Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Spring 2013

21201. Chicago Blues.  This course is an anthropological and historical exploration of one of the most original and influential American musical genres in its social and cultural context.  The course traces the origins of the “Delta Blues” in the culture of African American sharecroppers of rural Mississippi, its transposition to Chicago during the “great migration” of the first half of the twentieth century, its development (in the bars and streets of Chicago’s Southside and Westside) into the tough, aggressive urban music that has come to be known as “Chicago Blues”, and its eventual spread to audiences outside the African American community.  The course examines transformations in the cultural meaning of the blues and its place within broader American cultural currents, the social and economic situation of blues musicians, and the political economy of blues within the wider music industry.  M. Dietler. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

 21254.  Intensive Study of a Culture:  Pirates  (=LACS 21254). Pirates, smugglers, and privateers hold a special place in the American cultural imagination, particularly in recent years.  But the value of studying piracy and smuggling goes beyond the titillation of popular entertainment in forms such as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.  Many of the questions that arise go to the heart of major anthropological problems.  Some of these topics are venerable, others are of more recent vintage, such as:  the nature of informal economies, the relationship between criminality and the state, transnationalism, the evolution of capitalism, intellectual property and globalization, political revolutions, counter-cultures, and the cultural role of heroic (or anti-heroic) narratives.  Each week we will tackle one of these topics, pairing a classic anthropological work with specific examples from the historical, archaeological, and/or ethnographic literature.  While the pirates and smugglers of the early modern Caribbean (ca. 1492-1820) will serve as our primary case study, we will be comparing this well-known form to examples spanning from ancient ship-raiders in the Mediterranean to contemporary software “piracy.”S. Dawdy. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

 21268. Intensive Study of a Culture: Urban Africa.  What can African cities tell us about contemporary urban life? Often approached by analysts as sites of danger, poverty, and informality, African cities remain “elusive” sites of study, but have become vital to understand as Africa’s population comes close to being majority urbanized. How have ethnographers and others approached the ethnographic space of the African city?  What can their writings about housing, informality, planning, and lifestyle reveal to us about life, not only in Africa, but in other cities around the world? This course introduces students to some of the key questions in the study of African urbanisms, but also seeks to link contemporary issues raised by life in African cities to more general concerns in urban studies, especially for cities in the Global South. Topics include urban planning, informal housing, urban citizenship, and the critical examination of urban-rural relations. Using a mixture of canonical and contemporary texts on African cities, this course will track how the African city and urban dweller emerged as objects of study, and provide students with insights into current debates about how the city should be studied and approached in the present moment. Claudia Gastrow, TuTh 9:00-10:20

21305/45300. Modern Readings in Anthropology: Explorations in Oral Narrative: The Folk Tale.  This course studies the role of storytelling and narrativity in society and culture: comparison of folk tale traditions; the shift from oral to literate traditions and the impact of writing; the principal schools of analysis of narrative structure and function; and the place of narrative in the disciplines law, psychoanalysis, politics, history, philosophy, and anthropology. Story per­formance and contemporary storytelling in America are considered and encouraged.  J. Fernandez. TuTh 4:30-5:50

ANTH 21420.  Practice of Anthropology: Ethnographic Methods. (PQ: Preference given to third-year Anthropology majors preparing to write BA papers next year.)  This course provides an introduction to ethnographic methods and is suitable for anthropology majors. The course is structured around a series of practical exercises that are designed to introduce students to ethnographic methods, and to provide a starting point for a discussion of the potentials, problematics and challenges of different methodological strategies. A combination of practical and critically reflexive texts from anthropology (and in some cases other qualitative social sciences) will be read alongside of the exercises, as we think through the utility and limitations of ethnography. Mary Leighton  MW 3:30-4:50

22000/35500. Anthropology of Development (=ENST 22000, LACS 22001/35500). This course analyzes the contributions of anthropological understanding to development programs in “underdeveloped” and “developing” societies.  Topics we will consider include: the history of development; different perspectives on development within the world system; the role of principal development agencies and their use of anthropological knowledge; the problems of ethnographic field inquiry in the context of development programs; the social organization and politics of underdevelopment; the cultural construction of “well-being”; economic, social, and political critiques of development; population, consumption and the environment; and future scenarios of development. Alan Kolata. TuTh 1:30-2:50.

