Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Autumn 2015

ANTH 20420/30420. Anthropology of Olympic Sport (=MAPS 47501). John MacAloon. Wed 1:30-4:20

20701-20702. Introduction to African Civilization I, II. (=AFAM 20701-20702, CHDV 21401 [20702], HIST 10101-10102, SOSC 22500-22600) 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. This year the African Civilization Sequence focuses primarily on the colonial encounter, with some attention, in the second quarter, to everyday life in the contemporary period. The first quarter focuses on West, North, and Central Africa. The second quarter focuses on Eastern and Southern Africa, including Madagascar. We explore various aspects of how the colonial encounter transformed local societies, even as indigenous African social structures profoundly molded and shaped these diverse processes. Topics include the institution of colonial rule, independence movements, ethnicity and interethnic violence, ritual and the body, love, marriage, money, and popular culture.  E. Osborn Autumn. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

21327. Anthropology of Labor. On the surface, labor seems to be such a ubiquitous fact of life as to be altogether unremarkable.  In one form or another, most of us will spend the majority of our lives engaged in labor.  Yet, how do we know when an activity is labor or not?  Can gathering, thinking or speaking count as labor?  How does an action come to be seen as labor, and when and for whom is it labor?   This course seeks to answer these questions and deepen cultural accounts of economic practice by training attention on this ubiquitous but underspecified activity.   The course begins with classic concerns about the nature of labor, and then moves to questions about the cultural dimensions of productive activity. Rather than assume the success of a capitalist logic of action in which labor is universal, the readings suggest that what counts as labor is a contingent result of the cultural determinations of forms of action.  With this framework we will analyze a number of different forms of labor both temporally distinct (Fordism to flexible accumulation), as well as in different ethnographic locations (factories, fields, offices).  Throughout the course we will develop nuanced modes of analysis for thinking through labor’s abstraction under capitalism in ways that do not foreclose the culturally specific modes in which labor is deployed, compensated and lived.  Adam Sargent. TuTh 12:00-1:20

21429. Idioms of Biopolitics: On Health, Power and Medicine. Beginning with the writings of Michel Foucault in the 1970s, the term biopolitics has been used to describe the application of life sciences research in surveillance, regulation, and optimization of both individual bodies and the populations they constitute. Through a series of theoretical and ethnographic texts, we will explore the role of biopolitics, from its formulation through its contemporary instantiations.  We look at biopolitics as an idiom through which modern social and institutional relationships are formulated and experienced.  We also consider the ways this idiom has proliferated in a number of other realms: financial markets, sociality, statistics, ethics, and others. This course argues that the practice of the biological sciences and medicine is far from objective and value-free.  Indeed, assumptions that science is an objective and apolitical enterprise enable its unquestioned application to projects of governance.  A lens on its political aspects and potentials makes visible important dimensions of inequality, coercion, and social control. Colin Halverston. MonWed 10:30-11:50

21614.  Ethnographies of Postcolonial Africa. (=CRES 21614). F.G. Richard. TuTh 3:00-4:20.

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. MWF 1:30-2:20.

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, S. Palmie MonWed 12:00-1:20

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

24335.  Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Critical Studies of Global Health (= CHDV 24335, HIPS 24335) Ideas about health and the experience and interpretation of distress and illness are products of specific historical, social, economic, and cultural contexts. The physical body, however, constrains the shaping of these ideas. The aim of this course is to examine the way in which concepts about the body in health and in illness in any given society are reflections of specific kinds of social organization and political relations together with shared cultural values. The first module of the course will outline the major theoretical models for approaching the study of illness, health, and medicine, as objects of anthropological analysis. The second, third, and fourth modules of this course will variously examine historical, cultural, environmental, economic, and political considerations to provide a comprehensive global overview of the many factors that influence the health of individuals and populations. In each module we will explore specific themes, buttressed by ethnographic case studies: for example, medicine as a cultural system; different medical traditions; cross-cultural medicine; medicalization of the life-cycle; anthropology of the body; the social lives of medicines, reemerging infections, biomedical technologies; social suffering; and, finally, the political dimensions of health policy in the US and abroad. PQ This course qualifies as a "Discovering Anthropology" selection for Anthropology Majors. Sean Brotherton. TuTh 10:30-11:50.

