Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Autumn 2016

ANTH 20405/30405. Anthropology of Disability (=MAPS 36900, SOSC 36900, CHDV 20505/30405, HMRT 25210/35210). This seminar undertakes to explore "disability" from an anthropological perspective that recognizes it as a socially constructed concept with implications for our understanding of fundamental issues about culture, society, and individual differences. We explore a wide range of theoretical, legal, ethical, and policy issues as they relate to the experiences of persons with disabilities, their families, and advocates. The final project is a presentation on the fieldwork. Morris Fred. Thurs 3:00-6:00

ANTH 20420/30420. Anthropology of Olympic Sport (=MAPS 47501). If cultural differences are as powerful as Anthropology has conventionally stressed, how is it possible that over 200 national and innumerable sub-national and transnational cultural formations have found common cause in the modern Olympic Games? This course explores, theoretically and historically, the emergence of the Olympic Games as the liturgy of the world system of nation states and the current dialectic between the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Sports Industry. Extensive reading and an independent research paper will be required.  John MacAloon, Wed. 1:30-4:20.

ANTH 21230/30705. Lowland Maya History and Ethnography (=CHDV 20400/30400, CRES 20400, LACS 20400/30400). This seminar surveys patters of cultural continuity and discontinuity in the lowland Maya area of southeastern Mexico from the time of Spanish contact until the present.  The survey encompasses the dynamics of first contact, long term cultural accommodations achieved during colonial rule, and disruptions introduced by state and market forces during the early postcolonial period, the status of indigenous communities in the 20th century, and new social, economic, and political challenges being faced today by the contemporary peoples of the area.  Traditional theoretical concerns of the broader Mesoamerican region are stressed. John Lucy. TuTh 3:00-4:20 pm

ANTH 21270 Material Worlds Across Premodern East Asia (EALC 21270). China, Korea, and Japan are recognized as key players in the globalized world. Together they figure East Asia as a region of dynamic growth where consumers and producers create new goods and tastes at an unprecedented pace. East Asia however perplexes in that liberal ideology and politic does not appear to be a condition of liberal economy. This course examines the topic of materialism in East Asia in its pre-capitalist formations (1000 BC – 1500 AD) through the lens of consumption and production in China, Korea, and Japan. In particular we explore how things become goods within the framework of autocratic states, how rituals create consumers and temptations, as well as the conditions which entertain popular panregional forms such as manga, martial arts, and mafia. The course draws on anthropology, archaeology, mixed media materials, and museum visits.   Alice Yao. Wed. 1:30-4:20. PQ This course qualifies as a "Discovering Anthropology" selection for Anthropology Majors.

ANTH 21329.  Anthropology of Settler Colonialism (=HMRT 21329). The concept of settler colonialism has re-emerged of late in anthropology, history, and Native Studies. Theorists call it a situation that never fully ends, in which the “past is present,” and use it as an alternative way of naming some contemporary liberal democratic states. The concept explores how some states’ encounters with indigenous peoples continue to resonate in present forms of security, violence and the distribution of rights. This course is not on studies of indigenous peoples per se. Rather, we focus on settler histories and relations to indigenous people, largely as told by indigenous people. We ask: How have tensions between liberal norms and colonial forms of violence shaped both settler and indigenous politics? In what ways are settler projects and liberal norms complementary to one another? How are forms of security in the post-9/11 moment linked to deeper colonial histories, and with what consequences? Through readings, video clips and other media materials, the course will explore these questions with a focus on Israel-Palestine. Jeremy Siegman. TuTh 12:00-1:20

