Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Winter 2014

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.  K. McHarry, Winter. MonWed 1:30-2:50. 

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

21319.  Good to Think With; Good to Live With; Good to Eat: The Anthropology of Human-Animal Relations. In many cultures a great deal of emphasis is placed on interactions with non-human animals or through interactions with other humans about animals. Animals play such an important role in societal issues as far ranging as diet, ideology, identity, and social development, to name but a few. From its very origins as a discipline anthropology has interrogated human-animal interactions. This course will review some of the classic examples of thinking about animals within anthropology in order to move on to current debates about animals that are becoming increasingly significant with the growing popularity of environmental anthropology and multispecies ethnography. This course will enable students to contribute to arguments about classification, animal rights, biotechnology, companion species and the future of “multispecies ethnography” as an area of anthropological inquiry. While this course is squarely within the theoretical boundaries of anthropology, students will also engage with texts from political philosophy, literature, and history as we address a multitude of issues relating to animals – whether they are good to think with, good to live with, or just good to eat.  Jessica Robinson, MonWed 12:00-1:20

21321. The Anthropology of Democracy. From protest crowds around the world to participatory budget meetings around the corner, democratic projects appear to be emerging in diverse corners of the globe.  And yet, the diversity of political and social practices that are called democratic demands that we explore what we mean by democracy.  This course explores democracy from an anthropological perspective, and considers projects that treat democracy as descriptive (analyzing existing political systems), aspirational (democracy as a horizon of ideal politics) and discursive/historical (the circulation of democracy as a historically-determined global project).  In this course we will read texts that operate in and between these paradigms as we explore the political and ethical stakes involved in different approaches to democracy.  J. Sosa, MW 3:00-4:20

21406. Celebrity & 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. MW 2:30-3:50

22710/41810.  Signs of the State. Science and Technology Studies have led us to new questions about knowledge and power.  This course reconsiders the history of semiotic technologies, from Sanskrit to iphones, with special attention to changing conditions of possibility for the state.  Which semiotic technologies enable new kinds of state institutions (such as Althusser’s “ideological state apparatuses,” or, Weber’s “legal/rational order”) and which can undermine state monopolies and hegemonies?  While a primary goal of the course is quest for perspective on the implications of the internet for potentialities of sovereign power, the course does not limit itself to recent developments.  We consider the implications of advancing printing technologies for renaissance, enlightenment and liberal revolution in 15th-19th century Europe (especially by way of Bakhtin, Febvre and Martin, and Darnton) and also, we consider relations of changing semiotic technologies to changing early historic states before print and capitalism, comparing the graphic formalization of literary Sinitic, the shi, the archive and the (strong) state in China to the grammars for Sanskrit, the brahmins, monasteries, and the (weak) state in South Asia.  Following Weber to study means and forces of coercion and of communication as well as means and forces of production, this course is intended to complement study of “language ideology” and to pose new questions about the politics of sign circulation.  Further readings include Latour, Lessig and Patanjali. J. Kelly. TuTh 1:30-2:50

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.  TuTh  9:00-10:20.

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.  Spring 2014 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.  Winter 2014 Quarter focuses on the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the challenges of economic, political, and social development in the region.  Winter: Brodwyn Fischer. MWF 1:30-2:20.

23620/33620. Medicine and Anthropology. The rise of modern biological medicine into global dominance dates from the 18th century, with the field developing in tandem with technological industrialization, scientific objectivism, and secular modernism in writing and social theory.  The things we now have before us in the medical field – doctors, patients, drugs, symptoms, diseases, pacemakers, antiseptic wipes, psychologies, therapeutic protocols, health insurance, white coats, immunizations, folk remedies, and much more – are many of the things that ground all of our ethics and our politics in contemporary North America.  In order to better understand how medicine affects wider worlds of experience and action, this course gathers a number of historical and ethnographic studies of medical knowledge and practice for careful study.    In a series of readings and discussions we will consider the social and political economic shaping of illness and suffering and the “culture-bound” character of diseases; we will examine medical and healing systems – well beyond biomedicine – as social institutions and as sources of epistemological authority; and we will read about the knowledge politics of medical experts and their clients and patients. Topics covered will also include the problem of belief; local theories of disease causation and healing efficacy; the placebo effect and contextual healing; theories of embodiment; medicalization; modernity and the distribution of risk; the meanings and effects of medical technologies; and the relatively recent global health movement.  Judith Farquhar, TuTh 3:00-4:20.

23906. Magic, Science, and Religion (RLST 28900). A critical examination of anthropological approaches to the analytic categories “magic,” “science,” and “religion” from the discipline’s evolutionist beginnings to contemporary research. Alireza Doostdar.  TuTh 12:00-1:20

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-1, Stephan Palmie, TuTh 12:00-1:20, Colonizations 2. K. Morrison MW 9:30-11:50, Julie Chu TuTh 12:00-1:20.

