Graduate Courses — Spring 2011

34814. Anthropology and Literature: World Poetry (=SCTH 32720). Exploration of the worlds lyric poetry (poets and poetic cultures) that braids 1) certain paradigmatic problems (e.g., tradition and individual talent, interpretation of the body, death), 2) poetic form (e.g., metrics, the sonnet [The Chinese Sonnet], as in Pushkin, Dickinson, Sor Juana, Tu Fu), 3) vignettes from a world sample (e.g., Sumerian, Zuni, Vietnamese, Mayan, Tamil, Nuer, Yupik Eskimo), and, beyond that, 4) how does poetry essentialize cultural values, reflect changing notions of love and jealousy, become relevant to politics, or be integrated with a metaphysics? These four components will be interwoven extemporaneously, supplemented by occasional very short lectures. An initial one-page paper on Wang Wei, two three-page papers on a poem, or an issue, and a final 7-10 page paper on poetics. Texts include Classical Chinese Poetry and Technicians of the Sacred. P. Friedrich. Thurs 9:00-11:50.

35120. Disordered States (=CHDV 33302). This course examines the intersection between two areas of research which have recently experienced a resurgence in anthropology: 1) new ethnographic work on states and state-like institutions and 2) the literature on the subjective experiences of illness and suffering. In other words, the course will cover different ways in which the relationships between persons and states in crisis have been conceptualized in recent anthropological work. Specific topics covered may include: trauma and political violence; social memory and commemoration; citizenship and humanitarian intervention; political economic transformation and social marginalization. Eugene Raikhel. Wed 10:30-1:20.

39001-39002 Theory and Method in Archaeology. PQ: Required for first-and second-year graduate students in archaeology; open to undergraduates and other graduate students only with consent of instructor; this course carries 200 unitsof credit. This course provides an intensive critical orientation to the logics of archaeological interpretation and aesthetics of archaeographic representation from the 19th century to the present. Students will engage in close readings of canonical theoretical texts in order to track the major philosophical shifts in the discipline from its antiquarian origins through postmodernity. Simultaneously, we will examine the reports from a group of landmark research projects in order to document how theory was put into practice. In addition to lectures and discussion sessions, students will conduct a series of debates intended to expose the central tenets underlying the primary paradigm shifts of the last century. Francois Richard. TuTh 1:30-4:20

40205. Knowledge/Value. (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. Tues 4:30-7:20.

50705. Capital and Biocapital. (PQ: Open to advanced undergraduates with consent of instructor.) 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. Tues 12:00-2:50

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 studentsdraft proposals. M. Silverstein, JD Kelly (2 sections)

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. Fri, 1:30-4:20