ANTH 21334. The Anthropology of Debt Crisis. Why does good debt go bad? When do ongoing relationships of investment and obligation become subject to intervention? This course examines the conditions of diagnosing debt crisis and the politics of prescribing its resolution. Debt crisis has become a common experience of individuals, households, and a wide range of public and private institutions, as the means of making life possible are financed by increasingly complex technologies of capitalizing on risk and speculation. At the same time, crisis intervention often serves to intensify historical inequalities based in racialized exclusion and class struggle, by imposing austerity measures and renewing extractive markets. We will work to generate questions and investigations that contextualize the contemporary conjuncture of debt crisis to unsettle logics of necessity and explore fissures of resistance. We will track modes of social differentiation based on race, class, and gender that are reconfigured and reinforced in settlements of value. We will investigate the material, social, political, and temporal dimensions of debt circulation, asking how crisis intervention works to remake this circuitry. Through collective discussion and research projects, this anthropological and historical exploration will provide tools for excavating the common sense of debt crisis and for rethinking indebted futures. Molly Cunningham. WedFri 1:30-2:50

ANTH 21406/38300. Celebrity and Science in Paleoanthropology (=HIPS 21100). A seminar to explore the balance among research, show biz, big business, and politics in the careers of Louis, Mary, and Richard Leakey; Alan Walker; Donald Johanson; Jane Goodall; Dian Fossey; and Biruté Galdikas through films, taped interviews, autobiogra­phies, biographies, pop publications, instructor's anecdotes, and samples of their scientific writings. Russell Tuttle. TuTh 10:30-11:50.  PQ This course qualifies as a "Discovering Anthropology" selection for Anthropology Majors.

ANTH 22925/53506  Critical Ethnography. This seminar explores recent experiments in ethnographical writing.  The project is to consider the current status of the book-length ethnography (focusing on conceptual innovations, issues of voice, and material layout).  It is also to consider current techniques for writing the imbrication of local forms of everyday life with global forces (across finance, politics, militarism, and the environment).  We will consider the methodological innovations as well as writerly form of current ethnographic work, and posit how ethnography as a genre is evolving in light of efforts to engage increasingly complex and distributed phenomena.   Participation in this upper level seminar is limited, consent of instructor is required.  Joseph Masco. Moved to Spring 2017

ANTH 23101. Introduction to Latin American Civilization-1 (=LACS 16100/34600, HIST 16101/36101, SOSC 26100, CRES 16101). Autumn Quarter examines the origins of civilizations in Latin America with a focus on the political, social, and cultural features of the major pre-Columbian civilizations of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec. The quarter concludes with an analysis of the Spanish and Portuguese conquest, and the construction of colonial societies in Latin America.  Alan Kolata. MonWedFri 1:30-2:20

24001-24002-24001. Colonizations I, II, III (=CRPC 24001-24002-24003, HIST 18301-18302-18203, SOSC 24001-24002-24003).  PQ: These course must be taken in Sequence.  This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies.  This three-quarter sequence approaches the concept of civilization from an emphasis on cross-cultural/societal connection and exchange.  We explore the dynamics of conquest, slavery, colonialism, and their reciprocal relationships with concepts such as resistance, freedom, and independence, with an eye toward understanding their interlocking role in the making of the modern world.  Themes of slavery, colonization and the making of the Atlantic world are covered in the first quarter.  Modern European and Japanese colonialism in Asia and the Pacific is the theme of the second quarter.  The third quarter considers the processes and consequences of decolonization both in the newly independent nations and the former colonial powers. 

 24320/35110  Cultural Psychology (=CHDV 21000/31000, PSYC 23000/33000, GNSE 21001/31001, AMER 33000) There is a substantial portion of the psychological nature of human beings that is neither homogeneous nor fixed across time and space.  At the heart of the discipline of cultural psychology is the tenet of psychological pluralism, which states that the study of "normal" psychology is the study of multiple psychologies and not just the study of a single or uniform fundamental psychology for all peoples of the world.  Research findings in cultural psychology thus raise provocative questions about the integrity and value of alternative forms of subjectivity across cultural groups.  In this course we analyze the concept of "culture" and examine ethnic and cross-cultural variations in mental functioning with special attention to the cultural psychology of emotions, self, moral judgment, categorization and reasoning.  Richard  ShwederTuTh 3:00-4:20

