Graduate Courses — Autumn 2007

33101-33102.  Native Peoples of North America I, II (=CHDV 33101) 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.  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+some Mondays  12-1:20. Haskell 315.

34814.  Anthropology and Literature: World Poetry (=SCTH 32720). This course will explore fundamentals of poetry and poetics on a world basis: the music of language, theory of tropes, poetry and myth, linguistic-poetic relativism, the unique individual, sociopolitical context, the moral intention of the poet, metaphysical questions, and so forth.  The four poetic worlds to be central this year are: T'ang Chinese (e.g., Tu Fu), Russian (i.e., Pushkin), native American (e.g. Quechua, Eskimo), and three American poets (Dickenson, Frost, Hughes).  Brief introductions to other poetic worlds (e.g., Villon, Baudelaire, haiku).  Texts to be used in part:  J. Rothenburg's Technicians of the Sacred, E. Weinberger's Anthropology of Classic Chinese Poetry. P. Friedrich. Thurs 9:30-12:20. Open to undergraduates.

34816. Anthropology and Literature: Pushkin and Eugene Onegin (=SCTH 32920). Eugene Onegin, the masterpiece by Russia's great poet, Aleksander Pushkin, weaves together many diverse strands, including folklore and high society, dreams and dance, two love stories, jealousy and loss, ethnography and psychology (female and male), questions of aesthetics and poetic form, and basic values (e.g., honor and shame) -- all integrated with classic symmetry and Romantic Alan. Eugene Onegin inspired Tchaikovsky's opera (which we will sample) and is a subtext in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.  One book per week with some consideration of Russian society and politics in Pushkin's time, of his major contemporaries (e.g., Lermontov), of foreign connections, and of the universalist issues named above. A mix of lectures and discussion. Reading knowledge of Russian would be helpful but is not necessary; we will use the translations by W. Arndt, J. Falen, and V. Nabokov P. Friedrich. Tues 9:30-12:20. Open to undergraduates.

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. A. Yu. 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 gram­marians 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

43405. Global Ethnography (=SOCI 40150). PQ Introduction to ethnography or qualitative methods. Ethnography has long been successfully applied to local cultures and communities, to microsocial situations and even at times to national settings. In this class, we start from the global; we explore how ethnography can be extended to global structures, processes, sites and questions. We will first examine and discuss the kind of structures and elements that "belong to" global society and global culture. Course work will then be built around studies that focus on particular domains in which these structures and elements are exhibited. In the process, we review different ethnography-based methodological perspectives such as grounded theory, ethnomethodology, discourse analysis, phenomenological ethnography and performance ethnography. Students with a strong interest in theories of globalization may consider also taking the class on Global Society and Global Culture: Paradigms of Social and Cultural Analysis (F 07).  K. Knorr Cetina. Tues 9:00-11:50

43600. Locating the Anthropology of the US.  PQ  Open to anthropology graduate students; others may enroll with permission of instructor.  This seminar focuses on recent and classical ethnographies, along with reflections on the field, to query anthropological analysis of the United States. In doing so, we explore the epistemological and cultural geographical foundations and possible futures of the discipline. This course is designed for students with active ethnographic research interests.J. Cattelino. 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.  Susan Gal. Thurs. 1:30-4:20

52500.  Interpretation of Ritual. (=HREL 41600, AASR 41600).  B. Lincoln. TuTh 1:30-2:50

52805. Colloquium: Gender in Europe (=Hist 53301, GNDR 53300). The seminar will discuss current theories of gender as they illuminate and are challenged by contemporary and historical visions of gender relations and gender politics across the European continent. Topics to be covered include:  Practices and regulation of sexuality and reproduction (gay marriage, marriage as migration strategy, birth control, abortion, medically-assisted reproduction, adoption); the gendering of politics (national and supranational governmental institutions, NGOs, grass-roots organizations); religion; and, changes in labor force participation and the structuring of the workplace.  In all the cases the implications of post-coloniality and the expanding European union for gender will be considered. Comparisons, circulations and contrasts along an east/west and north/south axis will be of continuing interest; we will focus on material as well as discursive cultural practices and their semiotic ordering. S. Gal, L. Auslander. Tues 9:00-11:50.

57712.  LingAnthSem: Ethnographic Lexicography Michael Silverstein. TBA