Graduate Courses — Winter 2006

30411. Ethnography of Law-2 (=MAPS 46801, SOSC 46801, LAWS 93802). Morris Fred. Tues 3:00-5:50

33101-33102. Native Peoples of North America I, II. PQ: 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 second quarter is devoted to a mutually agreed-on topic in which students pursue individual research, the results of which are presented in seminar format. Raymond Fogelson. TuTh 3:00-4:20
 

37202. Language in Culture II (=Ling 31200, PSYC 47002). PQ: Must be taken in sequence. This is the second part of a two-quarter sequence on the relations between language and culture. Building on the first quarter's discussions of the interactional order and its conceptual dialectics, this quarter's class explores the implications of language use for the construction of institutions such as schools, nations, states, liberal polities and scientific research, and the simultaneous embeddedness of language use in those very institutions. The aim throughout is to investigate the constitute role of language and semiotic figuration in socioculteral "power" and in sociohistorical processes. We start with the notion of language ideology and the way it shapes understandings of linguistic differentiation by users - - both professional and non-expert - - and their assumptions about the "natural" indexicality of linguistic forms. This allows us to reconceptualize linguistic units such as ‘language', ‘dialect', ‘register', and ‘variety' as normative cultural constructs - - folk concepts as well as scientific ones - - and ‘standardization' as one among many cultural/semiotic processes of language change that are implicated in nation and state-building, colonial and postcolonial projects and other aspects of "modernization" as a discursive phenomenon. Michael Silverstein. WedFri 9:30-11:20.

37301. Phonology I (=Ling 20800/30800). PQ: Ling 201, 202, 203, 206, or equivalent. This is an introduction to general principles of phonology, with emphasis on nongenerative theory. Alan Yu. MW 1:30-2:50.

37802. Syntax-2 (=Ling 20500/30500). PQ. Part 1. Chris Kennedy. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

45600. When Cultures Collide: The Moral Challenge in Cultural Migration (=HUDV 45600, HMTR 35600, PSYC 45300). Coming to terms with diversity in an increasingly multicultural world has become one of the most pressing public policy projects for liberal democracies in the early 21st century. One way to come to terms with diversity is to try to understand the scope and limits of toleration for variety at different national sites where immigration from foreign lands has complicated the cultural landscape. This seminar examines a series of legal and moral questions about the proper response to norm conflict between mainstream populations and cultural minority groups (including old and new immigrants), with special reference to court cases that have arisen in the recent history of the United States. Richard Shweder.Wed 9:30-11:50

52100. Seminar: Anthropologies of Body and Experience. Classically in sociocultural anthropology bodies occupied a default position that could be safely left to the biological sciences. Since the 1980s, however, the combined influence of Foucault, phenomenology, feminism, and medical anthropology has made bodies ("the body," embodiment, bodiliness) a topic in new ways. Once the life of the body has been made an issue for anthropology, many other areas of interest are somewhat recast: consciousness, materialism, subjectivity, agency, discipline, everyday life, practice, and experience all come into play in new ways. No one seminar could accommodate even the majority of work claiming to elucidate these newly framed topics. This course will narrow the field by considering embodiment together with the vexed theoretical and empirical question of experience. Readings (and a few films) will fall into the following broad categories: phenomenology and the critique of phenomenology; representations and their consumption; materialist methods in the interpretation of culture; sexuality and the Freudian body; non-Western theories of bodies and experience; virtual bodies and the senses; bodies (in)visible in ethnography and history. Judith Farquhar. Fri 1:30-4:20

52700. Anthropology of Security. One of the foundational concepts of international order is the notion of security. Though this category is rarely defined in practice, it is the basis for war and peace, for the internal management of populations within states, as well as a rhetorical structure that is increasingly used to mobilize resources (economic, military, and ideological). This seminar interrogates the concept of security through the theoretical literature informing state concepts of security, through ethnographic studies of insecurity, and particularly, through an analysis of U.S. power in the post-Cold War period. Joseph Masco. Wed 12:30-3:20

53200. Sovereignty, Citizenship and Nation. This seminar examines theories and practices of nationhood, with a focus on the sociocultural dimensions of citizenship and sovereignty. We will engage classic and recent political theory, but the core readings are ethnographic. Themes include the relationship between culture and the technologies of nation; the intersections of citizenship with race, gender, and language; nation-state sovereignty in relation to indigenous peoples and national minorities; sovereignty and empire; political belonging and cultural citizenship; and nation and kinship. Jessica Cattelino. Tues 9:00-11:50

55200. Lefebvre, Geography & Subjectivity. This course addresses philosophical perspectives on the idea of the dialectic, or dialectic logic. We will assess this analytic apparatus through select works of Henri Lefebvre, in addition to the works of his primary interlocutors. The course begins by addressing competing approaches to dialectic logic, i.e., subjective and materialist models which informed early Lefebvrian arguments. Next, we will observe how Lefebvrian critiques of existentialist and structuralist approaches to dialectic logic converged within the formulation of his multi-dimensional analytic approach to sociality in the The Production of Space. The overall objective is to acquire an expanded understanding of the tense relationship between 'humanist' and 'political economy' approaches to relationally conceived social phenomena. In the later portion of the course we will read two ethnographies that use this tension as the very method and site of analysis. The course is designed for students focusing on 'identity', contemporary nationalisms and migration. Kesha Fikes. Fri 10:30-1:20

55600. Money and Value. Anthropologists long have been concerned to understand the myriad ways that groups attach meanings, desires, and hierarchical worth to material objects and economic processes. This course will explore two core topics in economic anthropology: money and value. Focusing an ethnographic eye across scales from colonization to household budgeting, we will re-examine the classic social theoretical argument that money deracinates and abstracts social relations, and we will consider money's link to various aspects of moral and epistemic calculation. Value is a notoriously elusive analytic, so we will both trace its intellectual biography and consider its potential to link the moral to the material, and the creative to the collective. Jessica Cattelino. Thurs 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. Michael Dietler, Shannon Dawdy Wed 1:30-4:20.