current theoretical paradigms with ethnographic case material from a number of societies, including Brazil, Japan, the US, and Canada. The goal of this comparative endeavor will be to analyze similarities and differences across understandings of mind and body and systems of healing, and to examine American perspectives, behaviors, and practices critically in order to illuminate the ways in which they are socially embedded and culturally specific. Open to all graduate students. No P/N.
|ANTHRO 490-0-20||Materialities||Mary Weismantel||M 6-8:50PM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 490-0-20 Materialities
The terms ‘new materialism’ and ‘the ontological turn’ have recently surfaced within theoretical conversations in a number of fields – philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, history and art history, to name only a few. In this class, we will survey these conversations from an anthropological point of view. The readings will give you an overview of these new theoretical developments, but our focus is also on method: how to apply these ideas in your own research, whether your project is ethnographic, archaeological, or historical. The syllabus is organized around [somewhat] concrete topics such as ‘things’, ‘animals’, ‘bodies’, ‘senses’, and ‘substances’. Each week, we will read excerpts from influential theorists who explore these topics, paired with examples of published research that uses these theories, as well as some older studies that address the week’s topic from other theoretical perspectives. In addition to a term paper, readings, and participation in discussion, there will be some short weekly creative assignments to let you try your hand at some ontological work.