Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Winter 2012

20701-20702. Introduction to African Civilization I, II. (=AFAM 20701-20702, CHDV 21401 [20702], HIST 10101-10102, SOSC 22500-22600) Completion of the general education requirement in social sciences recommended. Taking these courses in sequence is recommended but not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. This year the African Civilization Sequence focuses primarily on the colonial encounter, with some attention, in the second quarter, to everyday life in the contemporary period. The first quarter focuses on West, North, and Central Africa. The second quarter focuses on Eastern and Southern Africa, including Madagascar. We explore various aspects of how the colonial encounter transformed local societies, even as indigenous African social structures profoundly molded and shaped these diverse processes. Topics include the institution of colonial rule, independence movements, ethnicity and interethnic violence, ritual and the body, love, marriage, money, and popular culture. E. Osborn, Autumn; J. Cole, Winter. MonWed 1:30-2:50. 

21111.  Classical Readings: Kinship: What Makes a Relative? Kinship has been one of anthropology’s historically most productive topics, and the field has been reinvigorated in the past twenty years by a surge of exciting new ethnographic work on contemporary topics such as genomics, transnational adoption, new reproductive technologies, and lesbian/gay kinship. Simultaneously classical and cutting edge, the topic of kinship allows one to think through a host of implicated domains, from socio-political organization to property, commerce to health, gender to language, ethnicity and race to science and technology. This course covers from early moments in the establishment of kinship as an anthropological topic (Maine, Morgan, Rivers) to a sampling of contemporary studies. We maintain only the loosest of chronological sequencing, following instead a topical path that highlights the conceptual relationship of these different approaches, and their mutual critiques of one another. We track how anthropologists have followed out mundane matters of kinship to higher order theories of political order, social cohesion, humanity’s evolution, nature and culture, territoriality, intercultural commensurability, and social inequality. We also ask what the theories themselves are for and what they do—what kinds of political, analytical, methodological, or practical achievements are opened up or closed off by approaching kinship in one manner rather than another? Particularly important in this 21st century age of genomics will be our decentering of “blood” as the master key to kinship, and our demonstration that anthropological kinship thinking has identified alternatives and augmentations to blood from more or less its beginning. A.J. Leslie.  TuTh 12:00 Noon -1:20

 21303.  Making the Natural World: Foundations of Human Ecology (=ENST 21301). Required of all ENST majors.  In this course we consider the conceptual underpinnings of contemporary Western notions of ecology, environment, and balance, and also examine several specific historical trajectories of anthropogenic landscape change.  We approach these issues from the vantage of several different disciplinary traditions including environmental history, philosophy, ecological anthropology, and paleoecology.  M. Lycett. MonWed 1:30-2:50

21406/383. The Practice of Anthropology: 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. R. Tuttle. TuTh 9:00-10:20

21606.  Reading Ethnographies: Embodied Experience. Both ethnographers and their ethnographic subjects generally inhabit physical bodies. But although embodied experience remains a category central to understanding human engagement in the world, embodiment is also a slippery object for empirical examination. In this course, we focus on ethnographic investigations of embodied experience in order to: 1) denaturalize “the body” as a universal object and situate embodied life within history, culture, and physical space, and 2) think critically about the methodologies used to take embodiment as an anthropological object. We will also read selections of influential philosophical texts. Over the course of the quarter, students will develop tools to formulate their own original research paper, informed by the wide variety of methodologies we will examine in the featured texts. Course readings focus on: the intersections of food practices, desire, politics and history; locally and historically situated modalities of embodiment; medicine, depression, and bodily experience; kinship, space, place, and language; and everyday engagements with commoditization and social change.  K. Goldfarb. MonWed Noon-1:20

22530.  Ethnographic Film. This seminar explores ethnographic film as a genre for representing “reality,” anthropological knowledge and cultural lives.  We will examine how ethnographic film emerged in a particular intellectual and political economic context as well as how subsequent conceptual and formal innovations have shaped the genre.  We will also consider social responses to ethnographic film in terms of 1) the contexts for producing and circulating these works, 2) the ethical and political concerns raised by cross-cultural representation and 3) the development of indigenous media and other practices in conversation with ethnographic film.  Throughout the course, we will situate ethnographic film within the larger project for representing “culture,” addressing the status of ethnographic film in relation to other documentary practices including written ethnography, museum exhibitions and documentary film. Julie Chu. Tues 3:00-5:50

