Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Autumn 2011

20701-20702. Introduction to African Civilization I, II  (=AFAM 20701-20702, CHDV 21401 [20702], HIST 10101-10102, SOSC 22500-22600) PQ. Completion of the general education requirement in social sciences recommended. Taking these courses in sequence is recommended but not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. African Civilization introduces students to African history in a two-quarter sequence. Part One considers literary, oral, and archeological sources to investigate African societies and states from the early iron age through the emergence of the Atlantic World: cases studies include the empires of Ghana and Mali, and Great Zimbabwe. The course also treats the diffusion of Islam, the origins and effects of European contact, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Part Two takes a more anthropological focus, concentrating on Eastern and Southern Africa, including Madagascar. We explore various aspects of colonial and postcolonial society. Topics covered include the institution of colonial rule, ethnicity and interethnic violence, ritual and the body, love,   marriage, money, youth and popular culture. This course sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. Completion of the general education requirement in social sciences recommended. Taking these courses in sequence is recommended but not required.  E. Osborn, Autumn, J. Cole, Winter. MW 1:30-2:50

 21264/31910.  Intensive Study of a Culture: Political Struggles of Highland Asia. A s Edmund Leach noted in a later edition of The Political Systems of Highland Burma, massive changes largely occasioned by outside forces reshaped political relations in the later twentieth century. And not just in Highland Burma. This course compares political trajectories of societies across the arc of the Himalayan Highlands, from Burma to Afghanistan. From World War II, through decolonization and the cold war, and via many and disparate counterinsurgency campaigns, conflict and violence has marked the region, big states and small, old states and new. This course compares the recent political regimes, struggles and fortunes of Burma, Northeast India, Nepal, Tibet, and Afghanistan. J.D. Kelly. TuTh 1:30-2:50.

21315.  Modern Readings in Anthropology: The Global Factory. This course merges the anthropology of labor and industrial studies by examining the “factory” as a type of figure in many contemporary societies: a place of work and identity, a zone for the creation of value, and a metaphor for social life. To this end, the course arches from early industrial philosophy and mass-production, to anthropologists' attempts before WWII to reform the factory, to the globalization of the factory and its effects on diverse communities, and to the factory form's translation into new arenas ranging from service work to food production. By reading ethnographies and cultural histories of the factory, we will also think about how industrialization has influenced society beyond the factory gates, promising to “modernize” the conduct of everyday life. As such, we seek to come to an understanding of the factory as an ideological form in addition to an economic space, a place where culture and capitalism collide. As a whole, then, this course argues against the idea that the globalization of the factory will soon render social life and culture homogenous the world over. Instead, we will gradually unpack some of the factory's dominant archetypes – “clock time”, “standardization”, “wage labor”, “management”, “machine” – as they differ in application and understanding across time, regions, cultures, and spheres of production. Along the way, students can expect an ethnographically-inflected introduction to work and labor studies, capitalism, gender studies, and globalization. A. Blanchette. MonWed. 12:00-1:20.

21316.  Modern Readings in Anthropology: Militarization.  The military, in all its particular manifestations, is one of the key institutions of modernity. While it has long been a central topic of study in the disciplines of history and political science, it is only relatively recently that anthropologists have begun to examine the military ethnographically. This course will focus on these ethnographic accounts in order to analyze the role of the military in the formation of both the modern subject and the modern nation-state. How does the military shape our conceptions and experiences of the modern world and of ourselves? In turn, how is the military itself shaped by social forces and cultural categories? How does the militarization of the subject and the nation-state play out on the ground, and in what ways might anthropology be particularly useful in examining these processes? Finally, what are the consequences of a closer relationship between anthropology and the military?

The first sections of this course will focus on the articulation of the military and the modern subject, in particular the ways in which the military shapes and is shaped by notions of gender, class and race. The middle sections of the course will examine the increasing militarization of the nation-state, in particular the construction of militarized nations and the production of state security. We will also examine the neoliberal privatization of military labour, and the consequences this might have for state power. The final sections of the course will examine the militarization of anthropology itself, specifically examining anthropology’s involvement in military operations and the responses to that involvement from within the discipline.  S. May. TuTh 12:00-1:20.

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.  Emilio Kouri. MW 1:30-2:50.

 24001-24002-24001. Colonizations I, II, III (=CRPC 24001-24002-24003, HIST 18301-18302-18203, SOSC 24001-24002-24003).  PQ: These course 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.  J. Saville. MW 1:30-2:50; R. Jean-Baptiste TuTh 1:30-2:50.

