Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Spring 2012

ANTH 20405/30405.  Anthropology of Dis/Ability (=MAPS 36900, CHDV 30405, SOSC 36900, HMRT 25210/35210). This seminar undertakes to explore “dis/ability” 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. The course will 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. At the conclusion of the course, participants will make presentation on fieldwork projects conducted during the quarter.  Morris Fred/Don Kulick. Thurs 3:00-5:50.

ANTH 20703. Introduction to African Civilization III: Ethiopian Society and Culture. (=HIST 10103,  CRES 20303, SOCI 20213) General education social science sequence recommended. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies.  We look at art, ancient coins, field reports, histories, holy texts, memoirs, music, poems, and videos to get a handle on this surprisingly rich and complex civilization. What holds it all together? How have Christians, Muslims, Jews, and non-Semitic religionists lived side by side for centuries? Why was it the only 3rd-world country to defeat colonialists in the Scramble for Africa? Can it all hold together?  Bi-weekly Friday field trips to museums, churches, restaurants, and Reg stacks supplement focused classroom presentations.  Donald Levine. MWF 11:30-12:20 

21107/30000. Classical Readings in Anthropology: Anthropological Theory.  Since its inception as an academically institutionalized discipline, anthropology has always addressed the relation between a self-consciously modernizing “West” and its various and changing “others.” Yet it has not always done so with sufficient critical attention to its own concepts and categories – a fact that has led, since at least the 1980s, to considerable debate about the nature of the anthropological enterprise and its epistemological foundations. This course provides a brief critical introduction to the history of anthropological thought over the course of the discipline’s “long” twentieth century, from the 1880s to the present. Although it centers on the North American and British traditions, we will review important strains of French and, to a lesser extent, German social theory in chronicling the emergence and transformation of “modern” anthropology as an empirically based, but theoretically informed practice of knowledge production about human sociality and culture.  S Palmié. MonWedFri 1:30-2:20,

 ANTH 21267. IntsvStdy: Prehispanic Andean Cultures (=LACS 21267). This course is an intensive study of the political and cultural groups that populated the Andes before the arrival of the Spanish in AD 1532. The course’s objective is to provide students with an introduction to designing research of their own using prehistoric Andean polities as case material. To achieve this goal, students will read basic texts on important Andean cultures in order to gain a working knowledge of the politico-cultural prehistory of the region. They will interpret and evaluate the kinds of questions and arguments the authors construct about those pre-Hispanic cultures. Finally, students will identify the kinds of evidence and analyses that archaeologists use to reconstruct the socio-cultural prehistory of the region. More than a cultural-historical overview, this class will use pre-Hispanic Andean political and cultural groups as a platform to explore key concepts in anthropology such as social diversity, urbanism, the state, ritual and religion, human-environment interaction, economics, politics and power. Readings will advance in a roughly chronological trajectory. However, central themes will reappear across the readings, revealing the ways researchers have diversely addressed similar issues under varying circumstance, and highlighting how Andean cases have contributed to anthropological study in general. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class discussions, on two study questions to be submitted before each class meeting, on one mid-term essay (5-7pp) and on one final essay which will take the form of a structured research proposal (7-10pp).  David Pacifico.  TuTh 10:30-11:50.

ANTH 21317. ModRdgs: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Africa (=GNSE 22504).  This course examines the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the politics of racial, ethnic, and cultural difference in colonial and postcolonial Africa. Since the nineteenth century, gender and sexuality represented central domains of struggle, contestation, and world-making in African contexts. While, on one hand, gender and sexuality offered arguments for the perpetuation of racial and ethnic stereotypes and the (re)production of socio-economic inequalities, on the other hand, they also opened up new venues for imagining and generating livelihoods. Issues pertaining to African genders and sexualities and their relationships to kinship, ritual, or the supernatural were foundational to classical anthropological theories. More recently, research in African contexts also began to challenge conventional theorizations of gender and sexuality and to reevaluate their political implications. This course sets out to familiarize students with the multifaceted aspects of gender and sexuality in Africa. Students will read about kinship, ritual, bridewealth, embodiment, development, queer worlds, and everyday life in the time of AIDS as a way to engage with a set of theoretical questions: How do representations of racial, ethnic, and cultural Others – as particular kinds of gendered and sexual subjects – shape the subjectivities and lived worlds of those whom they represent? How do people navigate gendered and sexual worlds as a way to create social value and moral worth? And, how can we think and write about gender and sexuality in Africa, while questioning rather than reproducing hegemonic paradigms of alterity?   George Paul Meiu.  TuTh  9:00-10:20.

