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Spring 2012

ANTH 00000 - Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

GC: W, 6:30-8:30 pm, Rm. 6402, 0 cr, Blim DATES TBA
Required for Chancellor’s Fellows before teaching as GTFs; non-registered, non-credit workshop.

ANTH 70000 – Current Topics in Anthropology

GC: F, 4:15 - 6:15 pm, Rm. C415A, cr, Brown [17758] 
NOTE: First lecture is Feb. 10; full schedule to be distributed

ANTH 70200 – Core Course in Cultural Anthropology 2

GC: M, 10:45 am – 1:45 pm, Rm. 6494, 3 cr, Susser [17759]
Open only to Level 1 Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Students.

ANTH 70400 – Contemporary Anthropological Theory

GC: TH, 10:45 am – 1:45 pm, Rm.6421, 3 cr, Asad/Wilder [17760]
Open only to Level 1 Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Students.

ANTH 70700 – Oil in the Persian Gulf

GC: TH, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Rm. 8203, 3 cr, Limbert [17761]
This section open only to Anthro; fufills area requirement for cultural. Cross listed with MES 71000.

This course examines the history, political economy, and social life of oil exploration and export in the Persian Gulf region from the nineteenth century to the present. The course begins with an examination of the origins of the global oil market and of political and economic colonial and concessionary arrangements in the nineteenth and early twentieth century Persian Gulf. It then examines the conditions, impact, and social arrangements of company towns on the region as well as the rise of nationalism, the eight-year Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and the two US-led Gulf wars in Iraq. Finally, the course examines the impact of oil’s sudden and massive wealth on everyday life, experiences of migrant labor, the politics of nostalgia for pre-oil days, and forms of national temporality shaped by oil projections.

ANTH 70800 – Economic Anthropology & the Economic Crisis

GC:   F, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Rm. 6421, 3 cr, Blim [17762]

The course has two objectives: (1) to enable students to acquire the basic concepts necessary to do research or take a second examination in economic anthropology; and (2) to enable students to explore with success the nature and impact of the current global economic crisis. To accomplish the first objective, the seminar focuses on key nodes of research and analysis such as the household, exchange, markets, labor, and capital. For the second objective, the seminar reviews basic theories of the current crisis and those of economic crises more generally with the goal of aiding students in ultimately developing research projects that examine the processes of the crisis and its unfolding consequences.

ANTH 71300 – Anthropology of Gender & Sexuality

GC: T, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, Rm. 6421, 3 cr, Davis [17763]
Cross-listed with WSCP 81000.

In this course students will be exposed to a variety of (mostly) anthropological approaches towards gender and sexuality. We will examine how gender and sexuality have been constructed in specific cultural and historical contexts and extend into the contemporary period. This course seeks to explore and unravel the ways in which ideas about gender and sexuality shape social roles and identities in addition to the ways in which race, class, and ethnicity function in the experience of gender and sexuality. Our emphasis will be on feminist anthropology and its contributions to these discussions centering on such key issues such as essentialism/constructivism, universalism, difference, identities, sexualities, gendered bodies, and the intersections between gender and colonialism, nationalism, race/ethnicity, class and global capitalism.

ANTH 71600 – Anthropology of Science

GC:  TH, 4:15 – 6:15, Rm. 5307, 3 cr, Kirksey [17764]

This graduate seminar will offer an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Science Studies through the lens of anthropology. We will read classic ethnographies of science alongside works of science fiction to generate diffractions-patterns that reflect histories of interaction, interference, reinforcement, difference. Canonical texts on actor network theory, situated knowledges, boundary objects, cyborg articulations, parasitic interruptions, and cosmopolitical propositions will form the backbone of the course. Departing from the "Science Wars" of the 1990s, a period of open hostility, this course will explore the more playful turn in recent science studies scholarship. A multispecies zeitgeist has swept the humanities and social sciences, leading some ethnographers to become "poachers." Encroaching on the domain of biology, anthropologists have begun to steal organisms-like honeybees, tentacular cup corals, and avian influenza viruses-claiming them for their own. Seminar discussions, and interactions with visiting speakers, will be complemented by field trips to the zoological collections of the American Museum of Natural History as well as biological laboratories.

ANTH 71900 – Critical Agrarian Studies

GC:  T, 9:30  – 11:30 am, Rm. 6421, 3 cr, Edelman [17765]   

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ANTH 72500 - Anthropology for the Public

GC:   W, 2 - 4 pm, Rm. 3309, 3 cr, Mullings/Martin [17766]

This seminar explores the role of anthropological knowledge in shaping public debate and social policy through research, practice and engagement. Seminar participants will interrogate the domains of theoretical, applied and advocacy/activist anthropology, consider classical and recent writing on the role of the public intellectual and review current debates in anthropology. We will investigate examples of the use of anthropology in reframing and influencing public discussion, policy and advocacy. The seminar will also assess writing styles and other communication techniques (e.g. visual images) appropriate for reaching non-academic audiences; uses of traditional media, digital media and other forms of information dissemination; and community collaboration in research. Seminar participants may meet the requirements for the course through a variety of projects including: exploring an anthropological approach to a topic of interest to the public; working with a community or grassroots organization on research of interest to the organization; writing an article in a format accessible to non-academic audiences; as well as a traditional research paper.