22145/50730.  Knowledge/Value: Property and Intellectual Property. Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Fri 11:00-1:50

22410/32410 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (=SOCI 20217/30217, CHSS 30217)  Science, technology and information are the ‘racing heart’ of contemporary cognitive capitalism and the engine of change of our technological culture. They are deeply relevant to the understanding of contemporary societies. But how are we to understand the highly esoteric cultures and practices of science, technology and information? During the twentieth century, sociologists, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists raised original, interesting, and consequential questions about the sciences and technology.  Often their work drew on and responded to each other, and, taken together, their various approaches came to constitute a field, "science and technology 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 examine are the sociology of scientific knowledge and its applications, constructivism and actor network theory, the study of technology and information, as well as recent work on knowledge and technology in the economy and finance.  Beginning with the second week of classes, we will devote the second half of the class to presentations and discussion.  Karin Knorr Cetina Wed 9:30-12:20.

22609. Indigenous Methodologies. Justin Richland   Thurs 1:30-4:20.

23065/31618. The Oracles of the Ancient Andean World (=LACS 28937/38937). The course aims to explore the nature, form, organization and function of the oracles in the ancient Andean world, particularly at the time of the Inca Empire (XV-early XVI century).  The lecture will examine the general features of oracular shrines and practices in a comparative perspective, both historical and ethnographic, as well as the specific characteristics and dimensions that oracular phenomenon took in Pre-Colombian Peru. 
          Through the presentation of archaeological and iconographical evidence and documentary sources, the main Andean oracular sanctuaries—such as those of Pachacamac, Titicaca, Coricancha, Huanacauri, and Catequil—wo;; be reviewed, together with their architectural structures, spatial organization and paraphernalia, ceremonial patterns, the role and tasks of their priest, staff and visitors, as well as the relationship these religious centers had with other shrines and the Inca State.
           Furthermore, the multiple functions (normative, legitimizing power, data management, articulation of consent, conditioning of public opinion and ethnic policies, etc.) that oracles had within the Inca political system will be explored.  Finally, the possible connection between the oracular phenomenon and the development of essentially oral-based complex socio-political formations will also be examined.
           The course is primarily lecture format, although there will be regular opportunity for the analysis of evidence and in-class discussion of texts.   Marco Curatola-Petrocchi, Mon 10:30-1:20.    

23070.  Human Rights and the Environment in Latin America.  This course will explore the theoretical and political debates raised by human rights and environmental problems in Latin America, as well as the progressive development of the doctrinal and institutional linkages between human rights and the environment in the region.  The course will begin with an exploration of the history and theory of human rights, the integration of environmental claims into human rights discourse, and the politics of transnational human rights and environmental advocacy.  It will then move into a series of weekly themes: land, energy, trade and investment, food, war, water and air, and climate change.  The class will begin each week with a discussion of key conceptual issues raised in and by the theme, such as property, self-determination, individual and collective rights, representation, participation, jurisdiction, labor, power, borders, private/public, and sovereignty, and how these concepts come to be at stake in the context of human rights and environmental problems.  The second class each week will then be devoted to a case study of a particular human rights and environmental problem in Latin America; these discussions will be grounded both in empirical materials related to the particular case as well as the conceptual issues covered in the course as a whole.  We will engage a diverse set of materials, including work from law, anthropology, history, sociology, and political science, as well as regional and international jurisprudence, human rights covenants and environmental agreements, and materials produced by human rights and environmental advocates.  The class will also view several documentary films over the course of the quarter.  Meghan Morris TuTh 10:30-11:50

 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.  Dain Borges. MWF 1:30-2:20.