ANTH 21420.  Practice of Anthropology: Ethnographic Methods. (PQ: Preference given to third-year Anthropology majors preparing to write BA papers next year.)  This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the methods anthropologists use in conducting our research. We do not conceive of methods as simply a means to an end, the application of established techniques for generating answers to prior problems developed in anthropological theory. Rather, students will be encouraged to think about the types of data that various methodological techniques can produce, the epistemological and theoretical assumptions embedded in them, and, most importantly, the ways different methodologies can be combined to form an anthropological research project. To that end, students will develop and execute a short field-based anthropological research project as part of the course. Weekly readings and discussions will guide students through the process of developing research questions, choosing a field site, generating data, and re-presenting that field site in writing. Secondarily, course readings and discussions will also provide insights into the historical development of ethnographic methods and their application to globalized, urbanized, and virtual spaces.   Jonah Rubin.  TuTh  12:00-1:20.

ANTH 21720/32720.  Remediations: Thinking Crisis in Contemporary Japan. This course explores discourses of crisis in Japan from the early decades of postwar to the present. It asks how crisis is mediated, what it mediates, and what kinds of mediations lend themselves to perceptions of crisis. We will pay close attention to the discursive strategies that perceptions of crisis mobilize and the experience of nation and collectivity that it materializes. In addition, we will ask how crisis organizes uncertainty and mediates risk, how it inflects representations of gender, and how it articulates a relation to technological and social change. Our discussion will end by considering responses to recent events around Fukushima. In focusing on the perpetual (re)mediation of crisis, one of the aims of the course is to read against the enduring narrative of a shift from order to disorder, or stability to precarity in postwar to present Japan. The course will be a discussion/lecture and is open to all levels. It does not assume prior knowledge of Japan. All material will be in English.  Michael Fisch. Wed. 9:30-12:20.

ANTH 22125.  Introduction to Science Studies. Science is a dense site of practices, norms and values that shapes what it means to be human in the contemporary era. Interwoven with the character of scientific knowledge is the character of the ideas that can be thought and not thought, the diseases that will be treated and not treated, the lives that can be lived and not lived. Yet, science, objectivity and knowledge have proved resistant to critical analysis. This course is an introduction to thinkers who have withstood this resistance and explored questions about the nature, culture and politics of scientific knowledge and its production.  Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Wed. 4:00-6:50.

ANTH 22510/42610.  Afterlives of Gandhi (=ENGL 24308/44308). This course deals with transnational textual, political and theoretical transmissions of the Gandhi idea in the first half of the 20th Century.  William Mazzarella, Leela Gandhi.  Fri. 12:30-3:20.

ANTH 22715/43720.  Weber, Bakhtin, Benjamin. Ideal types?  The iron cage?  Captured speech?  No alibis?  Dialectical Images?  Charismatic authority?  Heteroglossia?  Modes of Domination?  Seizing the flash? Finished, monological utterances?  Conditions of possibility?  Strait gates through time? 

