Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Spring 2014

21107/3000.  Classical Readings in Anthropology: Anthropological Theory.  The conceptual tools that anthropologists and other students of human societies use to describe social life have deep and contentious histories.  While anthropology as a discipline has undergone significant transformation over time, the legacies of earlier categories, concepts, and debates pervade contemporary anthropological thinking and practice.  This course provides a critical introduction to the history of anthropological theory with a focus on the genealogies, contestations, and reconceptualizations of some of the discipline’s most prominent keywords, from “culture” and “structure” to “hegemony” and “resistance.”  The aim is less to recite a fixed history of schools and influences than to use our examination of anthropology’s past to inform our understanding of anthropology’s present and future. Susanne Cohen. MWF 9:30-10:20

21217.  Intensive Study of a Culture: The Luo of Kenya. (=AFAM 21217). This course is designed to present an introduction to the Luo of Kenya, a Nilotic-speaking group of some 3 million people living on the northeastern shores of Lake Victoria.  It is intended to convey a sense of contemporary Luo culture and society and the complex history that has led to the present moment.  It is equally concerned to use the Luo case in order to give students a sense of the ethnographic practices and theoretical concerns of Anthropology – to show in detail how anthropologists study and represent other cultures.  The Luo are of particular interest in this regard because there are many Luo academics and intellectuals who have published their own analyses and literary accounts of Luo culture and history.  Hence, one has the opportunity to compare alien and indigenous representations.  The Luo are also of particular interest because they have been traditionally a stateless society that has had to adapt over the past century to being incorporated into a colonial and post-colonial state, and this local history exposes in acute form some of the problems and contradictions that are found more generally in current African politics, law and economics.  The course will focus upon such things as Luo kinship and marriage patters, Luo conceptions of space and time, Luo religion and the transformative effects of Christianity, the differences and connections between rural and urban contexts, the role of the Luo in colonial and post-colonial Kenyan history, and transformations of the moral economy and the gendered division of labor.  M. Dietler. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

ANTH 21320. Law, Lawyers and the Courtroom. This course explores the relationship between law, lawyers, and their quintessential place of practice, the courtroom.  Though the relationship between the three might seem straightforward – lawyers practice law in the courtroom – this course seeks to complicate the picture through the use of contemporary ethnographies and other social scientific texts.  To this end, this course asks: what makes a lawyer a lawyer?  What exactly is it that they do?  And, what goes on in the courtroom, with its specialized language, ritualized performances, and complex procedures?  By thinking through these questions as a class, this course aims to denaturalize the connections between lawyers, law, and courtrooms.  Analyzing the ideological underpinnings of these objects of study, revealing their cultural specificity, and exploring the nuances of their relationships to each other and to society, students will come to a far more complex understanding of how the law-filled world in which we live is both constructed and constructive.  Readings include historical, theoretical, sociocultural, and, in particular, sociolinguistic texts.  A visit to a courtroom will be part of this course.   Lee Cabatingan.  MW 10:30-11:50    (TS MW 10:30-12:20)

ANTH 21420.  Practice of Anthropology: Ethnographic Methods. (PQ: Preference given to third-year Anthropology majors preparing to write BA papers next year.)  This is a course on how to do ethnographic field research. It departs from some simple premises. Every cultural world is vast; therefore there can be no ethnographic observation without a research project that guides us in choosing what to notice. And there can be no ethnographic analysis without a guiding set of concerns that help us decide what is worth analyzing. The course will therefore take the form of a research workshop, where each student experiments with ethnographic methods on a small research project of their choice. We will cover a wide spectrum of modern ethnographic methods: observing public and private behavior, collecting artifacts, analyzing local conversation and texts, using media like photography and audio recording, writing fieldnotes, collaborating with the locals, and crossing sites. We will also talk about the problems of interpreting local strategies and intentions, telling stories, making generalizations, examining a range of senses and affects, comparing multiple data sources, and blending different genres of ethnographic writing. The course will culminate with a short ethnographic paper about your chosen short project, and what you learned about field methods along the way.  Eli Thorkelson. MW 3:30-4:50