24510/34501.  The Anthropology of Museums (=SOSC 34500,, MAPS 34500, CHDV 34501).  Using anthropological theories and methodology as a conceptual framework, this seminar will explore the organizational and ideological aspects of museum culture(s).  The course includes visits to museums with guest museum professionals as guides into the culture of museums.  The seminar continues in the Spring quarter, when students will conduct ethnographic fieldwork in a Chicago-area museum.  (NOTE: Winter quarter is a prerequisite for participation in Spring Quarter.) M. Fred. Tues 3:00-5:50 pm.

25117. About Nature (INST 27702). “Consider mushrooms,” Anna Tsing (2012) suggests to those who are curious about human nature and points to the relational and biological diversity found at the unruly edges of the global empire—the governmentalized, politicized, commoditized culturenature of capitalism. This class follows the suit, tracking by the scent of what withdraws, thrives, attracts, and inspires wonder in the guise of the natural or wild, organic or nonhuman. About Nature starts with contemporary critiques of the essentialized Nature but it directs attention elsewhere. The class attends to the academic and activist texts, to professional and popular, poetic and pragmatic zones of thinking, imagining, compelling, and working where the natural animates theoretical insights, empirical observations, or practical tasks; where it materializes in sensuous encounters, knowledgeable collecting, or ecstatic experiences; and where it rallies communities of inquiry and interest. We will be interested in collective commitments to natural living and eating, from North American wild fermentation movement to global permaculture to Russian dacha summer gardens, and will read about some local traditions and revivals of medicinal, artisanal, and homemade foods. We will explore processes of foraging, cultivating, caring, processing, consuming, and sharing as they play up and rework some locally contingent intimacies between vegetal, animal, and otherwise non-human worlds. Our reading list mixes ethnographies with literary, philosophical, and metaphysical texts and pairs anthropological discussions with do-it-yourself manuals and documentary films. Our aim in reading so widely is to grasp the capacity with which the natural assembles and animates varied phenomena, collective feelings, and usable facts as well as to catalogue the enchantments and excesses of the natural where the value of nonhuman lurks or “huddles defensively” at the seams of global capital (Tsing 2012; Shiva 1993, 1997). Larisa Jasarevic. TuTh 3:00-4:20

25250. The Human behind Human Rights (=HMRT 29002). The image above was produced by a French chocolate company in response to what was once a form of popular entertainment: human zoos.  The exhibition of ‘primitive’ peoples in European capitals began in the 1870s and continued will into the 20th century.  The exhibits drew in hundreds of thousands of spectators and were a considerable source of revenue for those who curated them.  Today such zoos are illegal in Europe and most Europeans would be repulsed by the very idea of displaying human beings in this way.  How do we explain this turnabout in European laws and attitudes?  Why did it take so long for Europeans to realize that the non-Europeans put on display were, like themselves, human beings with human rights?  If it is obvious to us, why was it not obvious to them?  This course considers what it means to be human and the rights and obligations this quality is supposed to confer.  According to what criteria do we determine the humanity of another being or, rather, who gets to decide this criteria? Moreover, what are the implications of this humanity for the types of social relations and political institutions deemed desirable and/or achievable?  The selected readings address these questions with a particular focus on liberal understandings of humans and human rights and the systems of knowledge production and power within which these are embedded. Yaqub Hilal. MonWed 1:30-2:50.

25305/35305.  Anthropology of Food and Cuisine.  Contemporary human foodways are not only highly differentiated in cultural and social terms, but often have long and complicated histories. Anthropologists have long given attention to food – but up until quite recently, they have done so in an unsystematic, haphazard fashion. Food has figured prominently in theories of gift exchange, religious sacrifice, classificatory systems, the analysis of social structure and symbolic systems, but also political economy, cultural ecology, and applied work in famine-modeling, food security, and medical anthropology. More recently, food and eating have become the focus of an anthropology of the body, and have come to figure in attempts to theorize sensuality and the politics of pleasure and suffering. This course will explore several such themes with a view towards both the micro- and macro-politics of food by examining a range of ethnographic and historical case studies and theoretical texts. It takes the format of a seminar augmented by lectures (during the first few weeks), scheduled video screenings, and individual student presentations during the rest of the course.  S. Palmié. MonWed 1:30-2:50.  PQ This course qualifies as a "Discovering Anthropology" selection for Anthropology Majors.

