Graduate Courses — Spring 2009

32215. Gender, Generations and Social Change in Africa. (=CHDV 32215, GNDR 32400). This course explores the dynamics of gender and generation in contemporary social change in Africa. We draw on recent ethnographies and historical studies to examine social reproduction and transformation. We may also read some classic Western theory on generations and social change, interrogating to what extent they might be revised in the African context. Texts include Jennifer Johnaon Hanks, Uncertain Honor; Kristen Dheney, Pillars of the Nation; and Nicholas Argenti, The Intestines of the State. J. Cole.

33101-33102. Native Peoples of North America I, II. PQ: Part I or consent of instructor. 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 12:00-1:20

34817. Womans Voices: Poetry and Prose. (=SCTH 32730). PQ Open to graduate students and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates) Taking a global point of view, we will examine the work of about 8 women poets (e.g., Ho [Vietnamese], Plath, Anna Akhmatova [Russian], and Li Ching-chao [Sung Chinese] and 4 novelists (e.g., Chapin, The Awakening; Murasaki, The Tale of Genji, part I) The goal is to explore if there is such a thing as womans voices,and to sketch and adumbrate some possible answers: external (e.g., feelings about independence), internal (e.g., the role of passive constructions) P. Friedrich. Fri 9:30-12:20

34818. Dostoevsky: Short Works. (=SCTH 32740). (Open to graduate students and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates) Careful reading of five short works, probably Poor Folk, The Gambler, The Double, Notes from the Underground, and Netochka Nezvanova (possibly also A Gentle Creature). Two weeks on each short work for an average of 70 pages per week. We will explore his ideas and representations of the following: suffering and empathy, status hierarchies and sincerity, honor and shame, schizophrenia and paranoia, humility, humiliation and pride, crime and guild, love and lust, chance and fortune, soul. Collateral with this, about 60 pages per week from Notes from the House of the Dead (creative non-fiction based on his four years in a Siberian prison). Minimal, suggested collateral reading from Frank, Mochulsky, Pesmen, Terras. P. Friedrich. Thurs 9:00-11:50

37302. Phonology II (=LING 20900/30900). PQ: Anthro 373. The principles of generative phonology are introduced and studied in detail, emphasizing the role of formalism and abstractness in phonological analysis. The emphasis is on Sound Pattern of English theory, with brief discussion of more recent auto segmental and metrical models. Alan Yu. TuTh 10:30-11:50

42000. Anthropological Methods. (PQ: Required of 2nd year social/cultural/linguistic anthropology graduate students. Others only with consent of the instructor.) This course provides a critical introduction to the methods of anthropology, paying special attention to topic formation, deployment of theoretical resources, techniques of engagement in the field and the politics and ethics of fieldwork and ethnographic knowledge production. Our approach will combine readings in critical anthropology relevant to methodological practice with workshop-style demonstrations of particular techniques for gathering and analyzing field material. The limits and powers of ethnography (broadly construed) will be explored through exploratory engagement with students  ongoing projects and a few examples of anthropological writing. This course is intended to help students develop the tools needed to develop their own research objects and strategies while reflecting critically on anthropology as a practice.   J. Farquhar. Fri 11:30-2:20

52210. Archaeological Research Design. This a practicum course for archaeology graduate students (typically in their third or fourth year) to prepare the dissertation research proposal and dissertation grant applications. The focus of the course will be the intellectual as well as the pragmatic issues involved in developing a strong archaeological research design. Issues related to professional development will also be incorporated. Steady work on proposal writing is expected. Most of the required work will consist of weekly writing and critique exercises. Shannon Dawdy. 10:30-1:20

53505. Ethnographic Narrative. (Cap 18) This seminar is designed for upper level graduate students engaged in conceptualizing or writing an ethnography.  Its focus is on the narrative form and writerly strategies that constitute ethnography as a specific form of analysis and communication.  The course is structured in three parts: 1) readings on narrative theory, hermeneutics, and interpretation; 2) written exercises designed to explore questions of voice, style, and structure in ethnographic writing; and 3) critical study of key ethnographic texts.  The basic proposition of this seminar is that the form and style of writing is crucial to the success of the ethnography in communicating cross-cultural insight.  Thus, we will collectively consider the historical development of ethnographic writing as a genre, as well as pursue a model for producing contemporary ethnographic texts. J. Masco. Wed 2:00-4:50

53815 Public Affect. Affect is everywhere in cultural theory today, and public life is supposedly more affective than it ever was before. Affect represents freedom from the prison-house of reason. Affect represents enslavement to sentiment and passion. Affect is emotion. Affect is not emotion, but rather something more corporeal. Affect is intuitive. Affect is deliberate. Affect is transcendent. Affect is socially and historically mediated. 
     How can we begin to grasp this ubiquitous yet enigmatic concept? In this advanced graduate seminar, we will engage with a series of texts that seek, in very different ways, to mobilize affect as a category of social analysis. A continuous conceptual thread will be a consideration of how a notion of affect might serve to mediate between dialectical and immanentist critical traditions. W. Mazzarella. Tues 9:00-11:50

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. M. Dietler. Tues 1:30-4:20.