Weber, Bakhtin and Benjamin provide insights and analytical tools of unsurpassed power.  Scholars who use them best have faced and made key decisions about social ontology and social science epistemology, decision that follow from specific, radical propositions about society and social science made by these theorists and others they engage, starting at least from Immanuel Kant.  This course is designed for any student who wants to more clearly understand the arguments of Weber, Bakhtin and Benjamin, and to understand more broadly the remarkable trajectories of German social theory after Kant.  It is designed especially for anyone hoping to use some of their conceptions well in new research.  (Yes, Bakhtin is Russian, and cultural theory in Russia and the US too will come up.)  Fair warning: this course focuses on four roads out of Kant’s liberal apriorism (including culture theory from Herder to Boas and Benedict, as well as Benjamin and the dialectical tradition, Bakhtin’s dialogism, and Weber’s historical realism).  We will spend less time on good examples of current use of Weber’s, Bakhtin’s, and Benjamin’s ideas, than on the writings of Weber, Bakhtin and Benjamin themselves, and their predecessors and interlocutors (including Herder, Hegel, Clausewitz, Marx, Ihering and Simmel).  The premise of the course is that you will do more in your own research with a roadmap than with templates.  John Kelly.  Thurs 12:00-2:50.

ANTH 23055.  Intellectuals and the Cuban State: Socialism, the Market and the Public Sphere (=LACS 23055, CMST 29001, HMRT 23055). In this course, we will examine the changing social and political role of Cuban intellectuals from the beginning of the Revolution to the late socialist period. We will look at how Cuban intellectuals have struggled varyingly to define themselves as builders of “true” socialism and as strident social critics bringing to light hidden truths about the nation. Rather than treating censorship and freedom of speech as universal standards against which cultural production can be tallied in a cross-cultural index, we will examine these phenomena as contested cultural processes with often unexpected effects. This course combines Cuban films and novels with secondary texts drawn from history, anthropology, film studies, and literary studies. Methodologically, we will therefore also inquire into how film and literary studies’ attention to the form and style of aesthetic texts can be brought into productive conversation with anthropology’s attention to culture and social process.  Laura Zoë Humphreys. TuTh 1:30-2:50.

23101-23102-23103. Introduction to Latin American Civilization I, II, III. (=HIST 16101-16102-16103, LTAM 16100-16200-16300, LCAS 34600-34700-34800, SOSC 26100-26200-26300) PQ: May be taken in sequence or individually. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. This course introduces the history and cultures of Latin America (e.g., Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean Islands).  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 consideration of the Spanish and Portuguese conquest and the construction of colonial societies in Latin America.  Winter Quarter addresses the evolution of colonial societies, the wars of independence, and the emergence of Latin American nation-states in the changing international context of the nineteenth century.  Spring Quarter focuses on the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the challenges of economic, political, and social development in the region.  Mauricio Tenorio. MWF 1:30-2:20.

23815.  The Natures of the Factory Farm (=ENST 22506).  This course looks at the culture, technology, politics and ecology of industrial agriculture through the lens of the animal-based "factory" farm. Over the quarter we will trace key steps along the process of manufacturing industrialized animals from life to death in order to think about the factory farm's logics, value, and consequences for rural environments (primarily) within the United States. By emphasizing the historical and cultural conditions of possibility that enable the modern-day factory farm, this course illustrates how mass-producing life forms is more than just a matter of technology, profit-making, or necessity. Instead, we will see how legal definitions of the “farm” versus the “factory”, ideological notions of animal (and human) “nature”, labor law, animal confinement, and the corporate ownership of genetic breeds contribute to its growing ascendancy as a global norm of animal production. But the factory farm has also led to new ideals for rural life that go far beyond classic forms of American agrarianism. As such, we will look to a series of case studies that take up the ecological politics of heritage-breed animals, raw milk production, and recent (Europe-based) projects that try to redeem certain elements of industrial agriculture. Along the way, students will receive an introduction to the analysis of food chains, applied ethology, animal studies, agrarian studies, and rural environmental politics.  Alexander Blanchette. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

24001-24002-24003. Colonizations I, II, III. (=CRPC 24001-24002-24003, HIST 18301-18302-18303, SOSC 24001-24002-24003). PQ: These courses 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.  

24101-24102. Introduction to the Civilizations of South Asia I, II. (=SALC 20100-20200, HIST 10800-10900, SASC 2000-20100, SOSC 23000-23100).  PQ  These courses must be taken in sequence.  This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilizations studies.  This sequence introduces core themes in the formation of culture and society in South Asia before colonialism.  The Winter Quarter focuses on Islam in South Asia, Hindu-Muslim interaction, Mughal political and literary traditions, and South Asia’s early encounters with Europe.  The Spring Quarter analyzes the colonial period (i.e., reform movements, the rise of nationalism, communalism, caste, and other identity movements) up to the independence and partition of India.  M. Alam, Winter; R. Majumdar, Spring. MW 1:30-2:50.

