Graduate Courses — Spring 2010

34814. Anthropology and Literature: World Poetry (=SCTH 32720). 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: Tang 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. Rothenburgs Technicians of the Sacred, E. Weinbergers Anthropology of Classic Chinese Poetry. P. Friedrich. Thurs 9:00-11:50.

34821. Crime and Punishment and the Critics (=SCTH 32511, RUSS 32403). PQ Open to graduate students and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates) In addition to the usual format of close reading (here about 60 pages per week) and connections of this book to life today, there will be readings and discussions of about ten articles or chapters of criticism (e.g., Anderson, Frank) and Janet Tuckers book on Crime and Punishment (2008). P. Friedrich. Fri 9:30-12:20

37202. Language in Culture-2 (=Ling 31200, Psyc 47002). PQ: Must be taken in sequence. This is the second part of a two-quarter sequence about the role of language in culture. Building on the first quarter's discussions of the interactional order, this quarter's class explores the semiotics of sociocultural differentiation in institutions such as schools, nations, colonial projects and liberal polities, and the simultaneous construction of those very institutions through modes of linguistic interaction. The more general aim is to investigate the constitutive role of language and semiotic figuration in sociopolitical processes. 
      We start with the notion of ideologyand specifically language ideology, within the scholarly tradition of ideological critique. Language ideologies shape understandings of language and interaction by users -- both professional and non-expert -- and shape assumptions about the supposedly "natural" indexicality of linguistic forms. Language ideologies are both embedded in practices and reflexive of them; they are pervaded by the moral and political positions within a social field. To study language ideologies is to explore the nexus of language, culture and politics. We thus examine the repesentations “ implicit and explicit “ that create languages role in a social and cultural world, and that are themselves acts within it.           
     The metapragmatic/ ideological regimentation of language in use gives rise to forms of shifting "subjectivity" or inhabitable identities. The course therefore takes up the processes by which identities are produced, and critically examines a number of concepts that have been the traditional subject matter of sociolinguistics, such as: "language" "dialect" "register" speech communitycodeand standardization.We treat these as normative cultural constructs -- folk concepts as well as scientific ones. How are these implicated in nation-building, state-making, colonialism, and other aspects of "modernity" as a discursive project?   The course also explores boundary practices: multilingualism, translation, register-formation, and codeswitching. These require some understanding of circulation (interdiscursivity) and locality" as part of global capitalist flows. We end with a look at historical change in linguistic norms, integrating the synchronic and diachronic in real-time interactions and institutions. What is the role of linguists own ideologies in these processes? Susan Gal. Wed. 12:30-3:20.

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.   J. Farquhar. Wed. 9:30-12:20.

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. William Mazzarella. Tues, 9:00-11:50.

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. Shannon Dawdy. Fri, 1:30-4:20

54505. Ideology (=PLSC 51800). Lisa Wedeen

55020.   Anthropological Readings on Contemporary Islam. Hussein Agrama. Wed 3:30-6:20.

55605. Regulating 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-a-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. Tues 4:30-7:20

55700. Tradition, Temporality and Authority. The opposition between modernity and tradition, and between modern and traditional societies, has long been questioned within social theory. But many of the crucial presuppositions that made this opposition seem initially plausible still remain, having gone largely unexplored and unquestioned. Nowhere is this more evident than in the scholarship on Islam and the Middle East. In this seminar, we look into some of these presuppositions, especially ones about time and history. Going between texts in history and philosophy and ethnographies of Islam, we will attempt to rethink the idea of tradition by exploring the links between ideas of temporality, authority, and embodiment. Hussein Agrama. Tues. 1:30-4:20

57717. Linguistic Anthropology Seminar: Identities in the Pluri-lingual and Pluri-registered State (=Ling 57717). In this seminar we will begin by examining some of the analytic constructs that seem to prove useful in the understanding of how people   perform identities in discursive interaction, in particular where issues of multiple denotational codes (a.k.a., languages) and multiple enregisterments of indexical variability are essentially implicated. But individuals as social personae of particular languaged states do not simply perform identities in detached microcontexts of role-relationality. Hence the pun above on ˜state, since social groups mediated via their relations to the state form are so very much in evidence, whether the plurilingual state in which ethnolinguistic majoritarian and minoritarian groups are discernible, or the pluriregistral non-state pursuing projects of standardization in the face of multiple and sometimes competing dimensions of linguistic variability. So the problem for this seminar is to examine the adequacy of current studies of identitarian presuppositions and entailments of language in use under such sociopolitical conditions, hoping that a critique sharpens our empirical and analytic sensibilities for pursuing our own projects. M. Silverstein, ARR