ANTH 72900 – Critical Anthropologies of the U.S.

GC,  T. 4:15 – 6:15 pm,  3 cr, Rm. 5383, Maskovsky [17767]
Fufills  area requirement for cultural anthropology. Cross-listed with ASCP 81500.

This course explores the contributions of anthropology to the critical study of the United States. We will treat "the United States" as a problematic and will take the nation-state, its peoples, and its borders not as givens but as objects of analysis. In particular, we will draw connections between recent ethnographic work and four ways of conceptualizing the US nation-state: as a settler society, a former slave-holding society, an immigrant/industrial society, and an imperial nation-state. Recent work will be read alongside key theoretical statements, ethnographic "classics,” and interdisciplinary debates that help us to specify what the United States "is" from various political points of view. We will also explore the epistemological, theoretical and methodological challenges of US research, and the "stakes" of US research for the discipline-at-large.

ANTH 77000 – Core Course in Linguistic Anthropology

GC:   M, 2 - 4 pm, Rm. 6421, 3 cr, Cavanaugh [17768]
Fulfills subfield requirement for Linguistic Anthro.

ANTH 79300 – Core Course in Genetics

HC:   T & TH, 9:30am – 12:30 pm, Rm. 705N, 3 cr, Steiper [17769]
NYCEP core course, meets at Hunter College.

ANTH 80800 – Doctoral Dissertation Writing

GC: TH, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Rm. 3306, 0 cr, Skurski [17770]
Open only to Level 3 Anthropology students.

ANTH 81100 – The French Ethnographic Tradition

GC: T, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rm. 3309, 3 cr, Crapanzano  [17771]
Cross-listed with Comp. Lit. 85000

This seminar provides a critical overview of French anthropology in the Twentieth Century. It looks not only at important anthropological texts, among them, by Durkheim, Mauss, Lévy-Bruhl, Leenhardt, Griaule, Lévi-Strauss, and Descola, but also by other scholars – Bataille,  for example, Artaud, Fanon, Foucault, Derrida, Lacan, Lefevre, de Certeau, and Latour --  who have influenced the French take on anthropology (and the American take on French anthropology), if at times only by indirection and even through denial. Readings will be related to the socio-cultural circumstances in which they were written and read. Stress will be given to the intellectualist stance of French anthropology and the frayed edges that stance produces., as in anthropology’s flirtation with surrealism, the irrational (the College de Sociologie),  and dedicated alterity. Download syllabus.

ANTH 82303 - Proposal Writing

GC:   F, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rm. 6114, 3 cr, Low [17772]
Open to GC Anthropology doctoral students only.

ANTH 82500 –Urban Revolution

GC: W, 4:15 – 6:15 pm, Rm.  6495, 3 cr, Smith [17773]
Cross-listed with EES 79903.

ANTH 83700 – Lithic Analysis

HC: M. 5:30 – 7:20 pm, Rm. 705N Hunter College, 3 cr, Parry [17774]

ANTH 85200 – Historical Ontologies: Heritage, Archaeology, Ethnography

GC: W. 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, Rm. 6421, 3cr, Bauer/Collins [17775]

“Heritage” is invoked almost endlessly these days, whether as a defense against change, a way to market authenticity, or as a claim to privileged status or community cohesion. It operates at the intersection of words and things, the material world and the discourses about it. This course, conceptualized as a dialogue between historical ethnography and social archaeology, seeks to interrogate current engagements with and invocations of “heritage.” It will do so by reconsidering core concepts and by examining the new ways people and groups reconfigure their relationships to the past and with one another in relation to heritage’s terms and techniques. The first part will provide a survey of the current conceptual landscape of heritage by focusing on its uses and the contests and alliances it engenders. The second part will examine the different, and often conflicting, epistemologies and ontologies underpinning heritage claims by means of a consideration of key texts. We will draw on works by Locke, Mauss, Marx, Peirce, Latour and Foucault, among others, in an attempt to reconceptualize what heritage is and does in the world today. In the final part of the course, we will examine a series of case studies and students’ and professors’ current research projects.

ANTH 85300 – Archaeology of Consumption

GC: T 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Rm. 6493, 3 cr, Moore/Wall [17776]

Within archaeology the significance of the concept of production is well defined. The issue of consumption is a bit more problematic. Not long ago, the discovery of an intrusive commodity on an indigenous site lead only to questions of contact, corruption and concern for authenticity. It is not surprising then that archaeological approaches to consumption and commoditization are relatively underdeveloped.

In the course of the semester, the readings and discussion will explore a number of themes: consumption and commodities in pre-industrial contexts, the role of commodities in contact and colonial interactions, and role of commodities in production of social identities in nineteenth-century North America.

The artifact life history approach will be examined to understand how it can contribute to our understanding of the process of commoditization. As a part of this examination, special attention will be given to the “infra-structure of consumption” to escape the limitations of household-based schema.

ANTH 89000 - Seminar in Physical Anthropology

GC: F, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Rm. 6496, Delson
NOTE: NYCEP seminar; students attend but do not register for credit this semester.