24320/35110  Cultural Psychology (=CHDV 21000/31000, PSYC 2300/33000, HDCP 41050, GNDR 21001/31001, AMER 33000) There is a substantial portion of the psychological nature of human beings that is neither homogeneous nor fixed across time and space.  At the heart of the discipline of cultural psychology is the tenet of psychological pluralism, which states that the study of "normal" psychology is the study of multiple psychologies and not just the study of a single or uniform fundamental psychology for all peoples of the world.  Research findings in cultural psychology thus raise provocative questions about the integrity and value of alternative forms of subjectivity across cultural groups.  In this course we analyze the concept of "culture" and examine ethnic and cross-cultural variations in mental functioning with special attention to the cultural psychology of emotions, self, moral judgment, categorization and reasoning. R. ShwederTuTh 3:00-4:20

25105. Local Bodies, Global Capital: Speculative, Scientific and Spectral Economies (INST 27501). The project of this class is to examine the relationship between global capital and local bodies, or put differently to look at the implications of economic forms for particular people’s experience and forms of bodily existence. The class will read divergently critical theories of “capitalism” and some historically-situated field materials, to ask how critical insights travel across speculative, scientific, and, spectral – occult or uncanny – domains of economic practice. The class will examine some local sites of multinational capital investment, production, and circulation: from factory floors to marketplaces, from transnational scientific research to pharmaceutical marketing. In order to better grasp local bodies, the class will pay special attention to biomedical and pharmaceutical industries that emerged as a major locus of global capital investment, as well as read for the existential and bodily complaints voiced around the globe in relation to the shared economic conditions. By examining comparatively some particular health disorders, incidents, and interventions, the class will ask: How are ways of being, feeling, and thinking determined by the abstract global power of capital? How are local bodies and economies implicated in the global dynamics? How can we speak critically of “global capital” in the face of its contingent configurations: scientific, spectral and speculative? How do local bodies and subjectivities negotiate temporalities, commodities, forms of knowledge, domination, mediation and discipline that are associated with the dynamics of global capital? Can we grasp a shared global condition which is capitalism from the vantage point of some particular local lives? L. Jasarevic. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

25710/35710.  Global Society and Global Culture: Paradigms of Social and Cultural Analysis (=SOCI 20169/30169). This course will introduce students to major theories of globalization and to core approaches to global society and global culture. We will discuss micro- and macroglobalization, cultural approaches to globalization, systems theory, discourse approaches and the strong program in globalization studies. Topics include a section on the ethnography of the global, empirical studies that illustrate the interest and feasibility of globalization studies and critical studies of dimensions of globalization. Karin Knorr Cetina. Mon 12:30-3:20

26025/36025. Archaeology of the Contemporary?: Late Modernity and Material Culture (=MAPS 36000).   From abandoned council flats to the Ground Zero World Trade Center site, scholars are attempting to understand the material remains of the very recent past in context by using the methodology of archaeological “excavation.” These archaeologies of the contemporary past make familiar items unfamiliar as they explore material residues of late capitalist, post-industrial societies and beyond, participating in what Cornelius Holtorf calls the merging of “archaeology in the modern world with the archaeology of the modern world.” This course is designed to interrogate the aims and utility of such archaeological projects, their epistemic claims, and the interdisciplinary repercussions of this turn.R.S. Graff, MonWed 1:30-2:50.

26710/36710.  Ancient Landscapes-1: GIS and Landscapes (=NEAA 20061/30061; GEOG 25400/35400; ANST 22600).  This course, along with Ancient Landscapes II in the Winter Quarter, will expose students to numerous spatial theories underlying studies of ancient and historical landscapes.  It will also provide students with practical experience in the methodologies and GIS tools that can be used to collect and analyze spatial data within these landscapes.  As such it is relevant to anyone who wishes to analyze data about and within the landscape in their spatial and temporal contexts.  The course has both a classroom and a laboratory component.  The classroom component consists of lectures and discussions while the laboratory component will allow students to get involved applying the concepts discussed in class through the hands on use of GIS software.  That said, the course is not a simple introduction to GIS, but rather enables students to use GIS software for advanced analysis of landscapes. Scott Branting. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

27510.  Language and Temporality: Ethnographies of Time.  How does language create our sense of time, and our conviction that there is/are pasts, presents and futures?  How are quite different forms of time (in conjunction with space) constructed by language ideologies and enacted in familiar and exotic interactional events?  National time and memory, narrative time, historical time, romantic time, diagetic time, diasporic time, global time, institutional time, and many others  -- have all been proposed and discussed in recent ethnographies. They all require mediation by linguistic or broadly semiotic form and action. The class will start with some theoretical discussion of semiotic tools for analyzing temporality and then read a series of recent ethnographies that take up these issues in depth.S. Gal. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

29500/59500.  Archaeology Lab Practicum  (PQ Only w/ Consent of Instructor) This is a hands-on lab practicum course in which students will be exposed to various stages of artifact processing on a collection from a recently excavated site, including: washing, sorting, flotation, identification, data entry, analysis, report preparation and curation.  The primary requirement is that students commit to a minimum of 9 hours of lab work per week, with tasks assigned according to immediate project needs.  In addition, undergraduates will be required to submit a final writing assignment researching one artifact (or group of related artifacts) while graduate students will be required to make a specific contribution to the project report, as assigned by the instructor. F.G. Richard, ARR  SuAWSp.

29700. Readings in Anthropology. PQ: Consent of instructor and program chairman. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. At the discretion of the instructor, this course is available for either Pass or letter grading. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. Preparation of Bachelor's Essay. PQ: Consent of instructor and program chairman. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. At the discretion of the instructor, this course is available for either Pass or letter grading. For honors requirements, consult the honors section under Program Requirements. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

 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.