21725.  Mass Mediated Society and Japan (=EALC/JAPN 2xxxx) This course explores the emergence of mass mediated society in twentieth century industrial modernity through the sociocultural lens of Japan. Specifically, we will be looking at the evolution of new social forms, identities, subjectivities, and experience engendered through mass mediating technologies. At the same time, we will consider the various forms of discourse that arise in relation to these phenomena. Although our attention will be on the experience and effects of mass mediated society in Japan, readings will not be Japan exclusive. They will draw from a wide range of disciplines, combining critical theory with ethnographic, and historical texts. We will also consider examples from popular culture. No previous knowledge of Japan or Japanese language is required. Course requirements: Participation is a crucial part of this course and your grade. You cannot receive a high grade without sustained and thoughtful participation that demonstrates careful reading of class material.  Papers: There is a mid-term and final paper for this course. The mid-term will be between 6-7 pages and engage in a close reading of one of the texts. The final will be between 8-10 pages. It should also engage course material. In addition, students are asked to submit (at least) 6 one-page responses to specific readings. The responses should summarize the author’s thesis and method before moving to a critical analysis of a specific question or problematic in the reading. Michael Fisch. TuTh 1:30-2:50.

22126. Feminist Science Studies (=GNSE 20208). This course aims to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of feminist science studies. As the feminist movements of the 1970s began to change the American political landscape, academic feminists initiated inquiries into the marginalization of women in science – a debate philosopher Sandra Harding has called “the woman question in science”. Feminist scholars, often trained as biologists or physicists, began to examine sex and gender in their own fields of research, now approaching those fields as social realms. They raised the question of androcentric or male-centered epistemologies underlying Western science (alongside scholars critiquing the ‘Eurocentric’ perspective of the social sciences). Harding has called this debate the “science question in feminism.” Feminist science studies scholars have worked up a critical literature on sex, gender, race, class, or disability in human genetics, primate studies, botany, physics, but also in philosophy and the social sciences. In this course, we seek to understand some of the interventions this field hopes to make, and to debate the relevance of these interventions in the current moment.         We will begin the seminar by reading texts understood to have paved the ground for feminist critiques of science. This will be followed by a sample of canonical texts illustrating the field’s basic questions. We will then look at different scientific fields and examine feminist writings from within and about them, whereby the specificities of scientific context and content will continuously be up for discussion. After midterms, we will read Science Fiction writer Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. This will serve as a break from theory, and as a different medium into this seminar’s main topics. Following Atwood, we will focus on reproduction and reproductive technologies, another crucial realm of activity for feminist science studies scholars. From there we will transition into medical research and political issues around medicalization. We will spend the final week of the quarter thinking about various paths feminists have taken to intervene into scientific fields through scholarly writing, art, or activism.  Anna Jabloner. TuTh 10:30-11:50

22220.  Black Atlantic Environments (ENST 22220, CRES 22220, LACS 2xxxx) In recent years, informed by such high profile events as Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, there has been a resurgence of interest by scholars to consider how the environment shapes Black Atlantic experiences.  Our central concern throughout the course will be: What is the Black Atlantic, and how might a critical understanding of the environment be gained by asking such a question?  This course will explore the role the environment plays in the historical, cultural, political, and aesthetic conceptualization of places that encompass a region called the Black Atlantic.   We will take a tour, traversing geographical and historical locations to read some defining theories and ethnographies that inform what could tentatively be called Black Atlantic environmental thought.  In so doing, the course will allow students to develop the ability to identify, compare, and formulate theories about environmental subjectivities and their peculiar relations to anthropological debates about ‘culture’ and ‘nature.’  Sarah E. Vaughn.  MW 1:30-2:50.

