ANTH 0066S – Freshman Seminar: Contemporary Egypt in Revolution
On January 25, 2011 protestors in Egypt amassed in Tahrir Square in Cairo with basic demands: Bread, Freedom, Social Equality, and Human Dignity. After hundreds of peaceful protestors were killed at the hands of riot police and hired thugs, eighteen days later, President Husni Mubarak resigned. Yet since then, hundreds more have been killed, Egypt's revolution continues, and the basic demands are as crucial today as they were at its inception. We will read contemporary Egypt from the perspectives of anthropologists and social historians, and discuss the value of social theory and analysis for understanding current political turmoil. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. DVPS FYS. S/NC
T 04:00 pm – 06:20 pm Instructor: I. Straughn
ANTH 0066T– Freshman Seminar: Postcolonial Matters: Material Culture between Colonialism and Globalization
This course is about things - 'stuff' - as it is about people past and present and their entanglements in and through colonial situations. It explores colonialism past and present through the combined lenses of postcolonial theory and material culture - the emphasis is thus not so much on literary and figurative representations of colonial conflicts and engagements but rather on the material surroundings of people living those colonial worlds. In other words, this course is about what people did and about the things they used to construct their daily lives in colonial situations across the globe and through time. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYST
W 09:30 am 11:50 am Instructor: P. Van Dommelen
ANTH 0110 - Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Health, Development, and Security
The course introduces anthropological approaches to some of the central problems we face in the globalizing twenty-first century. We will trace both large- and small-scale movements of people, commodities, borders, and pollution to improve our understanding of the complex international, transnational, and local social phenomena that shape the human experience today.
T R 01:00 pm – 02:20 pm Instructor: A. Benton
ANTH 0200 - Culture and Human Behavior
The goal is to challenge our beliefs about some taken for granted assumptions about human behavior and psyche by examining cultures with different conceptions of self and cognition. We will examine the issues of the role of nature and nurture in development, the nature of intelligence, coming of age, the association of psychological characteristics with gender and the naturalness of emotions.
MWF 10:00 am – 10:50 am Instructor: M. Hollos
ANTH 0300 - Culture and Health
An introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology. Lecture reading and discussion will examine the social context of health and illness, looking at the diverse ways in which humans use cultural resources to cope with disease and develop medical systems. The course will provide an introduction to the overall theoretical frameworks that guide anthropological approaches to studying human health related behavior. Medical anthropology offers a unique and revealing perspective on the cultural diversity that characterizes human experiences of sexuality, disease, aging, mental illness, disability, inequality and death. DVPS LILE WRIT
MWF 01:00 pm – 01:50 pm Instructor: S. Hamdy
ANTH 0310 - Human Evolution
Examination of theory and evidence on human evolution in the past, present and future. Topics include evolution and adaptation, biocultural adaptation, fossil evidence, behavioral evolution in primates, human genetic variation and contemporary human biological variation. WRIT
T R 02:30 pm – 03:50 pm Instructor: A. Scherer
ANTH 0520 - Classic Mayan Civilization
Examines the history, culture, and society of the Classic Maya, with special emphasis on Preclassic precursors, dynasties, environmental adaptation, imagery, architecture, urban form, and the Maya Collapse.
T R 10:30 am – 11:50 am Instructor: S. Houston
ANTH 0800 - Sound and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
This introduction to the study of language and culture considers how language not only reflects social reality but also creates it. We'll examine specific cases of broad current relevance, in the process learning how an analytical anthropological approach to language use lays bare its often hidden power. We'll consider how language creates and reinforces social inequality and difference, how language promotes and resists globalization, and how language is used creatively in performance, literature, film, advertising, and mass media. We will also consider how language does important social work in specific contexts, such as classrooms, courtrooms, medical settings, and political campaigns. DVPS LILE MWF
MWF 11:00 am – 11:50 am Instructor: P. Faudree
ANTH 1252 – Kill Assessment: An Investigation into Death, Genocide and other forms of Violence
Is violence best understood as a set of “random acts” marginal to society? Or, do societies need violence to make culture systematic and functional? We will address two major issues throughout this course. First, we will discuss different types of violence: physical, material, structural and symbolic violence. Second, we will become familiar with ways that social groups turn violence into an aesthetic object and an artistic project. To accomplish our task we will take both an ethnographic and theoretical approach, so that we may better ground our understanding of violence in everyday experiences as well as develop a broader idea of what “violence” entails.