22606/33106.  Indigenieties. Depending on how you look at it, questions of indigeneity – the who, how, what, and why of peoples that either identify, or are identified, as “native” – are questions that at once transcend, entail, and/or are produced by Euro-American scholarly, political and legal inquiry. Whether assailed as the product of colonial orientalism or celebrated as the ur-subjectivity of those who resist it (or something in between), the claims of, to, and about indigeneity continue to excite and demand attention scholarly and political. Indeed some argue that politics of indigeneity have gained unique traction in recent decades, as indigenous actors, scholars and their advocates have pressed for changes to legal, political and cultural/scientific regimes that have indigenous affairs as their chief objects of inquiry. One need only consider the 2007 passage of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the legal decisions acknowledging the force of native title in the Supreme Courts of Australia and Canada, and even the changes in various regimes of research  concerning the social scientific study of native peoples and/or the representation of their material culture, all of which happened less than 20 years ago.

          Despite these long-standing interests and recent social, political and economic gains, indigenous communities remain among the most vulnerable in the world. These trenchant inequalities beg the question, how does the condition of indigeneity relate to the various social forces shaping the world today, and to the lived experiences of those who claim to be, or get named as, indigenous. It is towards an exploration of this question that this course is dedicated. Among the lines of inquiry that we will pursue in the course are: 1) tracing the genealogies of indigeneity as a notion, both in Euro-American human sciences and in other epistemological traditions; 2) considering the role that notions of indigeneity play in contemporary national and international political regimes ;3) exploring how indigeneity is claimed or disclaimed, by different peoples around the world, and why; and 4) considering the ways in which notions of indigeneity are being figured in new regimes of possession and commodification, including intellectual property, genetics and genome mapping, and the role of indigenous knowledge in resource extraction and bioprospecting.

          In pursuing these questions this course will endeavor to tease out the manifold relationships that the rising politics of indigeneity at the dawn of the 21st century has to other global political economic phenomena.  Simultaneously, the course will also attend to the ways in which different peoples, caught up in different sociopolitical milieu, orient to the notion of indigeneity as it articulates with their lived experiences with matters of autochthony (the state of being “from here”), allocthony (being “from elsewhere”) and the consequences of those distinctions to their everyday lives.

Students will be graded on classroom participation, response papers, and a final paper.  Justin Richland.  Wed 9:30-12:20

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.  Winter: Mauricio Tenorio. MWF 1:30-2:20.

23909.  Producing Home: The Re-Making of Place and Space in Diaspora (CHDV 23909).  At its heart, migration involves transformations in space and place. The very act of migration involves displacement and the traversing of space, and it is through a variety of spatial and place-making practices that migrants are re-emplaced in new locales. Such practices may be undertaken by both migrants and receiving states; they range from the creation of neighborhoods populated with structures of support relevant to specific migrant populations, to the collective sharing of narratives about remembered places, and attempts to make one’s home in diaspora reflect the one left behind. Such practices have a range of effects. For instance, they may enable migrants to reproduce remembered places and ways of being in a new landscape in symbolic and material ways, allowing them to create a sense of home; they may transform urban spaces and create new ones; and they may produce new immigrant subjectivities that are informed by the spatial and sociopolitical conditions of their new home. We will draw on a range of ethnographic material to explore these and other possibilities through the lens of theories on the production of space and place.  Gayathri Embuldeniya. Thurs 10:30-1:20

24001-24002-24003. Colonizations I, II, III (=SOSC 24002-24002-24003, CRPC 24001-24002-24003; HIST 18301-18302-18303) 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.  Colonizations 2. Julie Chu, TuTh 10:30-11:20.

24101-24102. Introduction to the Civilization of South Asia, I, II (= SALC 20100-20200, HIST 10800-10900, SASC 2000-20100, SOSC 23000-23100).  Must be taken in sequence.  This course meets the general education requirement in civilization 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.  Muzaffer Alam. MW 1:30-2:50.

24510-11/ 34501-02.  The Anthropology of Museums I, II (=SOSC 34500-01, MAPS 34500-01, CHDV 34501-02).  Using anthropological theories and methodology as a conceptual framework, this seminar will explore the organizational and ideological aspects of museum culture(s).  The course includes visits to museums with guest museum professionals as guides into the culture of museums.  The seminar continues in the Spring quarter, when students will conduct ethnographic fieldwork in a Chicago-area museum.  (NOTE: Winter quarter is a prerequisite for participation in Spring Quarter.) M. Fred. Wed 3:00-5:50 pm.