22530.  Ethnographic Film. This seminar explores ethnographic film as a genre for representing “reality,” anthropological knowledge and cultural lives.  We will examine how ethnographic film emerged in a particular intellectual and political economic context as well as how subsequent conceptual and formal innovations have shaped the genre.  We will also consider social responses to ethnographic film in terms of 1) the contexts for producing and circulating these works, 2) the ethical and political concerns raised by cross-cultural representation and 3) the development of indigenous media and other practices in conversation with ethnographic film.  Throughout the course, we will situate ethnographic film within the larger project for representing “culture,” addressing the status of ethnographic film in relation to other documentary practices including written ethnography, museum exhibitions and documentary film. Julie Chu.  Wed 10:30-1:20.

23080. Social Rights and the New Social Democracies in Latin America (=LACS 26504, HMRT 26504, PBPL 25604).   Is there such a thing as a right not to be poor? Or a right to be a group?  

Over the past ten years, Latin Americans have revived and reinvented these classic human rights questions. Left-wing governments, elected in a wave that traversed the region, have made vigorous attempts both to create new rights and to talk about rights in new ways: in the terms of “citizenship,” “participation,” and “struggle.” As a result, Latin America’s new social democracies, the unexpected sign of the millennium, were born speaking the language of rights. 

The new social democracies operate at a specific economic and cultural juncture. In this class, we will take the juncture as an opportunity to think through some general questions. Why do rights emerge at certain moments in history? What context makes it possible for new rights to achieve recognition? How is the current debate on rights connected to a long tradition of political practice in Latin America? Can people meaningfully possess socioeconomic rights, which do not primarily depend on a judiciary, and collective rights, which lack an individual subject? What are the limits that rights discourse imposes, and what alternatives are available for thinking about social democracy?

This course will not focus narrowly on governmental rights claims, but will strive to engage with the post-neoliberal moment as common historical reality and shared dilemma for many sorts of people throughout Latin America. We will open with an examination of rights and legal practice at key points in Latin America’s past. We will look, in particular, at three issues: the legal apparatus that accompanied Spanish conquest, the troubled relationship between liberalism and slavery, and the resurgence of social rights during the populist period in the mid-twentieth century. After considering the history behind the current moment, we will investigate at length the economy and culture of contemporary post-neoliberalism. We will then move to consider the voicings involved in speaking from an indigenous position. Next we will inquire how social democracy engages with new subjects: the subjects of participation and citizenship.  This will lead us to an analysis of new social programs (with conditional cash transfers as our key example) and the debates about economic rights that they inspire. We will conclude by assessing contemporary points of crossing between the collective and the universal.  G. Duff Morton. TuTh 10:30-11:50

23101-23102-23103. Introduction to Latin American Civilization I, II, III. (=HIST 16101-16102-16103, LTAM 16100-16200-16300, LCAS 34600-34700-34800, SOSC 26100-26200-26300) PQ: May be taken in sequence or individually. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. This course introduces the history and cultures of Latin America (e.g., Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean Islands).  Autumn Quarter examines the origins of civilizations in Latin America with a focus on the political, social, and cultural features of the major pre-Columbian civilizations of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec.  The quarter concludes with consideration of the Spanish and Portuguese conquest and the construction of colonial societies in Latin America.  Winter Quarter addresses the evolution of colonial societies, the wars of independence, and the emergence of Latin American nation-states in the changing international context of the nineteenth century.  Spring Quarter focuses on the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the challenges of economic, political, and social development in the region.  Dain Borges. MWF 1:30-2:20.

23907/35025. Religion and Politics in a Secular Age (=MAPS 38000) (PQ open to grad students and 3rd/4th year undergrads) How do contemporary religious political projects engage with, respond to and occasionally reconfigure secular ideals and frameworks for political action? Moreover, how does religion intersect with and inform religious practitioners’ political engagements in societies where politics is understood to be the domain of the secular? In this course we explore how anthropologists of religion have studied these questions in a variety of contemporary contexts from Latin America to the Middle East to Europe toAfrica and South Asia. Through close analyses of ethnographies of religiousmovements we examine the ways in which religiously motivated political projects build on and reproduce but also reinterpret religious practices, ideologies, ethics and subjectivities. Thus, we, for example, study how Muslims in Egypt, Hindus in India, and Protestant Christians in Guatemala draw on religious beliefs and practices to engage in politics as religious actors. We ask howdiverse religious value schemes and models of subjectivity, social relations, and communicative practice inform religious practitioners’ political actions. And, we interrogate how these various politico-religious projects reflect, negotiate and, on occasion, undermine different locally salient understandings of secularism.   Elina Hartikainen. MW 1:30-2:50. 