25310.  Drinking Alcohol: Social Problem or Normal Cultural Practice? (=BPRO 22800, BIOS 02280). PQ 3rd or 4th year standing. Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive agent in the world and, as archaeologists have recently demonstrated, it has a very long history dating back at least 9,000 years.  This course will explore the issue of alcohol and drinking from a trans-disciplinary perspective.  It will be co-taught by an anthropologist/archaeologist with experience in alcohol research and a neurobiologist who has experience with addiction research.  Students will be confronted with literature on alcohol research from anthropology, sociology, history, biology, medicine, psychology, and public health and asked to think through the conflicts and contradictions.  Selected case studies will be used to focus the discussion of broader theoretical concepts and competing perspectives introduced in the first part of the course.
           Topics for lectures and discussion include: What is alcohol? chemical definition, cultural forms, production processes, biological effects; The early history of alcohol: archaeological studies; Histories of drinking in ancient, medieval, and modern times; Alcohol and the political economy: trade, politics, regulation, resistance; Alcohol as a cultural artifact: the social roles of drinking; Styles of drinking and intoxication; Alcohol, addiction, and social problems: the interplay of biology, culture, and society; Alcohol and religion: integration vs. prohibition; Alcohol and health benefits: ancient beliefs and modern scientific research; Comparative case studies of drinking: ethnographic examples, historical examples, contemporary America (including student drinking).M. Dietler, William Green (BSD). TuTh 1:30-2:50.

26430/46430. Critical Approaches to Technology: From the Ancient to the Modern. Critical Approaches to Technology is a detailed examination of the production and use of different forms of ancient hand-held technology, including pottery, lithics, bone/antler tools, and metallurgy. The course offers a critical engagement with the seminal theoretical and methodological works in anthropological archaeology (and elsewhere) for thinking through, if not challenging, normative relationships between human societal development and technological production and use. During the course we will interrogate the connections between different forms of technology and their perceived social, economic, and political contexts, including the links between agrarian states and technological standardization, hunter-gatherer or pastoral groups and expedient technologies, as well as territory and archaeometric sourcing of materials. We will also reflexively examine how and why various technologies, such as GIS, XRF, ceramic analysis, etc., can serve as crucial and appropriate tools for successful research, i.e., externally funded research projects, and how we ourselves are defined by the use of these techniques and technologies even as we seek to define their use and applicability in archaeology. In other words, we will question our own assumptions about the links between technology and human social action, including interrogating our own choices in what technologies we study, as well as how we frame our studies of ancient technology. This course is designed as a foundation for the archaeological study of prehistoric and historic forms of technology, and as such complements other courses focused on material culture, archaeometry, data analysis, research design, and materiality.  James Johnson. Thurs 1:30-4:20

26900/46900.  Archaeological Data Sets. This course focuses on the methodological basis of archaeological data analysis.  Its goals are twofold, first to provide students with an opportunity to examine research questions through the study of archaeological data, and second to allow students to evaluate evidential claims in light of analytical results.  We will consider data collection, sampling and statistical populations, exploratory data analysis, and statistical inference.  The course is built around computer applications and, thus, will also provide an introduction to computer analysis, data encoding, and data base structure.  Alice Yao. Wed 9:30-12:20

27520.  Semiotic Approaches to Ethnography. Ethnographers must figure out what cultural knowledge and implicit social values underlie and give significance to the various ways that people in social groups interact with and/or orient to the various entities that constitute their lived-in universe.  In this course, we explore ethnographic writing over the shoulders of ethnographers investigating patterns of discourse and other semiotic (sign-focused) social practices that lead to sophisticated cultural analysis. Michael Silverstein. TuTh 1:30-2:50.   PQ This course qualifies as a "Discovering Anthropology" selection for Anthropology Majors.

28415/38415. Rights of the Living/Rites for the Dead: Forensic Anthropology & Human Rights Investigations (=HMRT 21901, LACS 21901).  CANCELLED.

29500/59500. Archaeology Laboratory Practicum. F.G. Richard. TuTh 12:00-1:20.

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.