24330/40330.  Medical Anthropology (=CHDV 23204/43204, HIPS 27301).  This course introduces students to the central concepts and methods of medical anthropology.  Drawing on a number of classic and contemporary texts, we will consider both the specificity of local medical cultures and the processes which increasingly link these systems of knowledge and practice.  We will study the social and political economic shaping of illness and suffering and will examine medical and healing systems – including biomedicine – as social institutions and as sources of epistemological authority.  Topics covered will include the problem of belief; local theories of disease causation and healing efficacy; the placebo effect and contextual healing; theories of embodiment; medicalization; structural violence; modernity and distribution of risk; the meanings and effects of new medical technologies; and global health.   Eugene Raikhel. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

24511/34502  The Anthropology of Museums II (=SOSC 34600, MAPS 34600, CHDV 38102).  PQ: Open to advanced udergraduates with consent of instructor. This two-quarter seminar will examine various organizational and ideological features of museums from an anthropological perspective.  The readings -- both theoretical and ethnographic -- cover a wide range of subjects, among which are the Columbian Exposition, the Holocaust, interactive exhibitions, and the art market. In addition, the course includes visits to museums around Chicago with guest professionals as guides into the culture of museums. A fieldwork experience will be an integral part of the Spring quarter.  M. Fred. Wed 3:00-5:50 pm.

24905/41405. Figuration of Social Thought in Action. Rhetoric (Trope) Theory in Anthropology. PQ Open to graduate students and to third- or fourth-year undergraduates.  A consideration of the recent revitalization of interest in the role of rhetoric in shaping social relations and social action, as seen presently in Europe, this course will touch base with these recent projects although it will be mainly anchored in developments since the 1960s in American anthropology seeking “meaningful methods” by concentrating on figuration and con-figuration in culture and on the resultant “play of tropes” in and “emplotments” of social relations and social action.  Some attention will be paid to the main anchoring theories from classical rhetoik and poetic thru Vico, Muller, Tylor, Frazer, Malinowski, Boas, Radin, Sapir and Jakobson, to the work of contemporary anthropologists and linguists.  James W. Fernandez. TuTh 4:30-5:50

25110.  Living with Debt: A Comparative Perspective (=INST 28525)This class approaches debt anthropologically, as a universal cultural practice that forms and undoes social relations, amasses and dissipates wealth, and profoundly shapes the experience of people involved in market or nonmonetary exchanges. Treating debt as a broadly economic category, the class will investigate comparatively how do people live with debt, how does indebtedness feel, and what are the broadly economic and political implications of borrowing-lending strategies. Because consumer and national debt seem to be a shared contemporary global predicament, the class will also critically examine historical dynamics at work in and different scales of debt economies: national, transnational, familial, and personal. Our comparison will bring together three regional contexts of indebtedness—North America, Postcolonial Africa, and Postsocialist Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union—and will look at forms of indebtedness inside and outside the market: from credit card debts to barter and gift exchanges, from organ donations to military and diplomatic relations. By broadening our definition of debt, these comparative insights aim to excavate an experience of indebtedness held in common cross-culturally as well as complicate what seems most natural about giving, owing, and owning.  Larisa Jasarevic. TuTh 4:30-5:50

25325/35325.  History and Culture of Baseball. Study of the history and culture of baseball can raise in a new light a wide range of basic questions in social theory.  The world of sports is one of the paradoxical parts of cultural history, intensely intellectually scrutinized and elaborately “covered” by media, yet largely absent from scholarly curricula.  Perhaps more than any other sport, baseball has even drawn a wide range of scholars to publish popular books about it, yet has produced few professional scholars whose careers are shaped by study of it.  In this course, we will examine studies that connect the cultural history of baseball to race, nation, and decolonization, to commodity fetishism and the development of capitalist institutions, to globalization and production of locality.  We will compare studies of baseball from a range of disciplinary perspectives (economics, evolutionary biology, political science, history and anthropology) and will give special attention to the culture and history of baseball in Chicago.  We hope and expect that this course will be a meeting ground for people who know a lot about baseball and want to learn more about cultural anthropology, and people who are well read in anthropology or social theory who want to know more about baseball.  The course will draw heavily on the rich library of books and articles about baseball, scholarly and otherwise, and will also invite students to pursue their own research topics in baseball culture and history.   John Kelly (with Jonathon Medrano) Tues. 6:00-8:50.