24345/35130 Anthropology and ‘The Good Life’: Ethics, Morality, Well-Being (=MAPS 32200, CHDV 32200) This course takes a critical, historical and anthropological look at what is meant by “the good life.” Anthropologists have long been aware that notions of “the good” play an essential role in directing human behavior, by providing a life with meaning and shaping what it means to be a human being. Over the past several years, however, there has been an increasing demand for clarification on what is meant by “the good life,” as well as how cultural conceptions of “the good” relate to science, politics, religion, and personal practice. In this course, we will take up that challenge by exploring what is meant by “the good,” focusing on three domains in which it has most productively been theorized: ethics, morality, and well-being. Through a close reading of ethnographic and theoretical texts, as well as through analysis of documents and resources used and produced by different communities in order to explore the good life, we will gain an understanding of the different theoretical and methodological approaches for understanding the good in the social sciences, the various cultural logics shaping knowledge and practices of the good, and how human experience is shaped by those iterations in the process. The topics to be discussed include: the good life, moral reason, moral relativism, utility, deontology, virtue, happiness, well-being, flourishing, techniques of the self, spiritual exercises, professional ethics, neuroethics, and the moral sentiments. Francis McKay. Wed 2:00-4:50

 25117. About Nature: From Science to Sense (= INST 27702, GLST 27702) “Consider mushrooms,” Anna Tsing (2012) suggests to those who are curious about human nature and points to the relational and biological diversity found at the unruly edges of the global empire—the governmentalized, politicized, commoditized culturenature of capitalism. This class follows the suit, tracking by the scent of what withdraws, thrives, attracts, and inspires wonder in the guise of the natural, wild, or organic. About Nature starts with a patient hearing of contemporary critiques of “the Nature” and reviews the proposed alternatives that conceive materiality—human, animal, insective, vegetal, artificial, non- and more-than human—as hybridized, co-produced, relationally and ontologically blurred. With these initial insights, however, the class directs attention elsewhere. About Nature searches out poetic and pragmatic zones of thinking, imagining, compelling, and working where the natural animates theoretical insights, empirical observations, or practical tasks; where it materializes in sensuous encounters, in local knowledges, or ecstatic experiences; and where it rallies communities of passion, inquiry, and interest. Mixing academic and activist texts, professional and popular writings, prose, manuals and poetry we will wonder how the media of various nature writings gets to (or gropes for) the sensuous and spirited surplus that is at stake in the idea of nature.
        Our readings will take us to collective commitments to natural living and eating, from North American wild fermentation movements to global permaculture to Russian dacha summer gardens. Similarly, we will read about local traditions and revivals of medicinal, artisanal, and homemade foods. While the reading list begins with mushrooms, we will spend some time on the subject of bees, insects, and weeds. In the end of the course, our reading lenses adjust once more to add to our list of considerations—wholesome and fungal, weedy and medicinal, earthly and sustainable—more sublime, theological, and metaphysical articulations of nature. Larisa Jasarevic. TuTh 3:00-4:20

ANTH 26605/ 36605. Archaeological Experiments in Filmmaking (=ArtV 23810/33810) (PQ Consent of Instructor) This class is intended for graduates and advanced undergraduates. The focus of the course is: 'how can one make a film with an archaeological eye?' Thematics will cover temporality, materiality, and the body in film, and more generally the potential of collaborations that cross the line between art and science. Although there will be reading and film-viewing components of the syllabus, the major requirement will be the production of a collaborative, experimental short. Visual media experience is helpful but not required. Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Shannon Dawdy/Daniel Zox. Wed 2:00-4:50