31635. Social Movements and the State in Latin America: Ethnographic Perspectives (=MAPS 32100). Over the past three decades Latin Americans across the continent have witnessed a shift to democracy. The democracies that emerged on the continent in the 1970s and 1980s were variously pushed forward by social movements. In consequence, the democracies that emerged were variously informed by social movement agendas and understandings of democracy. Scholars have pointed to radical transformations in state-civil society relationships and understandings of citizenship. And, indeed the new social democracies have been committed to the inclusion of formerly marginalized populations in the political process in unprecedented ways, through both the development of new policy and support for new forms of political participation. To a great extent these developments have created the conditions of possibility for novel kinds of social mobilization from identity to issue-focused movements. However, they have also been riddled with new challenges. These challenges have frequently been associated with a withdrawal of the state associated with neoliberal agendas. In this course we explore how anthropologists have sought to understand these changes from an ethnographic perspective. How does this scholarship describe and study the broader patterns and local level specificities of changing state-civil society relationships in Latin America? What theoretical and methodological approaches have anthropologists employed to understand these relationships? And, how might we ourselves begin to study the same questions? 
              This course is designed as a research seminar. Its aims are two-fold: (1) To explore changes in state-social movement relationships in Latin America. Particular attention will be paid to the commonalities and differences across (a) national contexts and social movement concerns, and (b) theoretical and methodological approaches employed by anthropologists to study them. (2) To develop students' skills in conducting and presenting social scientific research. To this end, students will research, write and present a course paper on a topic of their choosing. To aid students in this project, the course includes a library session aimed at familiarizing students with archival and bibliographic resources on Latin America available at the University of Chicago, and a mini-conference where each student will be expected to give a short scholarly presentation on their class research. Elina Hartikainen. MonWed 1:30-2:50

32100. Culture, Power, Subjectivity (=CHDV 32100). This course takes up the classic, yet endlessly fascinating subject of the relationship of historically produced cultural structures and their relationship to individual and collective forms of subjectivity.  Since the topic is huge, we will address it by reading classic texts in depth, analyzing them for the diverse ways in which classic social thinkers like Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Althuser, Bourdieu and Foucault have thought about the relationship between individuals and collectivities.  Key questions we will address include the ways in social and economic formations structure the possibilities for individual human action, the relationship between religious formations and historical transformations, the role of class in the inculcation of taste and desire, and the ways in which, throughout the 19th century, new power/knowledge formations have created new ways through with subject formation takes place.  Jennifer Cole. Tues 1:30-4:20

32305. Introduction to Science Studies (=CHSS 32000, SOCI 40137, HIST 56800). This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and technology.  During the twentieth century, sociologists, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists raised original, interesting, and consequential questions about the sciences.  Often their work drew on and responded to each other, and, taken together, their various approaches came to constitute a field, “science studies.”  The course furnishes an initial guide to this field.  Students will not only encounter some of its principal concepts, approaches and findings, but will also get a chance to apply science-studies perspectives themselves by performing a fieldwork project.  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; and efforts to apply science studies approaches beyond the sciences themselves.  Karin Knorr/Adrian Johns. Wed. 9:30-12:20

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 101.

34101-02. Development of Social/Cultural Theory-I (200 units) PQ: Open only to first-year Anthropology graduate students. Systems 1 is designed to introduce you to the intellectual context of the emergence of anthropology as a professional scholarly discipline, as well as some of the broader theoretical concerns that have conditioned its development. The class presents anthropology as a response to the experience of global modernity – that is to say, the historical conjuncture of, on the one hand, the rise of industrialized mass societies in ‘the West’ and, on the other hand, the consolidation of colonialism around the world. This historical conjuncture lends urgency, as we will see, to a series of questions or themes, such as:

  • How can universalizing ideals be reconciled with an acknowledgment of sociocultural difference?
  • Is there such a thing as ‘human nature’? Why does the question matter? Why would we want to be able to say, for example, that human beings are inherently selfish or fundamentally compassionate?
  • Does it make sense to speak in terms of a unified world history? If it does, does it move toward freedom and, if so, by what means?
  • What holds societies together in an age of mass anonymity, alienation, and specialization?
  • What makes power and domination legitimate? What makes them illegitimate?
  • What are the respective roles of ‘reason,’ ‘passion’ and ‘desire’ in social life? Why should we imagine them as separate in the first place?
  • What is the relation between formal equality and substantive inequality in social life, e.g. when human beings encounter each other as commodities or as citizens?
  • What is the relation between ‘culture’ and ‘ideology’ in a mass mediated world? What gives murderous ideologies (e.g. fascism, racism) their curious power?

Many of these themes run right through the course; a few are more specifically located. Some may at times turn out to be subsets of others.   Justin Richland. TuTh 9:00-11:50  Wilder House.