25430.  Resource Extraction and the Global Economy (=INST 29225). How does “nature” matter? And in a global economy, what is the significance of natural resources and extractive industries for human life? If energy dependency and resource depletion, environmental security or the violence of extractive sites are hardly new concerns, natural resources are currently being mined, cultivated, and extracted on an unprecedented scale to satisfy expanding economic growth and global demand. Historically, colonial and post-colonial nations have been the main providers of resources to the industrialized North, but unlike the late nineteenth-century “scramble for Africa,” contemporary politics and the ecology of natural wealth in the “global south” unsettle long-established circuits of resource flows and forcefully convoke a discussion on the place of nature in global capitalism.  This course does not purport to cover the wide topical and thematic literature pertaining to environmental policy, development and community-based resource management, or ethno-ecology. While alluding to these fields, this class is designed to provide critical tools to understand processes of transnational resource extraction and commoditization of nature. Particular emphasis will be given to Africa, with an eye toward the global economy of natural resources. It draws from perspectives in political economy, anthropology and political ecology to ask: what constitutes nature and natural wealth? What is the cultural and human significance of resource extraction in capitalism?  Filipe Calvao. WedFri 1:30-2:50.

25906.  Shamans & Epic Poets of Central Asia (=NEHC 20766/30766, EEUR 20766/30766). This course explores the rituals, oral literature, and music associated with the nomadic cultures of Central Asia. K. Arik,  Tues 1:30-4:20.

 26510.  Food Security and Urban Agriculture (ENST 27201). (PQ. Admission to the Calumet Quarter). Kathleen Morrison.

26705/36700. Archaeology of Race and Ethnicity (=MAPS 36700, CRES 26700). This course will examine the ways that we understand (or misunderstand) “race” from an archaeological perspective. How can we tell whether material differences in the archaeological record correspond to boundaries human groups draw between themselves? We will explore readings from projects in the US and beyond, reviewing debates while asking the following questions: Can we see ethnic diversity or ethnogenesis in the archaeological record? Can race be constructed through artifacts?  Did race exist in prehistory or antiquity?  What are the political stakes involved in archaeological studies of race and ethnicity? Over the last several years, a new emphasis on the social construction of racial and ethnic identities has invited a re-examination of the ways in which aspects of the material world (architecture, pottery, food, clothing, etc.) may participate actively in the dialectical process of creating or obscuring difference, suggesting both new avenues of research and new problems to confront in a topic that remains highly relevant to today’s society.  Rebecca Graff. Wed 9:30-12:20

26900/46900. Archaeological Data Sets. This course focuses on the methodological basis of archaeological data analysis.  Its goals are twofold, first to provide students with an opportunity to examine research questions through the study of archaeological data, and second to allow students to evaluate evidential claims in light of analytical results.  We will consider data collection, sampling and statistical populations, exploratory data analysis, and statistical inference.  The course is built around computer applications and, thus, will also provide an introduction to computer analysis, data encoding, and data base structure.  M. Lycett. TuTh 9:00-10:20.

27305.  Pornography and Language (=CHDV 20405, LING 29405).  This course explores the place and role of language in pornographic films. Why does language occur in filmed pornography at all? What kind of language occurs? What role does it play? How is it gendered? How does it frame the narrative or drive it forward? How does language subvert or undermine the visual representation of sex? What does any of this tell us about gender, sexuality and erotics in non-pornographic contexts? Course readings focus on theories of pornographic representation, theories of language, gender and erotics, and methods of transcribing and analyzing dialogue. The course requires students to watch a wide range of pornography, including  different varieties of straight, gay and trans porn, so anyone enrolling in the course must be interested in pornography as a social and cultural phenomenon and must also have experience watching porn and thinking about it.  Don Kulick.  Thurs 12:00-2:50.