24001-24002-24003. Colonizations I, II, III. (=CRPC 24001-24002-24003, HIST 18301-18302-18303, SOSC 24001-24002-24003). PQ: These courses must be taken in sequence.  This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies.  This three-quarter sequence approaches the concept of civilization from an emphasis on cross-cultural/societal connection and exchange.  We explore the dynamics of conquest, slavery, colonialism, and their reciprocal relationships with concepts such as resistance, freedom, and independence, with an eye toward understanding their interlocking role in the making of the modern world.  Themes of slavery, colonization, and the making of the Atlantic world are covered in the first quarter.  Modern European and Japanese colonialism in Asia and the Pacific is the theme of the second quarter.  The third quarter considers the processes and consequences of decolonization both in the newly independent nations and the former colonial powers. 

24101-24102. Introduction to the Civilization of South Asia, I, II (= SALC 20100-20200, HIST 10800-10900,

SOSC 23000-23100).  Must be taken in sequence.  This course meets the general education requirement in civilization studies.  This sequence introduces core themes in the formation of culture and society in South Asia before colonialism.  The Winter Quarter focuses on Islam in South Asia, Hindu-Muslim interaction, Mughal political and literary traditions, and South Asia’s early encounters with Europe.  The Spring Quarter analyzes the colonial period (i.e., reform movements, the rise of nationalism, communalism, caste, and other identity movements) up to the independence and partition of India.  Dipesh Chakrabarty. MW 1:30-2:50.

25116.  Magic Matters (=INST 27701, CHDV 25116)The class explores lively presence of magic in the contemporary, presumably disenchanted world. It approaches the problem of magic historically—examining how magic became an object of social scientific inquiry—and anthropologically, attending to the magic in practice on the margins of the industrial, rational, cosmopolitan, and technological societies and economies. Furthermore, this class reads classic and contemporary ethnographies of magic together with the studies of science and technology to critically examine questions of agency, practice, experience, experiment, and efficacy. The class reads widely across sites, disciplines, and theories, attending to eventful objects and alien agents, stepping into post-socialist, post-colonial, and post-secular magic markets and medical clinics, and reading for the political energies of the emergent communities that effectively mix science, magic, and technology.  Larisa Jasarevic. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

25148/35148. Israel in Film and Ethnography (=MAPS 35148, NELC 25148/35148, CMES 35148, JWSC 25138). Combining weekly screenings of both Israeli fiction and documentary films with readings from ethnographic and other relevant research, this seminar will explore the dynamics of ethnic and religious diversity in modern Israeli society. Some of the (often overlapping) topics to be covered in this examination of the institutional and ideological construction of Israeli identity/ies: the absorption of immigrants; ethnic, class, and religious tensions; the kibbutz; military experience; the Holocaust and other traumas; evolving attitudes about gender and sexuality; and the struggle for minorities’ rights.  Morris Fred. Thurs 4:30-7:20

25435.  Corporate Lives. The corporation is at the center of heated debate.  If for some, corporations are gracious benefactors that usher in prosperity and engage in corporate social responsibility projects that make the world a better place, for others, corporations are evil, all-powerful entities unlimited by state borders that sow environmental destruction, economic exploitation, and cultural homogenization in their wake.  This course aims to provide a more grounded understanding of the consequences of corporate expansion by taking an anthropological perspective rooted in ethnographic accounts of corporate lives in a variety of social and cultural contexts.  How, we will ask, are corporations intertwined with transformations in the lives, social relations, and everyday practices of those who work within them, and what do these developments mean for local communities in particular places around the world?  And how might we begin to describe the consequences of these transformations without falling into well-worn tropes of corporate “good” and “evil”?  In asking such questions, our goal will be not only to shed light on the corporation itself, but to gain a better, and more critical, understanding of social processes associated with globalization and capitalism and the theoretical approaches used to study them.  The course will be organized primarily as a discussion, and active student engagement is expected.  Susanne Cohen. TuTh 10:30-11:50