35005. Classic Theories of Religion (AASR 32900, HREL 32900). This course will survey the development of theoretical perspectives on religion and religions in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thinkers to be studied include: Kant, Hume, Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, Marx, Müller, Tiele, Tylor, Robertson Smith, Frazer, Durkheim, Weber, Freud, James, Otto, van der Leeuw, Wach, and Eliade. Christian Wedemeyer. TuTu 10:30-11:50

35031. Anthropology of Religion-1 (=AASR 34410, HREL 34410) This course surveys various methods and topics in the study of religion in the social sciences.  We will begin with social evolutionist models, moving to the interpretive cultural turn and genealogical approaches.  Classic analytics raised in the field of anthropology include ritual and tradition, semiotics, arts and performance, embodiment, authority and agency.  We will also engage recent debates around the sociology of conversion, secularisms, the idea of ‘world religions’, and politics of religious difference, religious violence and global religious movements.  Angie Heo. Tues 1:00-3:50

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 9:30-11:30

ANTH 40165. Bourdieu/Sociobiography (=MAPS 40200). John MacAloon. Tues. 1:30-4:20.

ANTH 46425. Nomads, Networks and Political Complexity in the Ancient Near East (=CDIN 40024, NEHC 40024, NEAA 40024, HIST 580030). This course draws on archaeological and historical approaches to examine pastoral nomadism in the ancient Near East. Historians and archaeologists increasingly acknowledge the central role pastoralists and nomads played in the development of cities, states, and empires, as well as the dynamism and complexities of transhumant societies that traditionally figured only marginally in their accounts. The course re-centers the historical perspective through a focus on mobile groups in the geographical and cultural interstices of traditional civilizational “centers.”  Emily Hammer, Richard Payne. Mon 2:30-5:20

52725. Epistemologies of Health, Medicine and Science. This graduate seminar will review theoretical positions and debates in the burgeoning fields of medical anthropology and science and technology studies (STS). We will begin this seminar by reading Georges Canguilhem’s The Normal and the Pathological as a starting point to explore how “disease” and “health” in the early 19-century became inseparable from political, economic, and technological imperatives. By highlighting the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine, the remainder of this seminar will then focus on major perspectives in, and responses to, critical studies of health and medicine, subjectivity and the body, humanitarianism, and psychological anthropology. Sean Brotherton. Tues 1:30-4:20.

52809. Colloquium: Nation and Empire: Europe and Beyond (=HIST 52903). This graduate course will examine the relationship between nation and empire in Europe and beyond from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics may include nationalism and indifference to nationalism; the construction of borders and borderlands; the relationship between language, culture, and nation-building; transimperial and transnational mobility, including the movement of refugees and ethnic cleansing; the transition from multilingual and multinational empires to self-declared nation-states; empire and nation in the context of Total War, the Cold War, and post-Socialist transition; gender, nation, and empire, and the relationship between nation-states and new international and intergovernmental organizations, including the League of Nations, the United Nations, and the European Union. The focus on the course will be on Central and Eastern Europe and the relationship of Central and Eastern Europe to Europe and the rest of the world, but students interested in other parts of the world are welcome to enroll. Susan Gal, Tara Zahra. Wed. 1:30-4:20.

54510. Nationalism, Sentimentality and Judgement (PLSC 49401).  This course examines some canonical texts on nationalism, considers the specificities of nationalist solidarity in comparison to other visions of collectivity, and, drawing on contemporary theories of affect and political judgment, seeks to understand the enduring appeal of the nation form. Focusing not only on conventional accounts of citizen fear, longing, and suffering but also on contemporary challenges to nation-state configurations, the seminar takes theoretical insights from anthropology and political science, as well as history, sociology, and cultural studies. Among the authors we shall read are Anderson, Arendt, Asad, Balibar, Berlant, Brubaker, Chakrabarty, Gellner, Habermas, and Massumi.  Lisa Wedeen, Tues 1:30-4:20.

58200. Material Culture and Consumption. The Material Culture and Consumption seminar is designed to explore a series of current major research frontiers in the understanding of material culture.  This domain of inquiry constitutes an exciting new convergence of interests among the fields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, and sociology; hence, the seminar seeks to explore the intersection of novel theoretical developments and empirical research among all these fields. The theme for this year’s seminar is "Embodied Material Culture":  that is, objects which are produced specifically for consumption by ingestion into the human body.  Readings and discussion will center around works that grapple with the social and cultural understanding of food, alcohol, and drugs in ancient and modern contexts.  Their close association with the body and the senses, as well as their nutritive and psychoactive properties, make these forms of material culture an especially salient, symbolically charged form of "social fact" and make the study of their consumption a particularly revealing key to social relations, cultural concepts, and articulations of the domestic and political economies. Michael Dietler. Wed 1:30-4:20.