23615. Central Asia from Alexander the Great to Al Queda: Culture, History, and Politics (=INST 29603). Central Asia Past and Present serves as a multi-disciplinary course, spanning anthropology, history and political science. This course introduces students both to the political-geographic concept of Central Asia as well as to the historical and cultural dimensions of this part of the world that seems to be redefined often. A core understanding of Central Asia results from studies of formerly Soviet Central Asia, which includes five newly independent countries (since 1991) within the Eurasian landmass--the former U.S.S.R. This course encompasses Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in addition to parts of northern Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and western China (Xinjiang/Sinkiang) because of shared cultural heritage, including languages and religions.

          Students will familiarize themselves with both universal and divergent factors among the Central Asian peoples based on phenomena such as human migrations, cross-cultural influences, historical events, and the economic organization of peoples based on local ecology and natural boundaries. Working together and as individuals, we will study maps and atlases to gain a fuller understanding of historical movements and settlements of the Central Asian peoples.

          In addition to lectures and book discussions, I will present photographs, slides, and video material from fieldwork trips to Central Asia as well as professional documentary and art films about the societies of this area.

Russell Zanca. MW 1:30-2:50.

23715/43715. Self-Determination: Theory and Reality. After 9/11, study of politics in anthropology and other disciplines has turned to fundamental political dilemmas amidst US led global campaigns against “terror” and “insurgency.”  Some scholars (e.g., Fukuyama) seek reasons why “failed states” are unable to meet now-global standards.  Other scholars have mobilized anti-liberal theories of Carl Schmitt in place of Foucault, Anderson, or Hardt and Negri.  Against both neo-liberalism and these anti-liberalisms, this course examines decolonization, nationalism, counterinsurgency, and other consequences of nation-state building in the global South, by way of a liberal critique of national liberalism, accepting liberal valuation of rights, freedoms, and responsibilities, but informed in its skepticism of the globalized nation-state as the institutionalization of these values.  Actual decolonization histories compared include India (especially partition and Northeast India), Burma, Vietnam, Korea, Fiji, and Iraq.  Among topics discussed are the rise of diaspora, political armies, NGOs, and new kinds of warfare.  Situated critics of “self-determination” are read, including Fanon, Gandhi, Creech Jones and the Dalai Lama, but the focus is the history of efforts at actual “self-determination,” from Wilson’s argument for national sovereignty at Versailles through the fate of “princely states” in India to the United Nations decolonization programs.  Pursuing the now-global significance and fate of many American political tropes, including “world made safe for democracy,” “separate but equal,” “limited liability,” and “self-determination” itself, and operating from the premise that ethnographically and theoretically informed criticism of the idea of self-determination is now possible and desirable, this course is designed to inform and inspire further ethnographic work on actual contemporary political institutions and movements.  J. Kelly. TuTh 1:30-2:50

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. 

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 3:00-4:20.

25148/35125.  Israel in Film and Ethnography (=MAPS 34148). Combining weekly screenings of both Israeli fiction and documentary films with readings from ethnographic and other relevant research, this seminar will explore the dynamics of ethnic and religious diversity in modern Israeli society. Some of the (often overlapping) topics to be covered in this examination of the institutional and ideological construction of Israeli identity/ies: the absorption of immigrants; ethnic, class, and religious tensions; the kibbutz; military experience; the Holocaust and other traumas; evolving attitudes about gender and sexuality; and the struggle for minorities’ rights.  Morris Fred. Tues. 3:00-5:50

25204.  Economies of Gender. (=GNSE 25204).  This course traces intersections between gender and economy with particular focus on the transformations associated with globalization and capitalist expansion.  Part of our mission is to explore how capitalism has shaped conceptions, practices, and performance of gender in particular places.  At the same time, we will also ask how gender, in turn, is mobilized in larger social imaginaries that contribute to and mediate global capitalist processes.  After outlining key theoretical concerns, we will explore these issues through ethnographic and historical case studies rooted in the particulars of everyday life.  Topics include the global assembly line, affective labor, the commodification of language and the body, fashion and style, transformations in family relationships, and new intimacies.   Susanne Cohen. MW 1:30-2:50.