25906.  Shamans and Epic Poets of Central Asia (=NEHC 20766/30766, EEUR 20766/30766, NEHC 20766/30766). This course explores the rituals, oral literature, and music associated with the nomadic cultures of Central Asia.. K. Arik,  Wed 12:30-3:20

25907.  Anthropological Approaches to Global Hip Hop(s) (=INST 29255). In AAGH, our goal will be to develop a series of tools with which to study hip hop music in its local, regional, and transnational diversity. How do artists make affinities and draw distinctions along aesthetic, political, and other social lines? In sites of hip hop’s ‘up-take’ outside of urban North America, what status and importance do artists accord the genre’s US and African-American historical lineages? What role do states play in mediating the forms that so-called global hip hops assume? What are the stakes of hip hop’s ongoing commodification within an increasingly globalized music industry? Hip hop scholars have productively analyzed the genre and its associated messages and styles by way of heuristics such as de-industrialization, authenticity, resistance, ‘glocality,’ ‘flows,’ and post-modernity. In this course, we will critically consider these approaches. We will also explore the ways in which hip hop might be considered an eminently modern phenomenon for which the construction of genre, publics/groups/nations, and semiotic ideologies is essential. Symbolic geography, hip hop history/historiography, identity/ies, and of course, the slippery category of ‘fun’ will be thematized in class discussion. Bi-weekly lectures will draw upon historical and sonic material from French, Senegalese, German, Russian, Mongolian, US American and former Yugoslav ‘scenes.’ Through a variety of readings, listenings, and presentations, we will encounter a diverse range of hip hop’s musical crafts, including beat-making, -boxing, DJing, and turntablism. Along with rap, these arts have context-specific significations that will assume increased meaning to us throughout the quarter. Each week, course readings and in-class discussion will address ethnographic, historical, journalistic, and artistic considerations of hip hop’s creative practices, while situating these in more abstract, yet relevant theoretical debates within anthropology and ethnomusicology. In addition to our readings, film screenings will be held, and bi-weekly audio(visual) playlists will be posted on Chalk. Owen Kohl. TuTh 1:30-2:50

26740/36740.  Economic Origins of Ancient Complex Societies (=NEAA 20045/30045). This course provides undergraduate and graduate students with an overview of some of the basic theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of ancient complex societies, primarily through archaeological evidence supplemented by textual data. The course has five main sections: 1) “Rules of the Game” – examining general principles in economic anthropology as they apply to ancient economies, 2) “Production” – examining agriculture, herding, and craft production, 3) “Exchange and circulation”,4) “Goods and consumption”, and 5) “institutions and Infrastructure”. The course will focus on Near Eastern data placed in a comparative framework with case studies from other Old and New World complex societies. Gil Stein. TuTh  12:00-1:20

26900/46900.  Archaeological Data Sets.  This course focuses on the methodological basis of archaeological data analysis.  Its goals are twofold, first to provide students with an opportunity to examine research questions through the study of archaeological data, and second to allow students to evaluate evidential claims in light of analytical results.  We will consider data collection, sampling and statistical populations, exploratory data analysis, and statistical inference.  The course is built around computer applications and, thus, will also provide an introduction to computer analysis, data encoding, and data base structure.  Alice Yao. Thurs 9:30-12:20 (TS Thurs 9:00-11:50)