25115.  Magic in the Market. This class explores cross-cultural interplay between magic, broadly speaking, and the market. Market in capitalism has regularly been attributed spectral, mystical, fantastic, uncanny, and effervescent properties while the globalized faith in the markets has produced an array of highly efficacious enchantments. The class begins by rereading classic texts on magic in the context of ritualized exchange and then proceeds to examine some thoroughly modern and postmodern examples of the occult. Reading on the occult economies, economistic optimism of the development industry, promissory bioscientific enterprises, the spirits of financial and venture capital, and the emergent forms of new-age healing and biomedical innovation, the course will interrogate political and economic potentials of the continued relevance of magic in the domain of social practice and lived experience.  Larisa Jasarevic. TuTh 4:30-5:50

25125/35125. Emotions and Culture: Paradigms of Empirical and Theoretical Analysis (=SOCI 20203/30203) The sociology of emotions is of increasing interest to contemporary societies. We believe now that even intelligence is dependent on emotions, and we find, in a variety of settings, that emotions and emitional energy directly influence situational and organization outcomes. The course gives an overview of the current state of the analysis of emotions in social science fields. Students will be asked to read, analyze and discuss major works in the in the social studies of emotions in class, and to think about ways to apply emotional concepts in future research. Particular attention will go to analyzing the challenges for theorization and empirical specification.  K. Knorr Cetina.Mon. 12:30-3:20

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

25908/35908.  Balkan Folklore (=SOSL 26800/36800, NEHC 20568/30568, CMLT 23301/33301, ISHU 27408). This course is an overview of Balkan folklore from ethnographic, anthropological, historical/political, and performative perspectives. We become acquainted with folk tales, lyric and epic songs, music, and dance. The work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, who developed their theory of oral composition through work among epic singers in the Balkans, help us understand folk tradition as a dynamic process. We also consider the function of different folklore genres in the imagining and maintenance of community and the socialization of the individual. We also experience this living tradition first hand through our visit to the classes and rehearsals of the Chicago-based ensemble “Balkanske igre.” Angelina Ilieva. TuTh 12-1:20.

26505/46505. Non-Industrial Agriculture (=ENST 26505).  Agriculture is, fundamentally, a human manipulation of the environment, a deliberately maintained sucessional state designed to serve human needs and desires. In this course, we use the history of non-industrial agriculture to think through some contemporary concerns about environmental change and the sources of our food – including topics such as genetically  modified plants, fertilizers, sustainability, and invasive species.  Beginning with the origins of agriculture in the early Holocene, we examine several forms of so-called “traditional” agriculture in the tropics and elsewhere, from swidden to intensive cropping.  While the course is framed in terms of contemporary concerns, our focus is primarily historical and ethnographic, focusing on the experiences of agriculturalists over the last ten thousand years, including non-industrial farmers today. Students will be expected to produce and present a research paper.  Kathleen Morrison. TuTh 9:00-10:20.

26625/36625. New Approaches to Old Stones: Chipped and Ground Stone Analysis (=NEAA 20027/30027). Artifacts of stone represent the earliest evidence of human material culture, and form a continuous material link to our earliest tool producing and using ancestors.  Stone artifacts and the debris from their manufacture resist weathering and decay, producing an abundance of archaeological material for study, sometimes in overwhelmingly large quantities.  This course is designed to explore the range of analytical methods and interpretive perspectives applied to the study ancient stone artifacts.  We will approach this as an integrated course that incorporates practical and theoretical aspects of understanding lithic technology.  The course emphasizes the manufacturing processes, raw materials, and the different typological, functional, contextual and cognitive approaches to analysis of chipped and ground stone assemblages. Yorke Rowan. ARR.