27415.  Literacy in the Arab World: Uses of Books, Habits of Reading and Writing in Morocco. This course examines the multiple uses of the book in the Arab world at large with a specific focus on urban Morocco. We are particularly interested in investigating the impact of the book, its materiality, and the reading and writing habits associated with it in contemporary Moroccan society. This will be done in the context of Mohammed VI’s accession in 1999, which started a process of political liberalization. The more general aim of the course is to explore the way in which individuals, under current social, cultural, political, and economic constraints, (choose to) read, write, publish, and sell the book.

          We start with the concept of “literacy” as developed in Anglo-Saxon and French contemporary anthropology. While readings will be largely taken from New Literacy Studies - a school of thought that is central in the Anglo-Saxon world- we will also spend some time on French anthropological studies. In this segment of the course, relying on the concept of “literacy events”, particular attention will be given to empirical tools and ethnographical methods used in the investigation of writing practices, habits of reading and uses of the book.       Having acquainted ourselves with the theoretical and methodological practices involved in such a study, we will begin to trace the historical trajectory of print in the Islamic world, starting with its comparatively delayed adoption and ending with the current state of publishing in the Arab world. This brief historical overview will assist us in examining the process of oral transmission of knowledge in traditional Islamic education and its effect on current conceptions and representations of the book in the Arab world.                                                                                               In the final segment of the course, we will study the impact of the book in relation to other new media like Television and Internet in the current social, cultural and political transformation taking place in Morocco and other Arab countries.  Anouk Cohen. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

28510/58510.  Anthropology of Space/Place/Landscape. Materiality has emerged as a fertile interest in anthropology and other social sciences. Within this broad conceptual umbrella, space, place, and landscape have become critical lenses for analyzing and interpreting people’s engagement with their physical surroundings. Once an inert backdrop to social life, a mere epiphenomenon, the material world is now acknowledged as a generative medium and terrain of cultural production: at once socially produced and framing sociality, shaping and constraining human possibilities, both by and against design… This course concerns itself with these articulations: 1) the spatial production of social worlds, 2) its expressions in different cultural and historical settings, and 3) its trails of ambiguous effects. Drawing on several fields, anthropology and geography chiefly, but also art history, architecture, philosophy, and social theory, we will explore how the triad of space/place/landscape works on, in, and through different social worlds and its role in the making of social experience, perception, and imagination. We will also reflect on how spatial formations frequently elude the very social projects that have birthed them. The objective of the course is to provide you with a foundation in contemporary spatial thought, which can be creatively applied to questions of spatiality in your own research setting.F.G. Richard. Tues. 1:30-4:20. 

28600/38600.  Apes and Human Evolution (=BIOS 23253). A critical examination of the ways in which data on the behavior, morphology and genetics of apes have been used to elucidate human evolution, with particular emphasis on bipedalism, hunting, meat-eating, tool behavior, food sharing, cognitive ability, language, self-awareness, and sociability. Visits to local zoos, films, and demonstrations with casts of fossils and skeletons. Russell Tuttle. MonWed 9:30-10:20, Fri 9:30-11:20.

28702/58702.  Archaeologies of Political Life.  This seminar examines how archaeologists have approached political life in the past forty years. Its aim is to question the categories through which political worlds are often studied (beginning with such unwieldy terms as 'states,’ 'chiefdoms,’ ‘complexity,’ etc…) and complicate analyses of politics in the past. Rather than relying on concepts that already predetermine the outcome of political functioning, we will read key texts in anthropology and political theory (on sovereignty, domination, legitimacy, political economy, governance, ideology, hegemony, subjectivity, anarchy) to dissect the foundations and operations of power, expose its cultural logics, and explore the processes behind the categories. Some of the questions that will guide our discussions include: How do politics work in both past and present? Through what channels and modalities? With what effects (anticipated or not)? And what role does the material world play in mediating these relations? Each week will pair theoretical readings with case-studies drawn from different parts of the world and from different moments in history. Through this seminar, students will gain familiarity with classic archaeological thinking on power and critical perspectives steering contemporary studies of past politics.  François G. Richard. Wed. 12:30-3:20

29700.  Readings in Anthropology.  PQ: Consent of instructor and Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. 

29900.  Preparation of Bachelor’s Essay.  PQ: Consent of instructor and Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. 