27300. Language, Voice and Gender (=Psyc 27300, LING 28900, GNSE 27500). This course explores how we “voice” ourselves as “gendered” persons by, in essence, performing gender in discursive interaction, that is, in language-mediated and semiosis-saturated interpersonal events.  The several analytic orders and interacting semiotic planes of framing gender will be emphasized, as also the inherently “dialectic” character of social categories of identity such as gender, which exist emergently as “culture” between essential[ized] individual “nature” and interested intuitions we have and formulate about the micro- and macrosocial orders in which we participate.  No prior linguistics or sociocultural anthropology is presupposed, but serious attention to conceptual and theoretical issues in the sociocultural analysis of language in relation to identity will be nurtured in the course of the discussion.  We start with a review of some key ideas that have shaped the recent study of language and gender, then cycle back to consider several problematic areas, and finally look at some discursively rich ethnographic treatments of gendering. Michael Silverstein . WF 10:30-11:50  (TS 10:30-12:20)

27605/37605. Language, Culture and Thought (=CHDV 21901/31901, PSYC 21950/31900). This is a survey course exploring the role of natural language in shaping human thought.  The topic will be taken up at three levels:  semiotic-evolutionary (the role of natural language in enabling distinctively human forms of thinking – the rise of true concepts and self-consciousness), structural-comparative (the role of specific language codes in shaping habitual thought – the “linguistic relativity” of experience), and functional-discursive (the role of specialized discursive practices and linguistic ideologies in cultivating specialized forms of thought – the pragmatics, politics, and aesthetics of reason and expression).  Readings will be drawn from many disciplines but will emphasize developmental, cultural and critical approaches. John Lucy. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

28210/48210.  Colonial Ecologies (=ENST 28210, LACS 28210/48210).  This seminar explores the historical ecology of European colonial expansion in a comparative framework, concentrating on the production of periphery and the transformation of incorporated societies and environments. In the first half of the quarter we will consider the theoretical frameworks, sources of evidence, and  analytical strategies employed by researchers to address the conjunction of environmental and human history in colonial contexts. During the second half of the course we will explore the uses of these varied approaches and lines of evidence in relation to specific cases and trajectories of transformation since the sixteenth century. Kathleen Morrison, Mark Lycett. TuTh 9:00-10:20.

28510/58510. Anthropology of Space/Place/Landscape. Over the past 20 years, space, place, and landscape have become key lenses for analyzing people’s engagement with their physical surroundings. Once an inert backdrop to social life, a mere epiphenomenon, the material world is now acknowledged as a generative medium of cultural production: at once socially produced and framing sociality, shaping and constraining human possibilities, both by and against design… This course concerns itself with these articulations: 1) the spatial production of social worlds, 2) its expressions in diverse cultural and historical settings, and 3) its trails of ambiguous effects. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, architecture, philosophy, and social theory, we will explore how the triad of space/place/landscape works on, in, and through different social worlds and its role in the making of social experience, perception, and imagination. We will also reflect on how spatial formations frequently elude the very social projects that have birthed them. The objective of the course is to provide you with a foundation in contemporary spatial thought, which can be translated to questions of spatiality in your own research. Fran,cois Richard. Tues 12:00-2:50.

28600/38600.  Apes and Human Evolution (=BIOS 23253). A critical examination of the ways in which data on the behavior, morphology and genetics of apes have been used to elucidate human evolution, with particular emphasis on bipedalism, hunting, meat-eating, tool behavior, food sharing, cognitive ability, language, self-awareness, and sociability. Visits to local zoos, films, and demonstrations with casts of fossils and skeletons. Russell Tuttle. MW 9:30-10:20, F 9:30-11:20

29500/59500.  Archaeology Lab Practicum. (PQ Consent of Instructor)   Shannon Dawdy.

30415/20415.  American Legal Culture: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Problem-Solving Courts (=MAPS 46701, PLSC 30415, LAWS 93801, LLSO 26203). This seminar will examine the values and norms of American Legal Culture through an exploration of the concepts and related institutions associated with Therapeutic Jurisprudence, an approach that applies the tools of social science to examine the law and its key actors’ impact on individuals’ mental and physical health and to evaluate and propose alternatives for improving the legal system.     Participants will conduct observations in Cook County’s specialty courts: Drug Court; Mental Health Court; Veterans Treatment Court; Guardianship Court; Specialty Court for Felony Prostitution Cases. Sessions will combine discussion of relevant literature pertaining to therapeutic jurisprudence as well as various ethnographic research methods that students will be using to gain insights into the particular court they are studying.  Morris Fred. Tues. 4:30-7:20