34101-02. Development of Social/Cultural Theory-I (200 units) PQ: Open only to first-year Anthropology graduate students. This course is designed for students beginning graduate study in anthropology.  It is intended to provide a broad perspective on the history of social theory in the West, and critical skills for reading in and contributing to social and cultural theory.  We will use the history of theorizing about society and culture as a means to discuss the past, present, and future of anthropology and its relations with other scientific and humanistic disciplines.   W. Mazzarella. TuTh 9:00-Noon.  Haskell 101.

34826.  Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Spain (=SCTH 32931).   P. Friedrich. Open to undergraduates.

35005.  Classical Theories of Religion (HREL 32900, AASR 32900). C. Wedemeyer. MW 10:00-11:20.

37201. Language in Culture-1 (LING 3110, Psych 47001).  Must be taken in sequence.  This is a two-quarter sequence to introduce some of the central theoretical issues involved in the semiotic, cognitive and sociopolitical study of language in its contexts of communicative “use.”  By developing and using semiotic concepts, the first quarter concentrates on two major problems that organize a vast literature and diverse theoretical approaches.  The first problem is to understand interpersonal communication is carried on in-and-by the medium of language.   Such communication manifests itself both in an orderly, or at least ‘(non-in)coherent’ unfolding of information and in the structured and culturally consequential social action that is accomplished in-and-by that unfolding.  The second problem is to understand how language is a medium of and factor in so-called ‘conceptual’ representations or mental “knowledge.”  There are various sources of such knowledge ‘coded’ in the forms of language, and this diversity reveals the modes of semiosis of which language is composed at its various planes.  We concentrate in particular on the semiotic characterization of dialectially emergent “cultural knowledge” or “cultural conceptualization,”  the nature of which is a current research frontier between social and cognitive sciences, between modernist and post-modernist humanities. Michael Silverstein. WedFri 9:30-11:20

43700.  Weber, Veblen and Genealogies of Global Capitalism. Two intellectual traditions have dominated discussion of the history of capitalism:  classical to neo-classical economics, and Marxism.  This course searches for other possibilities.  It focuses on critical comparative reading of Thorstein Veblen's theory of the late modern "new order" and Max Weber's comparative sociology, but will also read widely among other authors, including Simmel, Sombart, Mahan, Tolstoy and Gandhi.  Questions to engage will include: relations between capital, the state, and military force (between means of production and means of coercion); commerce in Asia before European colonialism and the rise of colonial plantations and monopoly trading companies; types of capital, the rise and spread of joint-stock companies, stock markets, and capitalist corporations; the "new order," decolonization and the nation-state.  J.D. Kelly. TuTh 9:00-10:20.

52500.  Interpretation of Ritual. B. Lincoln. TuTh 9:00-10:20.

54100.  Professionalization Seminar.  PQ: Open only to post-field Anthropology students preparing for the job market.  Seminar addresses a number of topics relevant to entering the job market and developing professionalization as an anthropologist:  CV, job ads and  letters, campus interviews, publication, transition to being a faculty member, toward tenure, etc.  Silverstein.  Tues 2:00-4:30 pm

 Anthro 57718  LingAnth Sem: Politics of Translation: Circulations and Commensurations Across Social Domains.  Ethnography has long been considered the “translation” of cultures, but the process of translation has not often been closely examined in anthropology.  Since the middle of the 20th century it has been problematized by philosophy of science, in which incommensurability between “paradigms” was thought to block translation across them, undermining the possibility of progress.  Similarly, the politics of multiculturalism in many parts of the globe has revived Herderian notions of cultures as “monads” between which there is only miscommunication, apparently undermining the founding assumptions of liberalism.  Cultural, ethical, epistemic and linguistic “relativity” were the labels for discussing such matters in earlier decades. Today, these concepts are increasingly problematic as anthropology engages with the ubiquitous facts of circulation:  in addition to objects, materials and commodities, financial instruments, discourses, media, methods, theories, political movements, institutional arrangements all seem to “travel” across space-time, seeming to contradict assumptions of cultural incommensurability.  This course asks:  How (if at all) do cultural “objects” come to be measured by similar metrics (i.e. commensurated), and/or equated in meaning (i.e. translated) so that they are taken up, recognized, reanimated, imitated in diverse locations and thus seem to travel and circulate.  We start with the hypothesis that there are semiotic processes and practices by which translation and commensuration are achieved, fought over, and/or rejected. What are they?  Especially: How are the social worlds, “objects,” personae and sites of commensuration/translation themselves transformed by these processes.  The strategy of the course is to start with practices of linguistic translation, as these are among the mediators of virtually all other commensuration processes. We explore how far linguistic and semiotic practices at language boundaries in specific sociohistorical and ideological circumstances can help illuminate other forms of commensuration and boundary work. What are the implications of these processes for the practice of anthropology?  S. Gal  Thurs. 1:30-4:20 pm