MWF 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Instructor: D. Pardue
ANTH 1300- Anthropology of Addiction and Recovery
The purpose of this course is to consider the uses and misuses of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and approaches to recovery from addictions. We will read some of the major cross cultural, ethnographic, linguistic, and socio-political works on addictions. Students will have the opportunity to conduct their own anthropological interviews regarding substance misuse and recovery as well as observe a local 12 step recover meeting.
M 03:00 pm – 05:20 pm Instructor: I. Glasser
ANTH 1305 - Medical Humanities: Critical Perspectives on Illness, Healing, and Culture
Medicine is arguably the most humanistic of the hard sciences, one that strives to ensure the basic dignity of individuals. In our increasingly globalized world, access to medical care is recognized as a fundamental human right. However, there continues to be considerable debate over the "best" ways to provide medical services to economically and culturally diverse communities across the globe, given the complex ways that people prioritize and perpetuate their health. Drawing on a range of disciplines, this seminar explores the multifaceted relationships between biomedicine and cultural understandings of illness, both in the US and worldwide. Instructor permission required. Enrollment limited to 25 juniors and seniors.
M W 08:30 am – 09:50 am Instructor: Amy Moran-Thomas
ANTH 1326 – The New Economic Anthropology
This course introduces students to the new economic anthropology of capitalism and situates it within the historical development of economic anthropology since the late 19th century. The course begins by introducing students to the basic notions of ‘economy’ as understood in the ancient Mediterranean up through the present.
T R 09:00 am – 10:20 am Instructor: D. Pedersen
ANTH 1624 - Indians, Colonists, and Africans in New England
The course explores the colonial and capitalist transformation of New England's social and cultural landscapes following European contact. Using archaeology as critical evidence, we will examine claims about conquest, Indian Extinction, and class, gender and race relations by studying the daily lives and interactions of the area's diverse Native American, African American, and European peoples.
T R 10:30 am – 11:50 am Instructor: P. Rubertone
ANTH 1820 - Lost Languages: The Decipherment and Study of Ancient Writing Systems
Humans make many marks, but it is writing that records, in tangible form, the sounds and meanings of language. Creating scripts is momentous; writing facilitates complex society and is a crucial means of cultural expression. This course addresses the nature of writing in past times. Topics include: the technology of script; its precursors and parallel notations; its emergence, use, and "death"; its change over time, especially in moments of cultural contact and colonialism; writing as a physical object or thing; code-breaking and decipherment, including scripts not yet deciphered; and the nature of non-writing or pseudo- or crypto-scripts.
T R 02:30 pm – 03:50 pm Instructor: S. Houston
ANTH 1880 - From Magic Mushrooms to Big Pharma: Anthropology of Drug
This course considers the social, political, and medical issues associated with illegal and pharmaceutical drugs. Some of the topics we consider are debates over the commercialization and criminalization of hallucinogenic plants such as marijuana, the politics of antiretroviral distribution, the ethics of medical and ethnic tourism, the legacies of colonialism and botanical migrations, "biopiracy" and indigenous knowledge, and critiques of modern food production, including the "locavore movement" and opposition to genetically modified foods. Through it all, we consider how the ways people talk and write about these issues affect concrete realities in daily life. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors. DVPS LILE
W 03:00 pm – 05:20 pm Instructor: P. Faudree
ANTH 1900 - History of Anthropology: Anthropological Theories
Looks at the way anthropological methods and theories have interlaced through history to understand the dominant concerns in present-day anthropology. What were the important issues that influenced the discipline's history? Who were the significant, and not so well known, historic personalities who shaped anthropological practice and gave it its identity? Enrollment limited to 20.