34201-34202.  Development of Social Cultural Theory-2: The Making of Modern Anthropology. PQ: Open only to first year graduate students in the Anthropology Department. The second part of “Systems” explores the interplay of theory and ethnography, professional practice and historical context, in the development of anthropology as a modernist and postmodern discipline.  Rather than offer an overview of contemporary theoretical and methodological discourses, we shall examine, in critical depth, several of the major orientations that have shaped the history of Anglo-American anthropology this century.  In so doing, we shall be concerned with (i) the historical roots and philosophical foundations of particular perspectives and (ii) their significance for modern theoretical concerns and critical discourses in the social sciences at large. Shannon Dawdy. TuTh 1:30-4:20

40335.  Emerging Concepts in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (=CHDV 44200). (PQ Consent of Instructor) In this course we will read a selection of recent ethnographies to examine emerging topics, conceptual approaches and method in medical and psychological anthropology.  We will also focus closely on these ethnographies as texts, discussing their structure, style and rhetorical strategies – all with an eye to our own writing projects. Eugene Raikhel. Thurs 9:00-11:50

41015. Islam, Media, and Mediation (=ISLM 41900, AASR 41900). A seminar examining Muslim religious practices through the lens of various forms of mediation:  textual, visual, aural, filmic, and so on.  Readings from anthropology, art history and religious studies. Alireza Doostdar. Wed 1:30-4:20.

41200.  Anthropology of History (=HIST 44901).  Anthropologists have long been concerned with the temporal dimension of human culture and sociality, but, until fairly recently (and with significant exceptions), have rarely gone beyond processual modeling. This has dramatically changed. Anthropologists have played a prominent role in the so-called “historic turn in the social sciences”, acknowledging and theorizing the historical subjectivities and historical agency of the ethnographic “other”, but also problematizing the historicity of the ethnographic endeavor itself. The last decades have not only seen a proliferation of empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated historical ethnographies, but also a decisive move towards ethnographies of the historical imagination. Taking its point of departure from a concise introduction to the genealogy of the trope of “historicity” in anthropological discourse, this course aims to explore the possibilities of an anthropology of historical consciousness, discourse and praxis – i.e. the ways in which human groups select, represent, give meaning to, and strategically manipulate constructions of the past. In this, our discussion will not just focus on non-western forms of historical knowledge, but include the analysis of western disciplined historiography as a culturally and historically specific form of promulgating conceptions of the past and its relation to the present. Stephan Palmié.  Wed 11:30-2:20

41400. Figuration of Social Thought and Action: Rhetoric and Trope Theory in Action. (PQ: Open to  Graduate Students and students of third- or fourth-year standing). A consideration of the recent revival of interest in the role of figurative thought and rhetorical assertion and affirmation/negation in shaping social relations and social action. An examination of the role of figuration in scholarly works and texts which describe analyze and interpret social dynamics and cultural process. Some consideration will be given to the anchoring theories since classical times concerning the place of poetic and rhetoric in social order  and disorder: Plato, Aristotle, Quintilian,Vico, Muller, Tylor, Frazer, Malinowski,  Boas,  Benedict, Radin, Sapir and Jakobson   The course will be mainly focused on  developments since the nineteen sixties in American anthropology and linguistics seeking “meaningful methods” by concentrating on figuration and configuration in culture and on the  “play of tropes”, “rhetorical advocacy” and pronominal “emplotments” of social relations and social action. Present interests in the “ontology of culture” will be commented upon.  James Fernandez. TuTh 4:30-5:50

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 “fields,” 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.    Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Tues 6:00-9:00 pm

45600. When Cultures Collide (=CHDV 45600, HMRT 35600, PSYC 45300, GNSE 45600). 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 9:30-12:20

