Graduate Courses - Autumn 2012

ANTH 20405/30405.  Anthropology of Dis/Ability (=MAPS 36900, CHDV 30405, SOSC 36900, HMRT 25210/35210). This seminar undertakes to explore “dis/ability” from an anthropological perspective that recognizes it as a socially constructed concept with implications for our understanding of fundamental issues about culture, society, and individual differences. The course will explore a wide range of theoretical, legal, ethical and policy issues as they relate to the experiences of persons with disabilities, their families, and advocates. At the conclusion of the course, participants will make presentation on fieldwork projects conducted during the quarter.  Morris Fred Thurs 3:00-5:50.

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

21318.  Modern Readings: Language, Politics and Identity in the US. This course explores the interrelationships of language, politics, and identity in the United States: the ways that language mediates politics and identity, the ways that the connection between identity and language is inherently political, and the ways that political language inevitably draws on identity in both subtle and explicit ways. Many of the connections between language, politics, and identity have been naturalized to the extent that they seem intuitive and obscure their own social and historical contingency; this course aims to denaturalize those connections by analyzing their ideological underpinnings, revealing their cultural specificity and exploring their ramifications. In the process, the course provides a beginner’s overview of a linguistic anthropological approach to studying culture. Readings are balanced between historical studies, ethnography, and anthropological, sociological, and sociolinguistic theory. Topics that are covered include: the performative dimensions of politics and identity (including, but not limited to, gender and race); the historical notion of the “public sphere,” whom it might exclude, and how; the connections between attempts to reform and police language and attempts to reform and police citizens; and the ways that people use language to create and undermine solidarity, intimacy, distance, and authority, at both the macro level of formal politics and the micro level of everyday, interpersonal “politics.” A major focus of the course is applying concepts to current events, in class discussion and assignments.  Elise Kramer. Mon 3:00-5:50 pm

21607.  Reading Ethnographies in Legal Anthropology: Rethinking the Horizons of the Law.    This course conducts a broad overview of anthropological studies of law, constructed in two parts. In Part I we will examine classical works establishing the study of law as an avenue to anthropological knowledge (Maine, Durkheim, Weber), as well as early ethnographic accounts of law in non-Western societies (Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Pospisil etc). Part II begins with the shift in legal anthropology during the late 1960s-70s, from discovering and categorizing legal rules to understanding law as a social process (Nader, Comaroff & Roberts) and includes a brief exploration of law in postcolonial societies. We end with the resolution of the “processual turn,” in late 1980s, when anthropological studies of law looked to domains of dispute resolution rather than a formal legal apparatus for insights on social self-governance. Interspersed throughout the course will be a discussion of the relevance of the ethnographic method to the study of law, especially in the form of the extended case study. This line of questioning will be especially productive given contemporary impulses toward a global language and theory of justice that have sparked counter-movements committed to representing and reformulating law in accordance with particular conceptions of culture.  Deepa Das Acevedo.  MonWed 10:30-11:50

22140/34140.  Digital Socialities. Digital media are often credited with a utopian potential to completely transform politics and society.  This class critically examines claims made for the internet and social media from an anthropological perspective that sees technology as deeply connected to history, place, and everyday social life.  We will simultaneously consider the role that digital media play in widespread social imaginaries and ask questions about how new channels of communication contribute to new forms of interpersonal relationships, political participation, and community.  Key topics to be considered include: media ideologies, virtual publics, networking logics, digital intimacies, and the language of social media.   Susanne Cohen.  TuTh 9:00-10:20

22820. Migration and Marginality (=INST 29245) “We wanted workers; we got people instead,” remarked Swiss novelist Max Frisch during a radio interview in 1972. He was referring specifically to the postwar German experience with Turkish guestworkers, but today his aphorism applies to practically any immigration regime in the world. The costs and benefits of international migration have been hotly debated for centuries, but only in recent generations has its effects been so manifest for so many of the world’s people. According to the UN Population Division, about 3% of the world’s population lives and works outside their country of birth, a 30% increase in little over a decade. Whether you live in a big city or rural enclave, in the Americas, Europe, Africa, or Asia, it is likely that you come in regular contact with people born elsewhere, who look, speak, and think differently than you do. Whether or not you are the migrant in that encounter, you are both part of a global system of production and exchange that is shaping your material conditions of existence.