25206. Sex and the State (=GNSE 24303).  How, why and when is the state interested in sex?  Can we do anything about state interventions into sex?  And why might we want to?  This course looks at the way that the sex, gender, and sexuality has been a central concern to statecraft and how sexual politics are, in turn enmeshed in the state.  In the course, we will look at feminist and queer responses to the relationship between sex and state power from a variety of disciplines and traditions.  There is no one way to see a state (social contract, biopolitical administrator, sovereign exception), yet all these perspectives are open to gender and sexual critiques.  Readings in the course will cover a variety of approaches that can inspire our own interventions to analyze and perhaps critique the ways in which the state continues to regulate sex.   Readings will draw from reproductive rights, sex work, marriage, hate crimes, militarism, prisons, and a variety of other topics.  In addition to critical scholarly work, we will read contemporary journalism and engage in feminist and queer critiques of the state regulation of sex.  As a final project, students will pick their own case and apply class and outside readings in a ten-page analysis. 

           Further Note on the Modules:  During two issue-based modules, we will have no or one light academic reading.  Instead, students will be assigned shorter pieces, mostly journalistic where we will discuss a current event.  The strategy here is to promote a group conversation on a single topic that will also help students think about ways they can approach their final papers. J. Sosa. MW 1:30-2:50.

25905.  Introduction to the Music and Folklore of Central Asia (=NEHC 20765/30765, EEUR 23400/33400, MUSI 23503/33503). This course explores the musical traditions of the peoples of Central Asia, both in terms of historical development and cultural significance.  Topics include the music of the epic tradition, the use of music for healing, instrumental genres, and Central Asian folk and classical traditions.  Basic field methods for ethnomusicology are also covered.  Extensive use is made of recordings of musical performances and of live performances in the area. K. Arik,  Tues 1:30-4:20.

27420/37420.  Language and Power (=Ling 28860/38860). Language is often imagined to inhabit a symbolic realm autonomous from other aspects of social life, including power.  This class starts from the contrary position that language and power are intrinsically intertwined.  We will discuss how linguistic practices reflect and shape large-scale power relations, sometimes through explicit attempts to pursue particular linguistic projects, and sometimes through means more subtle and covert.  How we will ask, can we take these relations of power into account and still make room for the agency and imagination of the speaking subject?  Our texts will be varied, encompassing sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology as well as history and social theory.  Special attention will be paid to the influence of capitalism, but our purview will be broad, and will also encompass everyday institutional interactions, colonial legacies, and questions of gender, as well as class, globalization, and the new work order. Susanne Cohen. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

27425.  Cosmopolitan and Vernacular: Language and Locality in South Asia (=INST 29240, SALC 29201).

Our primary purpose in this course is to get a fresh conceptual grasp on the key historical events in South Asian history. This gives us a view on the global as well in so far as we attend to events of global concern (empires, colonialism and nationalism; religious conversion; ethnolinguistic identity; literary communities; regionalism, separatism and revolutions; and much more) through analysis of how these processes unfold in the particular contexts of one region. By looking anew at important historical events and social and cultural processes of this region through the lens of the cosmopolitan and the vernacular we hope to discover novel continuities and disjunctures across time throughout the region.