46600.  Economic Archaeology. This seminar is an exploration of approaches to the study of ancient economic systems.  Readings and discussions are structured so as to: 1) give the participants a grounding in the theoretical framework of, and intellectual background to, this domain of inquiry, 2) critically explore major current research issues and methods, and 3) furnish a comparative perspective on the role of economy in society and history.  This course is an exploration of how to think about economic issues in ways that may lead to productive research strategies and insights about past societies.   The course will begin with a discussion of definitions of “economy” and a comparison of different approaches to the subject both within and outside the discipline of anthropology.  The place of economic archaeology in relation to the subfields of economic anthropology and economic history will be evaluated, and the special methodological and theoretical problems of economic archaeology in this context, and its potential contribution, will be emphasized. Michael Dieter. Wed  1:00-3:50 (TS Wed 1:30-4:20)

47300. Historical Linguistics (=LING 21300/31300). Yaroslav Gorbachov. TuTh 10:30-11:50

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 students’ draft proposals.  Judith Farquhar.

Wed 1:30-4:20

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.  Kathleen Morrison. Wed 9:00-Noon (TS 9:30-12:20).

54415. Critical Anthropologies of Race. This reading seminar aims to examine how “race” has been theorized and ethnographically analyzed in anthropological scholarship. We will be attentive both to the place of race in anthropological thinking and its contributions as a critical analytic for the anthropological study of contemporary life and politics. How can we study race? What lens does it offer into social experience? What does it tell us about anthropological thought, practice, and epistemology? The course begins with an exploration of race in anthropology’s history. We will then move toward examinations of race’s intersections with broader social and political processes: gender, sex, class, colonialism, and the state, among others. While the readings tend to focus on US anthropology, urban settings, and modern African America, I have attempted to include literature on racial formations in other parts of the world. I have also attempted to alternate between theoretical work and more ethnographic engagements with race.  François Richard. Wed 12:00-2:50 (TS 12:30-3:20).

55030. Ethnographies of the Muslim World (=ISLM 42802, AASR 42802). An examination of contemporary theoretical issues in the anthropology of Islam through close readings of recent ethnographic monographs. Topics may include pious formation, embodiment and the senses, dreaming and the imagination, indeterminacy and religious aspiration, technological mediation, and globalization. Alireza Doostdar. Thurs. 11:00-2:00.

55605.  Regulalting Il/Licit Flows: State, Territoriality, Law. This course examines how changing state practices, legal norms and technical innovations have variously shaped the flows of people, goods, capital and information within and beyond the “national order of things.”  Drawing on anthropological theories and methods, we will explore both the historical genealogies and emergent forms of state sovereignty and territoriality and their relation to the production of “lawful” movements vis-à-vis illicit flows.  The course is divided into two parts.  Part I introduces students to anthropological approaches for analyzing the different spaces of state regulation (land, the seas, the market, checkpoints, refugee camps) while Part II focuses on the pragmatics and effects of law on the movement of various persons (citizens, refugees, migrants) and commodities (drugs, money, contraband). Julie Chu. Wed 4:30-7:20

55960.  AdvRdgs: Semiotics and Media.  Constantine Nakassis. Thurs 10:30-1:20

55974.  AdvRdgs: Frenchness. This course explores the conflicted histories underlying and disrupting modern constructions of “Frenchness.” These issues have come to the fore in the recent debates on multiculturalism launched by Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009, but they are echoed by many earlier moments of collective anxiety over who is or isn’t a French man or woman – speaking directly to the many exclusions, silences, and exceptions at the heart of the nation.  Using a perspective of the long-term linking France’s colonial past and its postcolonial present, we will interrogate the contradictions that have driven the various political projects informing the idea of French identity. In the course of our readings, we will critically examine France’s relationship to itself in the light of legal debates over citizenship, the Haitian and Algerian Revolutions, colonial humanism, republicanism, laïcité, Islam, university, sexuality, race, immigration and human rights, and liberal democracy. There is no language requirement for this course, but reading knowledge of French and oral comprehension are highly recommended. François Richard. Wed. 3:00-6:00 pm

57300.  Linguistic Anthropology Practicum. Justin Richland/Constantine Nakassis. Tues 1:30-4:20.