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.

24307/34307. History and Anthropology of Medicine and the Life Sciences. This course examines the ways in which different groups of people – in different times and places – have understood the nature of life and living things, health and disease, and bodies and bodily processes, among other idea.  We will address these issues principally – though not exclusively – through the changing sets of methods and practices commonly comprising science and medicine.  As we work, we will pay close attention to the methods through which scholars in history and anthropology have written about these topics, and how current scientific practice impacts historical and anthropological studies of science. Michael Rossi. Thurs 3:00-6:00

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. Tues 3:00-5:50 pm.

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. Tues 9:00-11:50

25148/35125.  Israel in Film and Ethnography (=MAPS 34148, NELC 25148/35148, CMES 35148, JWSC 25148). 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.  Thurs. 3:00-5:50

ANTH 25240  An International Migrants Bill of Rights: Theory and Practice  (HMRT 22001). Migrants are often excluded from many of the rights and benefits of membership in the societies where they live. In recent years, a group of advocates has developed an International Migrants Bill of Rights with the goal of consolidating the normative instruments that apply to all migrants, regardless of their status or grounds for admission. This course seeks to engage their efforts by using this “soft law” document as a prism through which to examine the challenges facing today’s migrant workers, refugees, and their families, as well as the possibilities for improving their lives. Each class will explore the implications of a rights category, as articulated within the IMBR, by examining its conceptual genealogy with reference to relevant works of social, legal, and political theory, as well as empirical studies in the social sciences. Class discussion will encourage critical inquiry of human rights as a theoretical and practical framework for addressing problems of structural inequality and exclusion within a global context of growing socioeconomic inequality and extra-judicial law enforcement. Lisa Simeone, TuTh 10:30-11:50

25310 Drinking Alcohol: Social Problem or Normal Cultural Practice? (=BPRO 22800, BIOS 02280)  PQ 3rd or 4th year standing. Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive agent in the world and, as archaeologists have recently demonstrated, it has a very long history dating back at least 9,000 years.  This course will explore the issue of alcohol and drinking from a trans-disciplinary perspective.  It will be co-taught by an anthropologist/archaeologist with experience in alcohol research and a neurobiologist who has experience with addiction research.  Students will be confronted with literature on alcohol research from anthropology, sociology, history, biology, medicine, psychology, and public health and asked to think through the conflicts and contradictions.  Selected case studies will be used to focus the discussion of broader theoretical concepts and competing perspectives introduced in the first part of the course.
           Topics for lectures and discussion include: What is alcohol? chemical definition, cultural forms, production processes, biological effects; The early history of alcohol: archaeological studies; Histories of drinking in ancient, medieval, and modern times; Alcohol and the political economy: trade, politics, regulation, resistance; Alcohol as a cultural artifact: the social roles of drinking; Styles of drinking and intoxication; Alcohol, addiction, and social problems: the interplay of biology, culture, and society; Alcohol and religion: integration vs. prohibition; Alcohol and health benefits: ancient beliefs and modern scientific research; Comparative case studies of drinking: ethnographic examples, historical examples, contemporary America (including student drinking). M. Dietler, William Green (BSD). TuTh 1:30-2:50.
 

25908/35908.  Balkan Folklore (=SOSL 26800/36800, NEHC 20568/30568, CMLT 23301/33301). 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 10:30-11:50

26320/36320. Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies (=LACS 26320/36320). German stoneware bottles, Venetian glass beads, Chinese porcelain, Chilean redwares… all these are examples of traveling artifacts that, as early as the 16th century, took an active part in the Spanish colonization of the New World. On Spanish colonial sites, these evidences of long-distance exchange often merged with local material cultures, entering processes of hybridization and creolization that can be observed in the archaeological record. This course proposes an archaeologically-based approach to typical assemblages of Spanish colonial artifacts in the Americas and the Caribbean, and describes the main issues related to their identification, interpretation, conservation and display. Felipe Gaitan-Ammann. MW 10:20-11:50.

26325/36325.  Archaeologies of Slavery in the New World (=LACS 26325/36325, CRES 26325). In the last few decades, the archaeology of slavery has passed from being a virtually non-existing  field of inquiry to being recognized as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing areas in archaeological research. In particular, at least since the late 1960s, the study of enslaved African-American communities in what came to be the United States, has become one of the most visible and socially relevant avenues of research in contemporary historical archaeology. Following this essentially North American impulse, archaeologies of slavery in modern times have started to emerge throughout the Atlantic world and Latin America, inspiring richly textured narratives through which many Afro-descendant communities have had the possibility to build intimate and empowering connections with their own past. This course will look into both classic and current literature on the anthropology of slavery in order to set the basis for a critical understanding of the development of  the archaeology of slavery in the New World. Students are invited to discover a wide array of case studies describing different aspects of social life in slave societies, from an initial focus on the living conditions on plantation sites, to later interests in the processes of consolidation of Afro-descendant identities in Latin America. Moving beyond stereotypical discussions of dominance and resistance, this course will motivate students to read between the lines of archaeological praxis, identifying both the achievements and the current challenges faced by those investigating the problem of slavery in the recent past. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to highlight the role of archaeology as a potent instrument of remembrance of traumatic pasts: how, by whom, and for whom is the painful experience of enslavement remembered in the present? Felipe Gaitan-Ammann, TuTh 9:00-10:20.