26710-26711/36710-36711. Ancient Landscapes I, II (=NEAA 20061-20062/30061-30062; GEOG 25700-25800/35700/35800).  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 class provides and 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.  S. Branting. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

 26711/36711.  Ancient Landscapes-2 (=NEAA 20062/30062; GEOG 25800/35800; ANST 22601). (PQ: Ancient Landscapes I or the consent of the instructor.) This course follows on from Ancient Landscapes I, taught last quarter. The sequence is designed to expose you to both numerous spatial theories underlying Landscape Archaeology as well as to the methodologies and tools used to collect and analyze spatial data within the landscape. They are relevant to anyone who may need to conduct an archaeological survey one day or who wishes to analyze the locations of archaeological data, or in textual data, within their spatial contexts.  As with the first course, this one is comprised of both a classroom and a laboratory component.  Additional laboratory exercises during this second quarter will allow you to get hands on experience in areas such as Spatial Statistics, Simulation and Virtual Reality modeling.  In addition a large portion of the class will revolve around working individually or in small groups on the actual implementation of some of the projects you designed during Ancient Landscapes I. Scott Branting. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

27140.  Sem: Classics in Mass Media.  Michael Silverstein.  9:30-11:20 Wed, 9:30-10:20 Fri

27205.  Anthropology of Language (=CHDV 20206, GNDR 20206, LING 20206).  The course is about how language both shapes our social relationships and is shaped by them. It covers basic linguistic concepts in the study of language (such as phoneme, morpheme, syntax), but it focuses on the concepts and methods that anthropologists and philosophers have devised to understand the often overlooked or misunderstood role that language plays in our day-to-day lives. The course provides an introduction to the history of linguistic anthropology and to the differences between “structuralist” and “post-structuralist” understandings of language. It concludes with an extended consideration of hate speech: what it is, what is does and how it might best be contested. Don Kulick. TuTh 9:00-10:20

27400/37400.  Language, Power, and Identity in Southeastern Europe: A Linguistics View of the Balkan Crisis (=SLAV 23000/33000, HUMA 27400, LING 27200/37200). Language is a key issue in the articulation of ethnicity and the struggle for power in Southeastern Europe. This course familiarizes students with the linguistic histories and structures that have served as bases for the formation of modern Balkan ethnic identities that are being manipulated to shape current and future events. The course is informed by the instructor's thirty years of linguistic research in the Balkans as well as his experience as an adviser for the United Nations Protection Forces in Former Yugoslavia and as a consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Crisis Group, and other organizations. Course content may vary in response to on-going current events.  V. Friedman. TuTh 10:30-11:50

27605.  Language, Culture and Thought (=Anth 37605, CHDV 21901/31901, Psyc 21950/31900).  This is a survey course exploring the role of natural language in shaping human thought.  The topic will be taken up at three levels:  semiotic-evolutionary (the role of natural language in enabling distinctively human forms of thinking – the rise of true concepts and self-consciousness), structural-comparative (the role of specific language codes in shaping habitual thought – the “linguistic relativity” of experience), and functional-discursive (the role of specialized discursive practices and linguistic ideologies in cultivating specialized forms of thought – the pragmatics, politics, and aesthetics of reason and expression).  Readings will be drawn from many disciplines but will emphasize developmental, cultural and critical approaches.  John Lucy. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

27700/47900.  Romani Language and Linguistics (=EEUR 2100/3100, LGLN 27800/37800).   This is a beginning course on the language of the Roms (Gypsies) that is based on the Arli dialect currently in official use in the Republic of Macedonia, with attention also given to dialects of Europe and the United States.  An introduction to Romani linguistic history is followed by an outline of Romani grammar based on Macedonian Arli, which serves as the basis of comparison with other dialects.  We then read authentic texts and discuss questions of grammar, standardization, and Romani language in society.                           V. Friedman. TuTh 3:00-4:20

28400/38800.  Bioarchaeology and the Human Skeleton (=BIOS 23247). This course is designed to provide students in archaeology with a thorough understanding of bioarchaeological and osteological methods used in the interpretation of prehistoric societies.  The integration of archaeology and human biology has been an especially dynamic part of anthropological endeavors during the past few decades, giving archaeologists important data on the genetic identity, health, and diet of ancient societies.  When combined with contextual data on mortuary treatment and cemetery structure, bioarchaeology forms a critical part of the technical arsenal of modern archaeologists.  The goal of this course will be to introduce students to bioarchaeological methods and theory.  In particular, laboratory instruction will stress hands-on experience in analyzing the human skeleton.  Seminar classes will emphasize bioanthropological theory and its application to specific cases throughout the world. There will be one laboratory class and one seminar-format class per week.  M.C. Lozada.  TuTh 1:30-3:20   BSLC 402.  