T R 01:00 pm – 02:20 pm Instructor: D. Kertzer
ANTH 1910A – Senior Seminar: Anthropological Approaches to World Issues
Capstone seminar for Anthropology concentrators that explores how anthropology can challenge conventional or dominant wisdom about global social problems. Original research project required. Prerequisite: ANTH 1900
M 06:30 pm – 08:20 pm Instructor: C. Lutz
ANTH 1940 – Ethnographc Research Methods
To understand the different theoretical assumptions that shape research efforts; to examine how hypotheses and research questions are formulated; and to appreciate the ethical and scientific dimensions of research by hands-on experience in fieldwork projects. Prerequisite: One Anthropology course.
R 04:00 pm – 06:20 pm Instructor: L. Fruzzetti
ANTH 2000 - History of Ethnological Theory
A seminar investigating some themes in the history of anthropological theory. Starting with the delineations of the scope and nature of social science by Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, the seminar then considers various explorations of the concepts of structure, function, and agency, concluding with Bourdieu's reformulation of social anthropology for a new generation in the form of practice theory.
M 03:00 pm – 05:20 pm Instructor: W. Simmons
Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality - ANTH 2251
In this course we will engage with writings from the social sciences on sex, gender, and sexuality. We will look at the categories that anthropologists have created to explain bodies, sexual choices, and subjectivities and historicize and interrogate them. We will do close readings of ethnographies to see how sex, sexuality, and gender are theorized and how these ideas are applied to a variety of cultural contexts and how people live their everyday lives. Enrollment limited to 15.
M 12:00 pm – 02:20 pm Instructor: M. Hackman
ANTH 2304 - Issues in Anthropology and Population
This seminar is intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in anthropological approaches to population issues and is normally taken as the second course in a two-course sequence that begins with ANTH 2300. The overarching theme of the seminar is the contributions that sociocultural anthropology can make to the understanding of population processes.
F 09:30 am – 11:50 am Instructor: E. Block
ANTH 2310B - Violence, Governance and Transnationalism
Deals with contemporary anthropological approaches to intersection of violence, human rights, law, and transnationalism. Readings will focus on the development of a new generation of research in the anthropology of human rights and its implication for rethinking legal anthropology. Anthropology has moved beyond the "cultural relativism" paradigm on to new projects which analyze the appropriation and use of human rights discourse and international norms as political tools for a variety of national and local agendas. Anthropologists have produced ethnographies that focus on the institutional grounding of legal discourse and practice in community and neighborhood politics, social movements, and ethnic nationalist projects. They have studied the radical reworking of rights discourse in different parts of the world and debated the ways in which these technologies for legal redress in the face of violence are politically empowering and/or disempowering in particular historical and cultural circumstances.
W 06:00 pm – 08:20 pm Instructor: K. Warren
ANTH 2321 - Coming to Terms with India: Anthropology of Colonialism and Nationalism
This course is designed to look into the impact of colonialism, nationalism and the postcolonial identities of the person in India. In addition to the primacy of the anthropological focus, the seminar will also draw from cultural studies and history. Our engagement will be with topics of nationalism, religion, and caste and class formation during colonial and post colonial rule. Additional topics using the anthropological approach will include orientalism and gender; the location of national minorities within the Indian democracy and the future of fundamentalism; post-colonialism and the emerging new person.
W 03:00 pm – 05:20 pm Instructor: L. Fruzzetti
ANTH 2501 - Principles of Archaeology
Examines theoretical and methodological issues in anthropological archaeology. Attention is given to past concerns, current debates, and future directions of archaeology in the social sciences.
T 06:00 pm – 08:20 pm Instructor: A. Scherer
ANTH 2540 - Historical Archaeology: From Colony to City
Examines historical archaeology as a complex field of inquiry that engages multiple sources of evidence and incorporates a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The seminar will consider the range of evidence available to historical archaeologists, and draw on examples from colonies and cities around the world to explore how the richness and diversity of the evidence is used.
W 06:00 pm – 08:20 pm Instructor: P. Rubertone