32225.  Transnational Kinship, Intimacy and Migration (=CHDV 30117). This course examines the complex interrelationships and tensions between the reproduction and transformation of families and nations. We focus especially on how the two come together and conflict through the practice and policing of migration.  It has long been the case that the nation and the family are intimately intertwined. Not only is the symbolism of families intimately linked to the symbolism of nations, but modern states have long sought to regulate and shape families as part of state sovereignty.  At the same time, nations can not always guarantee the wellbeing of their subjects. Though people have long moved across national borders, contemporary processes of globalization, as well as increasing social inequality between the global North and the South, mean that people are on the move like never before. And kinship -- the making and transforming of families, and the way kin processes interact with states and political economies, is central to this process.  Not only do migrants often immigrate in order to support families back in their countries of origin, but migrants often become the constitutive outsider which local ideas of self, kin and national belonging are constituted against. 

To interrogate these ideas, this course examines themes of intimacy, kinship and migration through the analysis of ethnographies.  Questions we will address include: What are the effects of family reunification law which explicitly tries to privilege certain kinds of families in the context of migration? What happens when the roles traditionally associated with wifehood or motherhood stretch across national boundaries? What happens when people adopt children from other countries, grafting them onto new families? By reading a series of recent ethnographies on issues including marriage migration, adoption, and labor migration participants will gain insight into the complex ways in which the making and unmaking of kin ties creates new kinds of belonging and new forms of exclusion in the today’s world.  Jennifer Cole. Tues. 1:30-4:30.

 34814.  Anthropology and Literature: World Poetry (=SCTH 32720). Exploration of the world’s lyric poetry (poets and poetic cultures) that braids 1) certain paradigmatic problems (e.g., tradition and individual talent, interpretation of the body, death), 2) poetic form (e.g., metrics, the sonnet [“The Chinese Sonnet”], as in Pushkin, Dickinson, Sor Juana, Tu Fu), 3) vignettes from a world sample (e.g., Sumerian, Zuni, Vietnamese, Mayan, Tamil, Nuer, Yupik Eskimo), and, beyond that, 4) how does poetry essentialize cultural values, reflect changing notions of love and jealousy, become relevant to politics, or be integrated with a metaphysics?  These four components will be interwoven extemporaneously, supplemented by occasional very short lectures.  An initial one-page paper on Wang Wei, two three-page papers on a poem, or an issue, and a final 7-10 page paper on poetics.  Texts include Classical Chinese Poetry and Technicians of the Sacred.   Open to undergraduates with consent of instructor.  P. Friedrich. Thurs 9:30-12:20

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.    J.Chu. Tues 10:30-1:20.

42425.  Sanctification of Space in Contemporary Israel. This is a class on the sanctification of space and place in Israel, exploring various facets of Israeli society through a place-related prism: holy place in ancient and modern Judaism, the political uses of sacred sites in light of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sanctification and commemoration in Israel’ civil religion (national) pantheons, war monuments, etc.), the allure of “centers out there” (Israeli backers in Hindu shrines, teenagers visiting Poland’s death camps, Hasidim visiting Rabbis’ tombs in East Europe).  Yoram Bilu MonWed 1:30-2:50. Class meets April 30-Jun 1.