28410/38810.  Zooarchaeology (NEAA 20035/30035). PQ: Any introductory course in archaeology. This course provides undergraduates and graduate students with an introduction to the use of animal bones in archaeological research. Students will gain hands-on experience analyzing faunal remains from an archaeological site in the Near East. The class will also address some of the major theoretical and methodological issues involved in the use of animal bones as a source of information about prehistoric societies.  The course will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, and original research projects using collections of animal bone from the archaeological excavations at Hacnebi, Turkey. Topics to be covered include: 1) identifying, ageing and sexing animal bones;  2) zooarchaeological sampling, measurement, quantification, and problems of taphonomy; 3) computer analysis of animal bone data; 4) reconstructing prehistoric hunting and pastoral economies, especially: animal domestication,  hunting strategies, herding systems, seasonality, and pastoral production in complex societies. G.Stein. TuTh 12:00-1:20 pm

29500/59500.  Archaeology Lab Practicum (=MAPS 39500). In this hands-on course, you will learn how to identify 19th and 20th–century artifacts from the Charnley-Persky House, a Louis Sullivan-designed home that was completed in 1892.  The items are American, British, French, Japanese, and
Chinese, and represent a broad range of materials from the daily lives of the inhabitants of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, and their analysis will allow students to develop skills useful for museum, laboratory, and/or archaeological settings.  Students will be exposed to various stages of artifact processing including: washing, sorting, identification, data entry, analysis, report preparation and curation.  Students must be willing to commit to a minimum of 8 hours of lab work per week, with tasks assigned according to immediate project needs.  Rebecca Graff. Arr.

29910.  BA Essay Seminar. (Limited to students writing BA papers in Anthropology). We will address three key issues in this seminar. First, we will focus on formulating a viable and provocative research problem that can be addressed in a 40-50 page paper. Second, we will discuss some key research techniques necessary for this endeavor, paying particular attention to the relationship between questions and evidence. Finally, third, we will consider the writing process (including aspects such as outlining, planning, and drafting) and modes of argumentation.  Tatiana Chudakova.  Mon  3:00-5:50.

 34201-34202.  Development of Social Cultural Theory-2: The Making of Modern Anthropology. PQ: Open only to first year graduate students in the Anthropology Department. The second part of “Systems” explores the interplay of theory and ethnography, professional practice and historical context, in the development of anthropology as a modernist and postmodern discipline.  Rather than offer an overview of contemporary theoretical and methodological discourses, we shall examine, in critical depth, several of the major orientations that have shaped the history of Anglo-American anthropology this century.  In so doing, we shall be concerned with (i) the historical roots and philosophical foundations of particular perspectives and (ii) their significance for modern theoretical concerns and critical discourses in the social sciences at large.  J. Farquhar/S. Gal.  TuTh 1:30-4:20.

37202. Language in Culture II (LING 3120, Psych 47002).  Must be taken in sequence.  This is the second part of a two-quarter sequence on the place of language in social life. Building on the first quarter’s discussions of the interactional order, this class explores the role of meta-semiotic practices in the social life of the signs to which they are oriented.  We will be particularly interested in processes of mediation and institutionalization as they shape forms of social relations and the pragmatics of social interaction. The more general aim of the course is to investigate the constitutive role of semiosis in social and political forms.

          We start with the concepts of “ideology”—from the Enlightenment concept of the Idéologues to Marxist and post-Marxist notions of ideology—and “language ideology”—as developed in contemporary linguistic anthropology. Critically interrogating these concepts—in particular, asking what are the implicit semiotic assumptions that make them able to do analytic and critical work—we ask what are the possible uses and utilities of ideology in the investigation of the social life of language, and of language ideology in the investigation of social life more generally.  In this part of the course we give particular attention to empirical materials and their discussion from linguistic anthropology and variationalist sociolinguistics.

          We then trace a particular historical trajectory of language ideology from Enlightenment thought onwards, looking at the various kinds of theories of language that circulated in 17th century Europe and the ways that such theories of language presupposed particular models of modern subjectivity, human nature, sociality, and governance. We trace out the entailments of these language ideologies in a number of social projects which presuppose and institutionalize these ideological formations, and thereby have set the conditions on future social interactions and social inequalities: universal and philosophical languages, language reform and standardization movements, disciplinary formations (comparative philology, modern formalist linguistics), and (sub-)nationalist projects.

