Graduate Courses — Autumn 2009

31210. Transnational Ritual (MAPS 32500) .Ritual theory made an essential contribution to the mid-20th century consolidation of 'symbolic anthropology' and its subsequent interventions in other human science fields, notably history and religious studies. Most of the paradigmatic studies and models in this anthropology of ritual treated cultural formations understood to be ethnically or nationally circumscribed. While some studies acknowledged multicultural actors and transnational contexts of performance, it can be argued that these dimensions of contemporary ritual practice were never sufficiently theorized as potentially constitutive and not just diffusive, variational, or aggregative. This course will explore manifestly transnational and intercultural performances of various sorts for their theoretical implications in ritual studies, including their impact on the stability of the concept of "ritual" itself. The course will be conducted as a seminar and is especially suited to those with developing projects in cultural performance and ritual studies. However, it can also serve to introduce students with little previous background to the main features of the classical anthropology of ritual.  John MacAloon. Mon 9:30-12:20.

32400. Introduction to Science Studies (=CHSS 32000). This course explores the interdisciplinary study of science as an enterprise. During the twentieth century, sociologists, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists all raised interesting and consequential questions about the sciences. Taken together, their various approaches came to constitute a field, science studies. The course provides an introduction to this field. Students will not only investigate how it coalesced and why, but will also experience the practical application of science-studies perspectives in asking and answering questions about science today. Among the topics we may examine are: the sociology of scientific knowledge and its applications; actor-network theories of science; constructivism and the history of science; images of normal and revolutionary science; and accounts of research in the commercial university. Karin Knorr Centina, Adrian Johns. Tues 10:30-1:20.

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. J. Masco. TuTh 1:30-4:20. Haskell 315.

34819. Anthropology and Literature: Dostoevsky & the Bible (=SCTH 32560). Focusing on the first half of The Brothers Karamazov (but parts of other works by Dostoevsky), we will align at least ten key passages with their relevant companions in The New Testament (for example, Alyoshas vision and The Feast at Cana [John 2]). How do close readings and comparison reciprocally enrich our understanding of both books regarding temptation and power, prostitution and adultery, guilt and despair, lust and eros, religious ecstasy and healing through ritual, sin and crime, love and hate, innocence and evil, faith and skepticism? About 80 pages of reading per week. Some reading in Dostoevskian and Biblical criticism. P. Friedrich. Fri 9:30-12:20. Open to undergraduates.

35010. Orality and Textuality (=HREL 33800, CLAS 38309). Bruce Lincoln. MonWed 9:00-10:20.

42415. Religions of/and Empire (=HREL 45500, CLAS 38209). Bruce Lincoln. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

42500. Anthropology of the Afro-Atlantic World (=CRPC 42500). Although originally pioneered, more than three generations ago, by scholars and critics such as C.L.R. James, Eric Williams, W.E.B. DuBois, or Walter Rodney, conceptions of an Atlantic World have only recently come to prominence in Anthropology. In the past decade, however, students of Africa and the Americas have increasingly begun to phrase their inquiries in terms transcending entrenched geographical divisions of labor within the social sciences, aiming to include Africa, the Americas, and, to a certain extent, Europe into a single analytic field. Parts of this course will be devoted to a concise introduction to some of the major theoretical positions within, and controversies surrounding the new Atlantic anthropology of Africa and its New World diasporas. After this, we will examine a number of recent monographs and/or major articles exemplifying the promises and pitfalls of theoretical conceptions and methodological procedures that attempt to go beyond mere transregional comparison or linear historical narratives about African influences, and aim at analytically situating specific ethnographic or historical scenarios within integrated perspectives on an "Afro-Atlantic World". S. Palmie . Wed 11:30-2:20

48100. Advanced Problems in Paleoanthropology (=EVOL 48100). This course includes tutorial museum, laboratory, and field studies on the hom­inoid fossil record and contextual information relevant to its interpretation. R. Tuttle. Autumn, Winter, Spring. Annually.

48500. Advanced Problems in Primate Locomotion and Comparative Morphology (=EVOL 48500). This course is a seminar and/or laboratory study of the morphological and behavioral adaptations of selected primates and implications for primate phylogeny. R. Tuttle. Autumn, Winter, Spring. Annually.

52200.   Proposal Preparation. Wm. Mazzarella. Moved to Winter 2010.

51040.  War and Translation: Alternative Models of Politics? The class wants to further elaborate and discuss the hypothesis that I had submitted in my 2004 essay Europe as Borderland (The Alexander von Humboldt Lecture in Human Geography, Institute for Human Geography, Universiteit Nijmegen, the construction of Europe as a political space whose  borders are essentially undefined is permanently torn between a polemological model (in which politics is seen as a continuation or a preparation of war because war is the characteristic effect of globalization) and a philological model (in which politics is seen as a collective attempt of communities at elaborating the codes which make it possible to translate the untranslatable, or inventing a regime of circulation between cultures). I want to (partially) separate this question from its local reference to Europe and trace a genealogy (conceptual, historical) of the competing models of Politics as War and Politics as Translation which also involve antithetic anthropologies, in order to assess their relevance for contemporary debates on cosmopolitics. Etienne Balibar. Course meets MonWed 5:00-7:50 pm from Sept 30-October 28. EB wants no more than 20 intending to take the course for a real grade but is happy to have auditors up to the number that can fit into the Wilder House seminar room.

58805. Alterity and Power: Stranger-Kings and Affinal Kin. Explores the title topics (stranger-kings, kinship, alterity, power) in general theorization and as played out historically (with some emphasis on Alexander the Great) and in multiple world areas: in the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Mainland States of South and Southeast Asia, the Inner Asian Borderlands, Africa, the Americas, and ancient Ireland (PQ PhD Students only. Cap at 25.) Marshall Sahlins. ThTu 12:00-1:20