ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Professor: Alan Klima

CRN: 12241

Time: Mon Wed 10:30 am - 12:00 pm OLIN 202

A course in "culture," or, the social power of imagination, consisting of a two-part journey through jungles of discovery, cultural contact, and encounters with the "savage," finally culminating with an entry into the heart of Anthropology. Students will read accounts of missionaries, travelers, and their professionalized successors--anthropologists--as they make, and make sense of, cultural difference. Then the return to "civilization": how far from those jungle colors are our contemporary pictures of racial and cultural difference, of modernism, civilization and barbarism? How should anthropologists produce knowledge about cultural, racial, class, gender, and sexual others in a world order where image matters? Course also includes significant emphasis on economic philosophy and language theory. Students required to assemble one research project.


ANTH 201F Zambia and Zimbabwe: What Are Nations Made Of?

Professor: Mario Bick

CRN: 12243

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 304

Cross-listed: AADS, MES
The nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe, though neighbors and relatively contemporary in their founding, differ culturally and politically. This course explores the cultures of these territories, as well as local histories, precolonial, colonial and postcolonial, seeking to understand the role of cultures and local histories in defining national identities and national politics. Readings will be drawn from the anthropological, historical and political science literature, as well as from fiction.


ANTH 202 Doing Ethnography

Professor: Michele Dominy

CRN: 12450

Time: Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm OLIN 201

Despite the emergence of experimental ethnography, Malinowski's formula for doing fieldwork stands firm: to acquire concrete statistical documentation through mapping the anatomy of a culture, to focus on the imponderabilia of daily life through minute observation, and to engage the documents of native mentality through ethnographic statements and narrative. The goal of participant observation, of course, was "to grasp the native's [sic] point of view, his [sic] relation to life, to realize his vision of his world." In this workshop, we juxtapose reading ethnography and personal accounts of fieldwork with doing ethnography in our immediate community. Fieldwork exercises will serve to frame a research agenda while attending to ethical principles, and to gather, record and analyze data through a variety of techniques, such as the genealogical method, life histories, the extended case method, event analysis, and ethnographic decision tree modeling. Limited to 15 students. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101.


ANTH 206 Human Variation: the Anthropology of Race, Scientific Racism, and Other Biological Reductionisms

Professor: Mario Bick

CRN: 12244

Time: Mon Wed 10:30 am - 12:20 pm OLIN 304

Cross-listed: MES
of related interest: Victorian Studies
The relationship of human biology to behavior and the nature of cultures couched in terms of putative biological differences between human groups and subgroups has characterized scientific discourse since the late eighteenth century. This has been especially true in anthropology as the discipline has sought to answer questions of race (human variation), gender, sexuality, and some forms of compulsive behavior. This course examines scientific racism, sexism, criminology, and other biological phobias, reductionisms, and rationalizations. It does so by studying the contexts, claims, achievements, and failures of normal science (especially physical anthropology and human biology and genetics) in regard to the significance of the real and assumed variations among individuals and among human populations. Central to the discussion are concepts of race and the scientific evidence that is used to support these concepts. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


ANTH 241 Gender and Development in Latin America

Professor: Diana Brown

CRN: 12245

Time: Mon Wed 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 201

Cross-listed: Gender Studies, LAIS
Since the 1970s, feminists have added to the growing criticisms of development theories and practice their own questions and critiques concerning the inclusion of women in development programs, and their impact on gender relations at global, national and local levels. This course will examine these issues in Latin America, beginning with theories of gender and development, and moving to their application in settings ranging from agricultural villages to major industrial centers, with a focus on the interface between changing gender hierarchies and those of social class, race and ethnicity. We will explore the impact of global political economic changes and specific development programs on the activities of women and men in the labor force, on their positions in the household, and in religious and secular institutions and ideologies with which they construct gender and identity. Attention will also be given to local-level sociocultural practices and systems of knowledge with which women and men confront "development," and through which they seek their own creative and empowering solutions to the problems and opportunities it poses for them.


ANTH 315 Writing Anthropology of Political Violence

Professor: Alan Klima

CRN: 12246

Time: Mon 2:50 pm - 4:50 pm OLIN 304

This course will encourage reflection upon the power of violence and the meaning of death in our time. Considering violence as an individual and social experience, as a means of creating social and political power, and as a representation circulating over the globe, the course will focus on the dilemmas involved in writing about or otherwise representing violence when that very act of representation is implicated in the same tactics that inspire terror campaigns: using the shock effects of violence, death, and gore to impart a message. Close scrutiny of the nature of language, text, and image will lead an exploration of how to understand the place of violence in cultural imagination, and how to represent suffering in anthropological writing and generally.