Graduate Courses — Spring 2006

32003. Topics in Native North America: Black Indians (=MAPS 32000). This course covers 500 years of African, African-American and Native American relations omitted or obfuscated in much of the American historical record. Photographic and oral historic evidence will help to fill in some of the gaps; biographical sketches will personalize the historical narrative. The chronological structure of the course is complemented by weeks presentations of ongoing research on recognized Black Indians.  R. Fogeslon, AT Straus, Fri 1:30-4:20.

32103. Culture and Power, Part II: Subjectivities (=HUDV 32213). In this class, the second quarter of the two part sequence Culture, Power, Subjectivity, we focus closely on the question of subjectivity and the formation of subjects, and how these questions have been addressed in contemporary social theory. Readings will include Althusser, Foucault, Butler, Bakhtin, and Voloshinov, among others. The goal of the class will be both for students to acquire a basic familiarity with diverse approaches to the question of how subjects and subjectivity are formed. Given the fundamental tension between post-structuralist approaches and the assumptions about subjectivity derived from psychological anthropology, one of the goals of the class will be to think about if any bridging between these approaches is either possible or desirable. Jennifer Cole. Wed. 3:00-5:50.

34814. Anthropology and Literature: World Poetry. This course will explore fundamentals of poetry and poetics on a world basis: the music of language, theory of tropes, poetry and myth, linguistic-poetic relativism, the unique individual, sociopolitical context, the moral intention of the poet, metaphysical questions, and so forth. The four poetic worlds to be central this year are: T'ang Chinese (e.g., Tu Fu), Russian (i.e., Pushkin), native American (e.g. Quechua, Eskimo), and three American poets (Dickenson, Frost, Hughes). Brief introductions to other poetic worlds (e.g., Villon, Baudelaire, haiku). Texts to be used in part: J. Rothenburg's Technicians of the Sacred, E. Weinberger's Anthropology of Classic Chinese Poetry. Paul Friedrich. Fri 9:30-12:20.

37302. Phonology II (=LING 20900/30900). PQ: Anthro 373. The principles of generative phonology are introduced and studied in detail, emphasizing the role of formalism and abstractness in phonological analysis. The emphasis is on Sound Pattern of English theory, with brief discussion of more recent autosegmental and metrical models. Jason Riggle. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

37500. Morphology (=LING 21000/31000). PQ: Anthro 373. This course deals with linguistic structure and patterning beyond the phono¬logical level, primarily from a structuralist point of view. It concentrates on analysis of grammatical and formal oppositions and their structural relation¬ships and interrelationships. J. Sadock. MW 3:00-4:20.

39001-02. Archaeological Theory/Method. PQ: Required for first-and second-year graduate students in archaeology; open to undergraduates only with consent of instructor; this course carries 200 units of credit. This course provides an intensive critical orientation to the logics of archaeological interpretation and aesthetics of archaeographic representation from the 19th century to the present. Students will engage in close readings of canonical theoretical texts in order to track the major philosophical shifts in the discipline from its antiquarian origins through postmodernity. Simultaneously, we will examine the reports from a group of landmark research projects in order to document how theory was put into practice. In addition to lectures and discussion sessions, students will conduct a series of debates intended to expose the central tenets underlying the primary paradigm shifts of the last century. Kathleen Morrison. TuTh 1:30-4:20

40801. Memory Practices (=HUDV 30801/40801). PQ Undergrads w/ consent of instructor. This course considers the social, psychological and cultural underpinnings of memorythat elusive faculty which is so central to the constitution of self and social life. We will start the class with an introduction to several coreways of thinking about memory: as structured by social groups (Halbwachs), as a cognitivecapability (Bartlett, Neisser), and as an important part of the human psycho-dynamic makeup (Freud and his interlocutors) and as embodied practice (Connerton/Mauss/Bourdieu). Having sketched out some tools for thinking about memory, we will move on to consider the variety of different kinds of memory, and how memory is constituted through diverse social practices, the effect of different kinds of technology on memory, and the role of memory in social and political struggle. Jennifer Cole. Tues 9:00-11:50

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 Palmie. Tues 1:30-4:20

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. Judith Farquhar. Fri 10:30-1:20.

47300. Historical Linguistics (=LING 21300/31300). A. Yu. TuTh 10:30-11;50

52200. Proposal Preparation. Michael Silverstein. ARR

52210. Archaeological Research Design. Shannon Dawdy. Fri 1:30-4:20.

57210. Honorification in Interaction (HDUV 41001, LING 57210). Linguistic honorification is one most obvious ways culture and social structure are encoded in language. Lexical and morphological aspects of language structure in particular are regularly ideologized locally and by linguists as having to do with the negotiation of respect, politeness, and hierarchical status differentiation. Such forms and their meanings have been richly documented, yet there has been relatively little examination of honorifics in actual socially situated language use until quite recently. The purpose of this course is to consider how our understanding of linguistic honorifics is altered by examination of the use of linguistic honorifics in face to face interaction. We will address some concepts that have shaped current understandings of honorifics, such as speech style, speech register, and the concept of honorifics itself. We will then examine recent examples of research on honorifics in face to face interaction and also engage in a collaborative analysis of transcripts of the use of Tongan chiefly lexical honorifics in several kinds of public institutional settings in Polynesian Tonga. Issues include the relations between language ideologies and language use, the relations between linguistic honorification and other semiotic systems, and the links between the strategic use of honorifics and broader sociocultural processes such as ethnic identity construction and nation state building processes. Susan Philips. Wed 1:30-4:20.

57709. Linguistic Anthropology Seminar: Linguistic Anthropology of Qualia: Iconicity, Indexicality, Iconic Indexicality. Michael Silverstein. ARR

58900. Archaeology of Ritual, Religion, and Ideology. This course presents an intensive study of archaeological approaches to ritual practice, religious symbols, and ideological worldviews within a comparative cross-cultural framework. Students will examine key theoretical paradigms in the anthropology of religion (from Durkheim to Bloch and beyond) while probing the ways in which inferences on social process, political structures, and prehistoric belief systems can be made from ritual contexts preserved in the material record. Therefore, emphasis will be placed on critically evaluating both archaeological methods deployed in the analysis of ancient ritual as well as theoretical formulations commonly proposed by archaeologists to interpret the material signatures of ceremonial activity. Themes addressed in the course include: a critique of functionalist interpretations of prehistoric religion popular in current archaeological research; the intersection of power and ritual experience; the materialization of religious performance and the aesthetics of ideological production; ritual as a technology of production; and the archaeological investigation of extant world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism (with a particular focus on the potential political controversies posed by such research). Edward Swenson. Tues 10:30-1:20.