ANTH 26710/36710. Ancient Landscapes-1: Near East (=NEAA 20061/30061, GEOG 25400/35400). (A two-quarter sequence) The landscape of the Near East contains a detailed and subtle record of environmental, social, and economic processes that have obtained over thousands of years. Landscape analysis is therefore proving to be fundamental to an understanding of the processes that underpinned the development of ancient Near Eastern society. This sequence provides an overview of the ancient cultural landscapes of this heartland of early civilization from the early stages of complex societies in the fifth and sixth millennia B.C. to the close of the Early Islamic period around the tenth century A.D. Emily Hammer. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

ANTH 26712/36712. Approaches to Settlement and Land Survey (=NEAA 23810/33810). Archaeological field survey has been instrumental in the recovery of ancient settlements and the exploration of forgotten political geographies and historical landscapes. This course covers methodology for survey archaeology through discussion of case studies and hands-on exercises. We will discuss the relationship between research questions, field conditions, and methodology as well as the various goals of survey—such as settlement pattern analysis, site catchment analysis, demographic reconstruction, and landscape archaeology—in the context of both “classical” and recent case studies drawn from the archaeology of China, the Near East, the Mediterranean, and Mesoamerica. Hands-on exercises will include training in the use of a total station, training in the use of a hand-held GPS receiver in combination with freeware mapping tools, and practice designing hypothetical archaeology surveys and data recording systems.  Alice Yao, Emily Hammer. Tues 1:30-4:20

27220  Sem: Youth Culture and Linguistic Practice (=LING 27210).  This course provides a survey of writings in linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics that have focused on youth linguistic practices. Starting from anthropological work on age and generation and work in cultural studies on youth subculture, the course works through the place of language within the indexical marking of age and generation by focusing on the intersections of particular kinds of linguistic practices, youth identities, and institutions in various cultural milieus. Topics may include: code/style-mixing in youth subcultures; secret codes; slang registers; youth linguistic practices in educational institutions; the sociolinguistic intersections of youth identity, race, class, sexuality, gender, and postcoloniality; youth and linguistic shift; and linguistic practices in online communication. Constantine Nakassis. TuTh 12:00-1:20  PQ This course qualifies as a "Discovering Anthropology" selection for Anthropology Majors.

29700. Readings in Anthropology. PQ: Consent of instructor and program chairman. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. At the discretion of the instructor, this course is available for either Pass or letter grading. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. Preparation of Bachelor's Essay. PQ: Consent of instructor and program chairman. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. At the discretion of the instructor, this course is available for either Pass or letter grading. For honors requirements, consult the honors section under Program Requirements. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

32305. Introduction to Science Studies (=CHSS 32000, SOCI 40137, HIST 56800). This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and technology.  During the twentieth century, sociologists, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists raised original, interesting, and consequential questions about the sciences.  Often their work drew on and responded to each other, and, taken together, their various approaches came to constitute a field, “science studies.”  The course furnishes an initial guide to this field.  Students will not only encounter some of its principal concepts, approaches and findings, but will also get a chance to apply science-studies perspectives themselves by performing a fieldwork project.  Among the topics we may examine are: the sociology of scientific knowledge and its applications; actor-network theories of science; constructivism and the history of science; and efforts to apply science studies approaches beyond the sciences themselves.  Karin Knorr. Tues 9:00-11:50.

34000. Introduction to Chicago Anthropology. PQ:  Open only to first-year Anthropology graduate students. An introduction to the current faculty of the Department of Anthropology, their intellectual genealogies, and their current work.  Staff. WedFri+some Mondays  12-1:20. Haskell 101.