We see the cosmopolitan ('nowhere in particular') and the vernacular ('somewhere very particular') as stances or perspectives that people take toward language and locality which are evidenced in their literary creations, everyday language practices, religious belief and rituals, and political and social institutions. In particular we attend to how

these terms are poles on a graded scale distributed across the social terrain and temporal extent of one's life; the cosmopolitan and vernacular as metaphors for the attachments to language and place, of language to place, are, in short, a dialectic. They are productive oppositions in a movement of constant renewal. To be sure, the cosmopolitan and the vernacular are versions of the universal and the particular, however, the cosmopolitan and the vernacular bring to the fore belonging (which is about an affective relation to place), and selfhood (which is a reflexivity mediated by language) as ways to understand peoples actions as moments in the political economy and politics of language and culture. Hence we will trace this dialectic through topics as diverse as Sanskrit literature, colonial representations of the arrival of the "Aryans" in India, Muslim rule, religious conversion, colonialism, imperialism and nationalism, national and regional language communities, social revolution, separatist movements, hill tribes, and the politics of indigeneity. As we move between different parts of the region and across historical epochs we will pay close attention to how the values of the cosmopolitan and the vernacular change in their mutual opposition through time and for different societies within South Asia.

Beginning with Kant, we will read some influential formulations of cosmopolitanism in relation to theoretical writings on concepts germane to our investigation such as the literary theorist Mikhael Bakhtin's "chronotope", "genre", and "voice" in the study of discourse; Benedict Anderson's discussion of time-space and the role of death and memory in the imagination of the nation; Marx on circulation and commensurability; Hegel on the struggle for recognition and revolution; Michael Silverstein on communities of language; and Georg Simmel on the stranger. In the end our goal, ambitious as it may be, is to see the peoples and societies of South Asia across a broad expanse of time, as it were, bathed in a new light by placing their stances toward language and locality at the forefront of an investigation of their cultural and historical dynamics.  Matthew Rich. TuTh 1:30-2:50.

28220/38220.  Naturalizing Disaster: Nature, Vulnerability and Social History (=ENST 26201).  Mark Lycett/Phillip Drake. TuTh 10:30-11:50

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.

32110.  Culture, Power, Subjectivity: Migration and Multiculturalism (=CHDV 32101). This quarter’s version of Culture, Power, Subjectivity focuses on migration, multiculturalism and the processes of social transformation that occur as people move across cultural/national borders. The goals of the course are threefold.  First, rather than take migration as an already-constituted object of study, we will consider how it is that social scientists (and anthropologists and sociologists in particular) have thought about questions of migration and movement and therefore posed certain kinds of questions and not others.  Examining this problem means that we will also have to consider some foundational texts on “culture,” “society” and “migration.”  The second goal of the class is to develop a new vocabulary for theorizing the social and cultural processes that occur in migration.  Finally, we will scrutinize the content of various ethnographies -- the predicaments people face, how they get resolved, the consequences etc.  Students should leave the class with a better grasp of some of the foundational concepts in anthropology and sociology as well as an appreciation of the empirical phenomenon of migration.           Jennifer Cole. Tues 1:30-4:20.

32315.  Anthropology of the Machine. Postwar cybernetics is typically associated with the emergence of information theory, the development of digital computing, Cold War infrastructure, and research into Artificial Intelligence. As such, it is problematized for its relation to the military industrial complex, novel mechanisms of social control, and dismal science fiction scenarios. Yet postwar cybernetics also gave rise to another more philosophically oriented conceptual trajectory concerned with a theory of in-formation, Artificial Life, and new ways thinking technology. This seminar is primarily concerned with this latter dimension of cybernetics and attempts to draw attention to its pervasive presence in contemporary social thought. Specifically, we will trace its resonance in current anthropological trends that emphasize emergence, non-representational theory, materiality, affect, and intensity. In addition, we will explore the kind of methodology that it suggests. The seminar will involve a close reading and discussion of texts and is intended mainly for Ph.D. students. Admittance for Masters students will be based upon request.  Michael Fisch. Wed 12:30-3:20

42505. Nuer Religion (=HREL 43210).  Bruce Lincoln. MW 9:00-10:20.

45405. Maverick Markets: Cultural Economy and Cultural Finance (SOCI 40172). What are the cultural dimensions of economic and financial institutions and financial action? What social variables influence and shape 'real' markets and market activities? 'If you are so smart, why aren't you rich?' is a question economists have been asked in the past. Why isn’t it easy to make money in financial areas even if one knows what economists know about markets, finance and the economy? And why, on the other hand, is it so easy to get rich for some participants? Perhaps the answer is that real markets are complex social and cultural institutions which are quite different from organizations, administrations and the production side of the economy. The course addresses these differences and core dimensions of economic sociology; it is not focused on the sociology of organizations. Karin Knorr Cetina.  Tues 9:00-11:50 am

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.