           This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the socioeconomic, political, and cultural dynamics of inequality that have influenced the international movement of people within this system. Students will be exposed to major controversies and policy developments in the field from the late Nineteenth century to the present. Though every world region will be touched upon, an emphasis on unfolding debates in the United States and France will provide an in-depth, comparative frame of reference.  Lisa Simeone. TuTh 1:30-2:50

23060. Race in Latin American and Caribbean Thought (=LACS 28643, CRES 27319, HIST 26210)  This course examines classic Caribbean (and, to a lesser extent, Latin American) theorizations of race using the fundamental concepts of “mestizaje” and “négritude” as thematic threads.  These concepts, under different names, have structured classic Latin American and Caribbean social thought and represent to major ways of reacting to dominant Eurocentric racist ideologies: embracing and celebrating either racial and cultural hybridity (mestizaje) or racial and cultural African connections (négritude).  This course allows students to read and discuss influential texts by Caribbean and Latin American intellectuals that have had a strong public impact in their region and beyond.  After examining readings from continental Latin American writers, the course provides a critical discussion of different statements on hybridity and négritude by major thinkers from the Spanish-, English-, and French-speaking Caribbean.  Major overlapping themes will be the role of mestizaje and négritude ideologies in nationalism and anti-colonialism, and their relationship to politics, class, and capitalism.  The course treats these thinkers not as mere objects of study, but as legitimate intellectual interlocutors that can enrich our understanding of the world.  João Felipe Gonçalves.  Wed 3:00-5:50.

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. 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.  FG Richard. TuTh 9:00-10:20;  J. Saville. TuTh 1:30-2:50; R. Jean-Baptiste TuTh 10:30-11:50.

24101-24102. Introduction to the Civilization of South Asia, I, II (= SALC 20100-20200, HIST 10800-10900, SASC 2000-20100, 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 Autumn  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.  Muzaffer Alam. MW 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.

25200.  Approaches to Gender in Anthropology CANCELED (=GNSE 25201). This course examines gender as a cultural category in anthropological theory, as well as in everyday life. After reviewing the historical sources of the current concern with women, gender, and sexuality in anthropology , we critically explore some key controversies. These include:  (1)  the relationship between production and reproduction in different sociocultural orders; (2)  "public" and "private" in current politics; (3) the body and sexualities;  (4) work and emotional experience in a globalizing world;  (5) consumption and desire;  (7) language, communication and the construction of masculinity and femininity; (8) gender in postcolonial discourse.  Susan Gal  CANCEL – Moved to Winter 2013.

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.

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 9:00-11:50  Haskell Mezz 102 (or 101).

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. Susan Gal. TuTh 1:30-2:50

40210.  The Global Corporation. Corporations are ubiquitous in contemporary social life, but have rarely been the object of sustained anthropological study.  When corporations do make an appearance they are generally subsumed under all-encompassing explanatory frameworks such as “the world system,” “globalization,” and “neoliberalism.”  This graduate seminar interrogates anthropological approaches to the global corporation with a stress on the unexpected consequences of global corporate ties on everyday practices and social relations at work and beyond.  Rather than taking the powers of global corporations for granted, we will work towards situating new configurations of inequality, practice, and meaning within multiple scales, histories, and paths of circulation.  Susanne Cohen.  Wed.

42430.  Millennialism and Apocalyptic (=HREL 43701). Bruce Lincoln. MW 9:30-10:20.

47615.  Citationality and Performativity. This class explores the concept of citationality—the (meta)semiotic form and quality of reflexive interdiscursive practices—and its relationship to various social forms and formations. Particular focus is given to the citational form of performativity and the performativity of citational acts. In the first part of the class we explore issues of reflexivity and (meta)semiosis through Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotic and its reformulation by linguistic anthropology. We then turn to J. L. Austin’s discussion of performativity, Jacques Derrida’s critique of speech act theory, and Judith Butler’s reading of Derrida. The second part of the class explores various forms of citationality, including reported speech; gender performativity; forms of negation and disavowal; mimicry, passing, and pretending; mockery and parody; and commodity and brand fetishes. Constantine Nakassis  Tues 1:30-4:20

56515. The Underworld: Archaeology of Crime and Informal Economies. Archaeology often claims to substantiate undocumented histories.  In such a view, almost any kind of archaeology performs a type of forensics of informal social and economic processes.  We will take an epistemological look at the most literal examples – archaeological interpretations of criminal acts and informal and/or illegal economic practices.  Readings will span from classic foundations of economic anthropology and economic archaeology to the artifactual evidence used to interpret felicide, smuggling, prostitution, and contemporary war crimes.  The central questions around which this student-led seminar will focus are: what are the evidentiary logics of archaeology?; what is at stake in parsing social and economic practices into 'formal' and 'informal' domains?; and what are the challenges and potentials of doing an archaeology of practices intended to leave no trace?   Shannon Dawdy. Thurs 9:00-11:50.

58600. Social Theory of the City. This graduate seminar explores various historical, sociological and anthropological theories of cities.  The course analyzes major theoretical frameworks concerned with urban forms, institutions and experience as well as particular instances of city development from pre-modern to contemporary periods.  The seminar will consist of initial orienting lectures, discussion of selected texts concerned with social theories of the city, and presentation of research projects by class participants. Alan Kolata. Wed 1:30-4:20  Moved to Winter 2013