34201-2. Development of Social Cultural Theory-I.   Systems 1 is designed to introduce students to the intellectual and historical context of the emergence of anthropology as a professional scholarly discipline. The class asks after the conditions of inquiry – at once conceptual and socio-political – that shaped the discipline in its early formulation, but always with an eye toward our understanding of it today. This will require that we tack back and forth between considering the internal logics of an emergent social theoretical inquiry – what are its views of the world, humanity’s relationship to it, and to what extent are we able to grasp and explore it – and the nature of these commitments in light of the rise of industrialized mass societies in ‘the West’ and, on the other hand, the consolidation of colonialism around the world. Justin Richland. TuesThurs 9:00-Noon

ANTH 35005. Classical Theories of Religion (=AASR 32900, HREL 32900). This course will survey the development of theoretical perspectives on religion and religions in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thinkers to be studied include: Kant, Hume, Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, Marx, Müller, Tiele, Tylor, Robertson Smith, Frazer, Durkheim, Weber, Freud, James, Otto, van der Leeuw, Wach, and Eliade. Christian Wedemeyer. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

ANTH 37116//27116. Language and Migration: Individual, Social and Institutional Perspectives (=CHDV 30249, LING 30249). This class offers a broad range of perspectives on issues regarding language in the context of migration. For instance we analyze the ways in which language has been instrumentalized by Nation-States to regiment and restrain the mobility of targeted populations. We deconstruct the straightforward correlation between socio-economic integration and language competence in discourse produced by politicians and some academics alike. We also analyze how different types of mobility (e.g., slavery, colonization, and free individual migration) produce, at different times, differing sociolinguistic dynamics. Cecile Vigouroux. TuTh 12:00-1:20.

ANTH 37201. Language in Culture-1 (LING 3110, Psych 47001, CHDV 37201).  Must be taken in sequence.  This is a two-quarter sequence to introduce some of the central theoretical issues involved in the semiotic, cognitive and sociopolitical study of language in its contexts of communicative “use.”  By developing and using semiotic concepts, the first quarter concentrates on two major problems that organize a vast literature and diverse theoretical approaches.  The first problem is to understand interpersonal communication is carried on in-and-by the medium of language.   Such communication manifests itself both in an orderly, or at least ‘(non-in)coherent’ unfolding of information and in the structured and culturally consequential social action that is accomplished in-and-by that unfolding.  The second problem is to understand how language is a medium of and factor in so-called ‘conceptual’ representations or mental “knowledge.”  There are various sources of such knowledge ‘coded’ in the forms of language, and this diversity reveals the modes of semiosis of which language is composed at its various planes.  We concentrate in particular on the semiotic characterization of dialectially emergent “cultural knowledge” or “cultural conceptualization,”  the nature of which is a current research frontier between social and cognitive sciences, between modernist and post-modernist humanities. Michael Silverstein. WedFri 9:30-11:30

ANTH 39001. Theory and Method in Archaeology. Kathleen Morrison. Thurs 1:30-4:30

ANTH 40165. Bourdieu/Sociobiography (=MAPS 40200). This seminar explores the conceptual architecture of Pierre Bourdieu’s social theory, with special attention to its implications for biography and autobiography.  John MacAloon. Tues. 1:30-4:20.

42000.  Anthropological Methods. (PQ: Required of 2nd year social/cultural/linguistic anthropology graduate students. Others only with consent of the instructor.) This course provides a critical introduction to the methods of anthropology, paying special attention to topic formation, deployment of theoretical resources, techniques of engagement in “fields,” and the politics and ethics of fieldwork and ethnographic knowledge production.  Our approach will combine readings in critical anthropology relevant to methodological practice with workshop-style demonstrations of particular techniques for gathering and analyzing field material.  The limits and powers of ethnography (broadly construed) will be explored through exploratory engagement with students’ ongoing projects and a few examples of anthropological writing.  This course is intended to help students develop the tools needed to develop their own research objects and strategies while reflecting critically on anthropology as a practice.    Kaushik Sunder Rajan.   Mon 1:30-2:50, Wed 12:00-1:20

45600. When Cultures Collide: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracy (=CHDV 45600, GNSE 45600, HMRT 35600, PSYC 45300).   Coming to terms with diversity in an increasingly multicultural world has become one of the most pressing public policy projects for liberal democracies in the early 21st century. One way to come to terms with diversity is to try to understand the scope and limits of toleration for variety at different national sites where immigration from foreign lands has complicated the cultural landscape. This seminar examines a series of legal and moral questions about the proper response to norm conflict between mainstream populations and cultural minority groups (including old and new immigrants), with special reference to court cases that have arisen in the recent history of the United States.  Richard Shweder. Wed. 1:30-4:20

