Graduate Courses — Autumn 2005

30405. Anthropology of Disability (=MAPS 36900, SOSC 36900). M. Fred, Tues 3:00-5:50

30410. Anthropology of Law-1 (=SOSC 46800, MAPS 46800, LAWS 93802). M. Fred, Thurs. 3:00-5:50.

33101-33102. Native Peoples of North America I, II. Must be taken in sequence. This course is a comprehensive review of Native American cultural history, including consideration of intellectual context, prehistory, ethnology, history, and the contemporary situation. The last half of the third quarter is devoted to a mutually agreed-on topic in which students pursue individual research, the results of which are presented in seminar format. R. Fogelson, J Cattelino. TuTh 10:30-11:50

34000. Introduction to Chicago Anthropology. PQ: Open only to first-year Anthropology graduate students. An introduction to the current faculty of the Department of Anthropology, their intellectual genealogies, and their current work. Staff. WedFri 12-1:20. Haskell 315.

34803. Anthro/Lit: Brothers Karamazov/Russian Culture (=SCTH 32550). Close reading of select passages, intense discussion of basic issues such as soul, guilt, forgiveness, depravity, innocence, lust hatred, sin, Christian love, jealousy, shame, brotherly love. Some attention to Biblical subtexts, cultural-historical context (e.g., Russian Orthodoxy, Western rationalism), and certain questions about the language of Dostoevsky. Theoretical issues to be explored include dialogue and polyphony, poetics vs prosaices, skepticism versus faith, and tropology and typology. Some collateral reading from Pesmen's Russia and Soul, Bakhtin, and Figges. The Pevear/Volokhonsky translation. Knowledge of Russian helpful but not necessary. P. Friedrich. MonWed 9:30-12:20.

362. Ceramic Analysis for Archaeologists. This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations and analytical techniques that allow archaeologists to use ceramics to make inferences about ancient societies. Ethnographic, experimental, and physical science approaches are explored to develop a realistic, integrated understanding of the nature of ceramics as a form of material culture and to assess both the kinds of interpretations of ancient people that can plausibly be made on the basis of their pottery and which techniques and research strategies may best serve to obtain useful information. Practical training in the use of the Ceramic Laboratories is included. M. Dietler. TuTh 10:30-11:50

37201. Language in Culture I (LING 3110, Psych 47001). Must be taken in sequence. This is a two-quarter sequence to introduce some of the central theoretical issues involved in the semiotic, cognitive and sociopolitical study of language in its contexts of communicative "use." By developing and using semiotic concepts, the first quarter concentrates on two major problems that organize a vast literature and diverse theoretical approaches. The first problem is to understand interpersonal communication is carried on in-and-by the medium of language. Such communication manifests itself both in an orderly, or at least ‘(non-in)coherent' unfolding of information and in the structured and culturally consequential social action that is accomplished in-and-by that unfolding. The second problem is to understand how language is a medium of and factor in so-called ‘conceptual' representations or mental "knowledge." There are various sources of such knowledge ‘coded' in the forms of language, and this diversity reveals the modes of semiosis of which language is composed at its various planes. We concentrate in particular on the semiotic characterization of dialectially emergent "cultural knowledge" or "cultural conceptualization," the nature of which is a current research frontier between social and cognitive sciences, between modernist and post-modernist humanities. M. Silverstein. WF 9:30-11:20

37110 Language, inequality and symbolic power (=HUVD 30203). This course explores how language as an area in which power relations are created and exercised on the individual, collective, and institutional levels. Through the study of different interactional settings, well examine the ways interactions are influenced by sociolinguistic inequalities. Well study how power is internalized by speakers and shape their ways of looking at other speakers and languages. Well also focus on Pierre Bourdieu's notion of symbolic power, according to which power is identified as something natural. Well address the question of how symbolic power is transformed into symbolic violence. Cécile Vigouroux MW 1:30-2:50.
37701. Phonetics (= LING 20600/30600). PQ: Ling 201, 202, or 203; or consent of instructor. This is an introduction to the study of speech sounds. Speech sounds are described with respect to their articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual structures. There are lab exercises both in phonetic transcription and in the acoustic analysis of speech sounds. J. Riggle. MW 1:30-2:50.

37801. Syntax I (=LING 20400/30400). PQ: Ling 201, 202, or 203; or equivalent. This course is devoted to detailed study of the major syntactic phenomena of English, combined with exposition and critical evaluation of the principal accounts of phenomena proposed by transformational gram¬marians and the theoretical frameworks within which those accounts are developed. Class discussion focuses on ideas advanced in or arising out of transformational grammar with regard to the relation between syntax and semantics and the psychological status of linguistic analyses. J. Merchant. TuTh 10:30-11:50

42500. Anthropology of the Afro-Atlantic World. Although originally pioneered, more than three generations ago, by scholars and critics such as C.L.R. James, Eric Williams, W.E.B. DuBois, or Walter Rodney, conceptions of an "Atlantic World" have only recently come to prominence in Anthropology. In the past decade, however, students of Africa and the Americas have increasingly begun to phrase their inquiries in terms transcending entrenched geographical divisions of labor within the social sciences, aiming to include Africa, the Americas, and, to a certain extent, Europe into a single analytic field. Parts of this course will be devoted to a concise introduction to some of the major theoretical positions within, and controversies surrounding the new "Atlantic" anthropology of Africa and its New World diasporas. After this, we will examine a number of recent monographs and/or major articles exemplifying the promises and pitfalls of theoretical conceptions and methodological procedures that attempt to go beyond mere transregional comparison or linear historical narratives about "African influences", and aim at analytically situating specific ethnographic or historical scenarios within integrated perspectives on an "Afro-Atlantic World". S. Palmie. Tues 12:00-2:50

46705. Urbanization, the City, and Social Theory. This seminar offers a comparative examination of the rise and organization of ancient cities through a detailed investigation of urban social theory. We will explore competing anthropological interpretations of urban process while probing the political, ideological, and economic structures of the world's earliest cities. Students will have the opportunity to examine a broad range of subjects, including mechanisms of city genesis; urban-rural relations; the intersections of city and state; and historical variation in urban landscapes, ideologies, and political economies. Discussion will focus in part on the spatial practices, structural inequalities, and political institutions linking ancient urbanism with industrial and post-industrial cities. Ultimately, class members will become familiar with processes of prehistoric urbanization while contemplating the social foundations of contemporary city life. E. Swenson. Wed 1:30-4:20

48100. Advanced Problems in Paleoanthropology (=EVOL 48100). This course includes tutorial museum, laboratory, and field studies on the hominoid fossil record and contextual information relevant to its interpretation. R. Tuttle. Autumn, Winter, Spring. Annually.

48500. Advanced Problems in Primate Locomotion and Comparative Morphology (=EVOL 48500). This course is a seminar and/or laboratory study of the morphological and behavioral adaptations of selected primates and implications for primate phylogeny. R. Tuttle. Autumn, Winter, Spring. Annually.

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. Joseph Masco. Wed. 1:30-4:20 (1:00-3:50?).