45615.  Displaced Nations and the Politics of Belonging (=CHDV 48415). While immigration has given rise to cultural hybridity and cosmopolitan forms of belonging, it has also produced diasporic nations and long-distance nationalisms that strive to maintain relationships with real or imagined homelands. This seminar examines what it means to belong to a nation that is not coterminous with a territorial state. It explores both the impact of diasporic nation-making on immigrant subjectivities and on the cultural politics of belonging in receiving states. How, for instance, does deterritorialized nation-making implicate immigrant bodies, histories, and subjectivities? How is the traditionally ethnos-based diasporic nation reconceptualised by considering intersecting queer solidarities or religious nationalisms? How does deterritorialized nation-making complicate ideologies of citizenship and belonging, and how do immigrant-receiving states manage these complications? To explore these issues, we will draw on ethnographic monographs and multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives that critically examine the concepts of the nation, nationalism, deterritorialized nationalism, and citizenship, as they implicate history and memory, the body, sexual and religious solidarities, and multiculturalism.   Gayathri Embuldeniya. Thurs 1:30-4:20.

52105.  Colloquium: Post-Colonial Africa (=HIST 50004) This course explores debates in narrating social, cultural, political and economic change in Africa since 1945. Exploring the recent interest in what historian Frederick Copper calls “the past of the present,” the course will incorporate a variety of disciplinary, methodological and epistemological perspectives. Topics to be explored include: decolonization; the interactions of states and civil society; migration and urbanization; the politics of gender and sexuality; development and globalization; popular culture; health and medicine; and postcolonial theory. Course materials will include historical monographs, ethnography, fiction, memoirs, visual media and films, as well as written and oral primary sources. This course aims to provide students with theoretical and methodological tools to narrate contemporary history.  Rachel Jean-Baptiste. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

52200.   Proposal Preparation.  (PQ: Open only to anthropology graduate students preparing for field work) This is a required course for (primarily third-year) graduate students who are preparing field work grant applications and dissertation proposal during the current academic year.  The course is taken pass/fail and provides each student the opportunity to present a pre-circulated draft research proposal for discussion and critique.  The course focuses on preparation and discussion of students’ draft proposals.  Stephan Palmié. Wed. 10:30-1:20.

52910.  Migration and Diaspora. (Open only to students admitted to the Partner University Fund Program.  Course meets March 12-23.  Michael Dietler.  All day every day.)

53703.  Theory from the South: Toward a Late Modern Anthropology. (PQ Preference to Anthropology doctoral students.) What – and how – ought “theory from the south” to contribute to the reshaping of future anthropologies? What, indeed, may “theory from the south” mean as a discursive frame for understanding the history of the present? And what ought a critical anthropology, informed by a sensitivity toward developing discourses of “theory from the south,” sui generis, bring to the critical analysis of the contemporary world.

        Because this is the last course we will teach at the University of Chicago, we should like to do it in a rather different, experimental manner. Instead of being organized around set of readings each week, we are going to take the broad theme of “theory from the south,” parse it into nine topics – each corresponding to a chapter in the book itself, or to one other collateral piece of writing on the broad theme, each of which covers a dimension of discourse at large – and invite you, the participants in the class, to present a critical analysis of ANY contemporary social/political/economic/cultural phenomenon in the current world that illuminates the topic in question; your cases may come from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the area of your own research, this being a matter of your choice. You are also expected to ask the other participants in the class to read up to twenty pages of published material in preparation for your presentation. Each presentation may be up to 20-25 minutes.   John/Jean Comaroff. Wed. 3:30-6:20.

53825.  Anthropology of Sound.  (PQ Preference for Anthropology doctoral students. Capped at 12This course is an intensive reading seminar surveying some key works and debates relevant to the anthropological study of sound and sensibility.  Students will examine the relation of sound to “modern” modes of reasoning, sentiment and historical consciousness, space and place, the ethics of listening, mechanical reproduction, infrastructure, the phenomenology and politics of voice and silence, the “problem” of noise and the weaponization of sound technologies.  The class will involve active listening exercises and an audio production assignment.  Readings will include Feld, Schaefer, Corbin, Sterne, Adorno, Kittler, Derrida, Barthes, Hirschkind, Cage, Attali.   Julie Chu. Wed. 12:30-3:20.

57300.  Linguistic Anthropology Practicum. Justin Richland/Constantine Nakassis. Thurs. 1:30-4:20.