46100. Archaeology and the Politics of the Past. This seminar explores the use of the ancient past as a symbolic resource by modern communities and the social situation and responsibilities of archae­ologists in this process. Case studies from a variety of contexts are used to show how archaeology has been implicated in the politically charged con­struction of ethnic and regional identities and nationalist and colonialist mythologies in modern history. Current debates about the authority of competing interpretations of archaeological evidence, the right to control public representations of the past, and the contested ownership of archaeo­logical materials and sites are also discussed. Michael Dietler. Thurs 10:30-1:20.

46821.  Materiality. (This is the description from Social Life of Things – of which this course is a new iteration)  Twenty years ago, Arjun Appadurai published a seminal collection on The Social Life of Things, marking a watershed in anthropological understandings of consumption, circulation, and production, and the role of objects in mediating between cultural sensibilities and economic flows. This work has stimulated a wealth of interest in materiality, and over the years, research has sought to expand the insights of Appadurai’s collection to shed greater light on the relationship between mind, matter, and subjectivity. Drawing on these recent developments, this course aims to explore the material dimensions of cultural life and cultural production. As we engage with contemporary and classic writings in cultural anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, and social theory, we will grapple with several key issues: the boundaries between objects and subjects; the agency of persons and things; the relationship between objects and meaning, between experience and imagination; and the production of sociality in the actions/transactions linking people to their material world. The question of value is crucially implicated in these processes, and will require particular attention. And because material transactions are embedded in overlapping fields of power and politics, we will remain attentive to the ways in which objects make/mark/transgress difference, inequalities, and social boundaries. While we will discuss theories of materiality per se, our focus will rest mostly in theorizing how things work in and through concrete social and historical contexts. In this light, ethnographic studies will provide precious resources in helping us outline the logics, terrains, and lineaments of material and cultural production. Indeed, a central goal of this course is to examine how we can mobilize ethnographic insights on object worlds to reframe or expand archaeological inquiries and possibilities, and how, in turn, archaeological imaginations may help to enhance anthropological understandings of materiality.  Prior familiarity with archaeological literature is advisable but not required. .François Richard. Tues. 10:30-1:20

50620.  Reading Foucault. François Richard. Wed 2:00-4:50.

51305.  Illness and Subjectivity (=CHDV 43302). While anthropology and other social sciences have long explored the social and cultural shaping of the self and personhood, many scholars have recently employed the rubric of “subjectivity” to articulate the links between collective phenomena and the subjective lives of individuals. This graduate seminar will examine “subjectivity”—and related concepts—focusing on topics where such ideas have been particularly fruitful: illness, pathology and suffering.  We will critically examine the terms “self,” “personhood” and “subjectivity”—and their relationship to one another. Additional literatures and topics covered may include: illness and narrative; healing and the self; personhood and new medical technologies. E. Raikhel. Wed 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.  Susan Gal. Tues. 1:30-4:20.

52210.  Archaeological Research Design. This a practicum course for archaeology graduate students (typically in their third or fourth year) to prepare the dissertation research proposal and dissertation grant applications.  The focus of the course will be the intellectual as well as the pragmatic issues involved in developing a strong archaeological research design.  Issues related to professional development will also be incorporated.  Steady work on proposal writing is expected.  Most of the required work will consist of weekly writing and critique exercises.  Shannon Dawdy.  Fri, 9:00-11:50.

54820.  Post-Nature.  Joseph Masco. Tues 1:30-4:20.

 58515.  Style.  Alice Yao. Thurs 3:00-5:50.