          In the final part of the course, with the backdrop of this historical genealogy, we investigate a number of critical topics in contemporary social and linguistic theory: the notion of publics and the public sphere, speech and language communities, the “imagined” community, and the role of media(tion) in social process. We give particular attention to the notion of media process, looking at the role of circulation in social and political life, mediatization and commodity registers, and the semiotics of branded forms. We conclude with a re-evaluation of language ideology and dialectics of indexicality in social process.  C. Nakassis. TuTh 3:00-4:20

40805.  New Perspectives on Vulnerability (=CHDV 41160). Vulnerability is undergoing re-evaluation in philosophy, the social sciences and the humanities. From having been perceived as a condition from which subjects should be defended, rescued or liberated, vulnerability has increasingly come to be theorized as a position and experience that confronts us with the limits of understanding, empathy, morality and theory. This course will read work that attempts to engage with vulnerability not so much as something to be overcome, but, rather, as a challenge that can guide us towards new ways of thinking about political life and engaging with the world. Course literature includes Giorgio Agamben’s work on “bare life”,  Judith Butler’s writing on precarious life, Jacques Derrida’s writings on animals, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s book on staring, Martha Nussbaum’s book on “frontiers of justice” and Bryan Turner’s work on vulnerability and human rights.  Don Kulick. Thurs 1:30-4:20.

42420.  The Monstrous and the Demonic (=HREL 47500).  Bruce Lincoln. TuTh 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. K. Knorr Cetina.  Tues 9:00-11:50 am

45600.  When Cultures Collide (=CHDV 45600, HMRT 35600, PSYC 45300, GNDR 45600, CRPC 45600). 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.  R. Shweder.  Tues 9:30-11:50

50705.  Capital and Biocapital.  This course will explore some recent work on the political economy of the life sciences, exploring what myself and others have called biocapital. But it will do so through a reading of Marx. It will, therefore, be a course in two parts. The first half of the course will involve reading sections of the later Marx (probably some combination of The Grundrisse and Capital). The second half will involve reading various contemporary works on biocapital, in what Stefan Helmreich has referred to as “Weberian-Marxist” and “Marxist-feminist” veins. The course is open to graduate students, and, in exceptional cases, to advanced undergraduates who have a compelling reason to take the course. Undergraduates interested in doing so need to discuss this with me first.  Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Wed. 12:30-3:20.

50720.  Knowledge/Value: Life Sciences and Information Sciences.  (PQ: Preference to those for whom the course is most relevant.) This course broadly interrogates conceptual and empirical linkages between epistemology and value. It works on the assumption that we are at a historical moment when epistemology, value and the nature of their articulation are all emergent and at stake. The course is closely coupled to a workshop on “Knowledge / Value” that will be held at the end of spring quarter, which will be a broad consideration of the nature of the fact / value distinction in the context of technoscience, law and finance. Students taking this course will be expected to actively participate in the workshop. Readings will be related to the workshop, but will also include other texts that are foundational in considering questions of Knowledge / Value. Since this course is closely coupled to the workshop, enrollment is limited to 12 students, and is not open to undergraduates. I would strongly suggest enrolling in this course only if it is relevant to dissertation research interests.  Kaushik Sunder Rajan  (The above is last Spring’s description, I think the topic has changed and there will be a new description.)

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.

51920. Enigma of the Network. So much has been written about networks, especially since the advent of the Internet, that it is difficult to know how and where to begin specifying the term. Responding to these circumstances, Bruno Latour writes that “the word network is so ambiguous that we should have abandoned it long ago.” Far from abandoning it we have embraced it, and with such vigor that everything and everyone seems to be part of a network. This has rendered the network even more indeterminate while amplifying the enigma of its putatively positive and negative capacities. Some current notions of the network suggest that it is the contemporary fundamental social form, others specify it as a cooperative arrangement of human and non-human actors dispersed in space and time and enabled through electronic communication technologies. The network has come to be an organizational imperative, a paradigm of emergence, and an inherent emergent paradigm. This course will explore several different iterations of the network through close readings of texts that celebrate, critique, expand, and think the network. Special attention will be paid to neo-materialist conceptions of the network that problematize its representational register.  Michael Fisch. Wed. 1:30-4:20.

55710.  Theorizing Secularism.  Hussein Agrama. Tues 1:30-4:20.

55720.  Provocations of an Anthropology of Ethics.  Hussein Agrama.  Wed 1:30-4:20