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.

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.

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

28420/48710. Death, the Body, and the Ends of Life.  Is death a universal and natural condition? Is life necessarily its opposite? Anthropologists have sought to problematize the biological and psychological ‘reality’ of death by drawing out the conditional ways death is constructed and experienced across different cultural contexts. These range from ‘normal’ deaths to the unconventional (e.g. sorcery killings and human sacrifice) and even virtual deaths. How might these culturally specific accounts be open to comparison and influence new conceptualizations? This course will explore this wide-ranging literature to foreground how death puts self, personhood, and the social into question while engaging the body or corpse as a site of this cultural (re)production. A focus of the course is to seek out a possible productive tension between death as a form of cultural representation to those that analyze the making and allowing of life and death. Tracing classic to recent ethnographic, archaeological, psychological writings, this course will explore themes such as grief and mourning, the undead, immortality, disposals and funerals, and the materiality of dying.   Alice Yao. Fri 9:30-12:20

29500/59500.  Archaeology Lab Practicum  (PQ Only w/ Consent of Instructor) This is a hands-on lab practicum course in which students will be exposed to various stages of artifact processing on a collection from a recently excavated site, including: washing, sorting, flotation, identification, data entry, analysis, report preparation and curation.  The primary requirement is that students commit to a minimum of 9 hours of lab work per week, with tasks assigned according to immediate project needs.  In addition, undergraduates will be required to submit a final writing assignment researching one artifact (or group of related artifacts) while graduate students will be required to make a specific contribution to the project report, as assigned by the instructor. S. Dawdy, 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.  Gabriel Tusinski.  Mon  4:30-7:30.

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 workings of the “interaction order” -- seen to be a micro-sociological node in the dialectical interplay of semiotic forces -- this quarter’s class turns more explicitly to “macro-” discursive process in the semiotic mediation of sociocultural life. Beginning with the concept of language ideology as an example of reflexive discursive practice, the class explores the constitution of social institutions such as academic disciplines (e.g., "linguistics"), nations, and (post)colonial projects. The second half of the class focuses on how inter-discursive processes come to mediate, and materialize, institutional forms, focusing in particular on forms of personhood, identity, and subjectivity; community; space; and mass-media objects. The more general aim of this quarter is to investigate the constitutive role of language and semiotic figuration in sociopolitical processes, and to see such cultural forms through a semiotic lens.                                                                                                                                                                  The course is divided into two general parts, both of which focus on questions of indexicality and interdiscursivity. The first focuses on the sign­–metasign relation vis-à-vis the question of ideology. 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. We then trace a particular interdiscursive 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 second part of the course, we foreground questions of scale and interdiscursivity, focusing on how metasemiotic discourses and practices—viz., “ideology”—come to materialize particular social forms and institutions through their unfolding in interdiscursive time-space. In particular, we focus on questions of community, identity and subjectivity, materiality and documentation, and mass mediation. Through these case studies we tease out the (meta)semiotic form and function of indexicality across, and thus also in, events of semiosis.   C. Nakassis.  WedFri 10:30-12:20

41902. Public, Life: Mimetic Contagion between Self-Making and Mass Publicity (=ENGL 47111). How can we begin to theorize the connections between the most intimate practices of self-making and the most impersonal currents of mass publicity? This seminar explores the relation between inner and outer worlds through figures of mimesis, contagion, mediation, and ethics. On the one hand, we will be focusing on radical and utopian practices of self-cultivation that are intended, through various kinds of intimate discipline, to effect transformations in collective life. On the other hand, we will be moving toward the same point from the opposite direction, exploring how attempts to manage and mobilize publicity, whether through the circulation of mass-mediated imagery or the harnessing of crowd energies, solicit transformations in subjective experience. From both sides, we propose, the issue is not one of cumulatively making better societies by making better people. Rather, we track the startling recurrence of the quasi-magical figures of mimetic influence, repetition, and transformation across intimate and anonymous domains of public life. The syllabus will include literary, social theoretical and cinematic texts.  Wm. Mazzarella/Leela Gandhi, Wed 10:30-1:20.