ANTH 50745. Seminar: Global Incorporations: Imperialisms in and beyond the (Post)Colony. In this seminar, we will think through the structures and trajectories of imperialism through the 20th century and into the 21st. Imperialism is not a narrow diagnostic category, but a conjunctural problem-space within and in response to which both corporate (economic) and constitutional (political) forms emerge and operate.
         The course will bring two trajectories of thought into conversation. One is an elucidation of the structural political economy of capitalist accumulation as it comes to be ever more corporatized and financialized – what one might call the incorporation of surplus value. The second is a consideration of postcolonial governance, which invariably draws upon constitutional forms and normative and legal inheritances from the metropolis – what one might call the incorporation of liberal values. In the process, the course will think together the appropriative tendencies of capital with the promise and perils of constitutionalisms that might be postcolonial, but that nonetheless operate within the at-once enduring and novel forms of imperialism. In other words this is a class about new forms of globalization in the 21st century, situated in relation to historical trajectories of capitalist development and to specific postcolonial accommodations and responses to them.
         The class is organized along three temporal frames: (1) We will read texts from the early 20th century, a time when a certain corporatized, financialized form of imperialist relations was being consolidated; followed by (2) texts that are located within the contemporary postcolony and that deal with questions of constitutionalism under the sign of universal liberal inheritance; ending with (3) juxtapositions of early imperial dispensations with emergent horizons of imperialist ambition and practice today.   Kaushik Sunder Rajan.  Wed 3:00-6:00 pm

ANTH 52705.  Conspiracy//Theory. (PQ Consent of Instructor.) In a world of interlocking complex systems of finance, politics, militarism, and ecology, where agency is often distant and occluded, what kinds of insight and intuition matter?  What work does theory do in helping us establish an understanding of both complexity and agency?  This seminar considers the emerging terms of epistemology today as well as the limits of theory. It argues that there is a fundamental relationship between the “conspiratorial” and the “theoretical” that goes beyond the hermeneutics of suspicion or psychopathology.  Reading across ethnography, psychoanalysis, history, and critical theory — this seminar interrogates the politics of living at a political moment that is not transparent but undergoing constant structural change. This will be a collaborative and experimental seminar.  Joseph Masco. Wed 1:30-4:20

ANTH 57722. LingAnthSem: Secret History of Linguistics (=LING 77722). Our aim is to contextualize developments in the emergence and increasing professionalization of linguistics as a discipline by seeing those developments within the wider currents of social and cultural ideas locatable in time and place.  Concepts, methods, and results of linguistics (including: philology, lexicography, historical comparative studies, dialectology, typology, etc.) are thus to be seen as disciplinary, but also as part of intellectual trends in other disciplines, and in larger currents outside academia, as well as in various political projects. Concepts in linguistics are in constant dialogue with all these sources of ideas. Linguistic concepts may reflect, refract or contest prevalent cultural views of language and its place in the experience of humanity. They may be useful to or critical of the way such ideas form part of social reality.  We aim to explore the ways that study of one’s own or others’ languages is itself a part of understanding that social reality and acting within it. [Longer description available.]  Michael Silverstein/Susan Gal.  Tues 2:30-4:30. One meeting Thurs. Oct 20

ANTH 58600. Social Theory of the City.  This graduate seminar explores various historical, sociological and anthropological theories of cities and the processes of urbanization.  The course analyzes major theoretical frameworks concerned with urban forms, institutions and experience as well as particular instances of city development from early modern to contemporary periods.  The seminar will consist of initial orienting lectures, intensive discussion of selected texts concerned with social theories of the city, and presentation of research projects by class participants. Alan Kolata. Fri. 9:30-12:20