42001. Pedagogy in Anthropology. (PQ: Anthropology Grad Students Only). This course is designed to help graduate students prepare to teach anthropology to undergraduates at the University of Chicago and elsewhere. It is a systematic investigation of the content taught and methods used at a variety of institutions. The course is aimed to reflect the expansiveness of Anthropology as a discipline and the variety of ways in which Anthropology might be interpreted and applied at different kinds of institutions. This course prepares students to teach courses that support diverse (e.g. Research 1 Private, Research 1 Public, Liberal Arts, and Large Public Universities) departmental and university curricular missions. Through this course, present and future TAs and instructors will:  1) examine different frameworks for teaching anthropology; 2) develop a variety of teaching techniques; 3) examine the essential content for four-field introductory courses; 4) learn how to evaluate learning; and 5) determine how best to manage their own professional development with regard to teaching.

        Students will achieve the goals of this course by conducting guided analysis on curricular materials from a variety of universities. Students will then present the findings of their analyses to their peers in class. These analyses will produce a number of summarized conclusions about the content and methods for teaching a range of anthropological subfields in a range of university settings. These summarized conclusions will serve as references when students are building their own teaching documents including syllabuses, Philosophy of Teaching statements, and teaching portfolios. Finally, students will hear presentations and ask questions of experienced teachers on each of the topics addressed by this course.  David Pacifico/John Kelly. Mon 12:00-2:00.



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.  Wed 9:30-12:20

45620.  The Anthropology of Migration and Travel (CHDV 45620) This is not a survey course about the current state of “the Anthropology of Migration and Travel.”  Rather it considers how this field and its objects of study might be re/built out of the fragments of an eclectic group of scholarly interventions, only some of which claimed to have anything to do with the study of “migration” or “travel” as we have come to know it (read: push-pull, territorial nation-based, rights-oriented).  The course proceeds by examining constituent elements or basic techniques for how one might go about assembling something that could pass as part of an “Anthropology of Migration and Travel” without falling into its various disabling conceptual traps (read: see read #1).  The goal is to provide a kind of DIY kit for dreaming up and animating a future object of study that could shake up the field to your liking and likeness (hint: new cyborgs and monsters are welcome...).   Readings will consist of a mix of ethnography, history and theory and be organized into three parts: 1) Routes, Zones, Contact, 2) Planes, Trains, Automobiles and 3) Stranger, Guest, Enemy.   The final session will be run as a design lab for discussing student works-in-progress.   Julie Chu. Thurs 1:30-4:20.

46410. Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Theories and Case Studies (=EALC 46040). This course aims to review theories and case studies of regional and inter-regional interaction in the anthropological archaeology literature. The course will examine chronologically important theories and topics in the field, such as interaction sphere, peer polity, circumscription theory, world systems theory, center and peripheries, prestige goods exchange, warfare, colonial encounter, network society, etc. Areas of cases studies discussed in the course include Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, American Southwest, Central Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. The goal of the course is to establish understanding of the existing theoretical discourse and to provide perspectives from wide geographic scope. Yung-ti Li, Wed. 1:30 pm

53510. Ethnographic Writing. (PQ: Anthropology Post-field students writing dissertations.) Susan Gal. Tues 1:30-4:20.

55020.  Anthropological Readings in Contemporary Islam. Hussein Agrama, Wed 1:30-4:20.

55515.  Thinking Beyond Sovereignty. Justin Richland/Hussein Agrama.  Tues 1:30-4:20.

55972.  AdvRdgs: Archaeology of the Contemporary. This reading seminar focuses on the emerging field of the archaeology of the contemporary, which uses archaeological methods to study the material traces left by human actions within living memory. The contemporary world is notable for the vast amount of detritus it has and continues to produce: garbage, abandoned buildings, chemical toxicity, etc. With research objects as diverse as homelessness, migration, industrial ruinscapes, modern warscapes, IKEA furniture, and contemporary death practices, the subfield is characterized by an interest in issues of mobility, abandonment, and destruction but also of entirely banal features of everyday life such as diaper consumption, automobile culture, and blue jeans.  This student-directed reading seminar is restricted to Anthropology doctoral students preparing exams, proposals, or MA theses with a related focus.  Students will be expected to design a portion of the syllabus and lead discussions.  The faculty member will act as facilitator.  Class is limited to a maximum of 6 students. Consent of Instructor required. Shannon Dawdy, ARR. Consent of Instructor required. Preference for PhD students with firm topics

56500. The Archaeology of Colonialism.   This seminar is a comparative exploration of archaeological approaches to colonial encounters.  It employs temporally and geographically diverse case studies from the archaeological and historical literature situated within a critical discussion of colonial and postcolonial theory.  The course seeks to evaluate the potential contribution of archaeology both in providing a unique window of access to precapitalist forms of colonial interaction and imperial domination and in augmenting historical studies of the expansion of the European world-system.  Methodological strategies, problems, and limitations are also explored.  Michael Dietler. Wed 9:30-12:20.