Spring 2020 Class Schedule
|ANTHRO 101-6-21||First Year Seminar: Modern Plagues||Adia Benton||MW 12:30-1:50pm||University Hall 218|
ANTHRO 101-6-21 First Year Seminar: Modern Plagues
|ANTHRO 101-6-22||First Year Seminar: How The Other 99% Live||Micaela di Leonardo||T 5-7:50PM||1810 Hinman Room 104|
ANTHRO 101-6-22 First Year Seminar: How The Other 99% Live
In this seminar, students will read about, discuss, write about, and thus gain the intellectual tools to begin to evaluate past and present American urban inequalities—including not only those of class, but also race/ethnicity, gender & sexuality, nationality. We will read across several different academic disciplines and journalism to become familiar with key analytic concepts, methods, and historical phenomena, such as the Great Compression, the War on Poverty, urban regimes, ethnography, and political economy. Using them, we will explore arenas of inequality: employment; urban space, housing, migration, and neighborhoods; schooling, criminal justice, the public sphere. You will watch two short, relevant videos on your own before the first seminar meeting.
|ANTHRO 211-0-01||Culture & Society||Mary Weismantel||TTh 11-12:20PM||Swift Hall 107|
ANTHRO 211-0-01 Culture & Society
|ANTHRO 211-0-61||Discussion Section||Daniela Raillard||T 8:30-9:20AM|
ANTHRO 211-0-61 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 211-0-62||Discussion Section||Daniela Raillard||M 9-9:50AM|
ANTHRO 211-0-62 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 211-0-63||Discussion Section||Kaelin Rapport||W 9-9:50AM|
ANTHRO 211-0-63 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 211-0-64||Discussion Section||Kaelin Rapport||Th 8:30-9:20AM|
ANTHRO 211-0-64 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 211-0-65||Discussion Section||Jin Xiong||F 10-10:50AM|
ANTHRO 211-0-65 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 211-0-66||Discussion Section||Jin Xiong||F 9-9:50AM|
ANTHRO 211-0-66 Discussion Section
|ANTHRO 232-0-20||Myth and Symbolism||Robert Launay||MWF 10-10:50AM||Harris Hall L07|
ANTHRO 232-0-20 Myth and Symbolism
|ANTHRO 235-0-20||Language in Asian America (also ASIAN_AM 235-0-1)||Shalini Shankar||MW 12:30-1:50PM||Kresge Hall 2-415|
ANTHRO 235-0-20 Language in Asian America (also ASIAN_AM 235-0-1)
|ANTHRO 255-0-20||Contemporary African Worlds (also AFST 390-0-22)||Adia Benton||MW 11-12:20pm||Harris Hall L28|
ANTHRO 255-0-20 Contemporary African Worlds (also AFST 390-0-22)
From antiquity until today the "West" (itself a troubled concept) imagined many things in Africa. Power, weakness, wealth, poverty, beauty, savagery, knowledge, ignorance, light, darkness. We are all heirs of these incoherent visions; a bequest that appears in widely held and constantly renewed beliefs and assumptions about the "Dark Continent." Visions of Africa today revolve largely around a set of tropes developed in the 19th century - Africa as benighted, undeveloped, female, chaotic, famine-ridden, and incapable of self-governance. However, as with all instances when one position gazes at another, the result is both accurate and inaccurate. In this class, we will turn our gaze on contemporary Africa from a cultural anthropological perspective. Using the tools of anthropology, we will visit several arenas critical to contemporary African cultures - music & dance, cinema, literature, sport, the body, technology, politics and development, among others. Through these various lenses, we will attempt to better understand cultural choices and what we can say about Africa/ns from our perspective. That is, to recognize and value both internal and external views of the continent. Through these arenas and these perspectives, we will better know issues of power, gender, hierarchy, spirituality, and economics. Will you arrive at an entirely accurate view of Africa and Africans? Never. The journey, however, will take you closer.
|ANTHRO 306-0-20||Evolution of Life Histories||Aaron Miller||TTh 9:30-10:50am||1810 Hinman Room B07|
ANTHRO 306-0-20 Evolution of Life Histories
|ANTHRO 309-0-20||Human Osteology||Erin Waxenbaum||F 9-11:30AM||1810 Hinman Lab A58|
ANTHRO 309-0-20 Human Osteology
|ANTHRO 314-0-20||Human Growth & Development||Erin Waxenbaum||MW 9:30-10:50AM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 314-0-20 Human Growth & Development
|ANTHRO 327-0-20||Historical Archaeology||Mark Hauser||TTh 12:30-1:50pm||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 327-0-20 Historical Archaeology
“Historical Archaeology," is a field archaeology that focuses on the past 500 years and addresses a myriad of questions including, identity, European colonialism, resistance, capitalism, and power. This course will explore the history of different peoples in the Americas through the study of the material remains they left behind: architecture, burials, food remains, clothing and jewelry, etc. Attention will be focused on the presentation and/or exclusion of groups in depictions of history and in the creation of new identities (ethnogenesis) in different parts of the Americas. It will also consider the ways in which power and economy intersect with other forms of identity, such as class, gender, and sexuality. The course will survey a variety of communities, concentrating on Indigenous Peoples, as well as people of European, African and Asian descent in American contexts. While there will be course material which touch on French and Iberian colonial contexts, class projects will primarily draw on study of artifacts and communities in the Eastern United States and the Anglophone Caribbean.
|ANTHRO 330-0-20||Peoples of the World: Anthropology of Islam||Robert Launay||TTh 2-3:20pm||Harris Hall L06|
ANTHRO 330-0-20 Peoples of the World: Anthropology of Islam
The religion of Islam is widely practiced, not only in the Middle East and in Arabic-speaking countries, but also in East and South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and increasingly in Europe and North America. Anthropologists in the last few decades have turned increasingly to the study of Islamic communities around the world, specifically paying attention to the ways in which a global religion has been adapted to the particular circumstances of local communities. This class will explore important aspects of Muslim societies, including authority, education, law, gender, and piety.
|ANTHRO 341-0-20||Economic Anthropology||Deniz Duruiz||TTh 3:30-4:50pm||Kresge 2-430|
ANTHRO 341-0-20 Economic Anthropology
This course concentrates on the anthropological knowledge produced on the past and present economic practices of societies around the world. Economic anthropology emerged out the critique of the taken-for-granted binary between the economic lives of so-called “primitive” societies and that of modern societies. This course will introduce those debates while at the same time questioning the premises, themes, and concepts with which we analyze economic practices. Each week is organized under one of the following themes: Gift, Commodity, Money, Labor, Market, Debt, Finance and Crisis, and The Economy. The readings involve both theoretical texts of political economy and contemporary ethnographies. Drawing on these readings, we will reflect on the social practices categorized under the umbrella term “the economy”, and question the larger systems those practices generate, reproduce, challenge, or dismantle.
|ANTHRO 376-0-20||Socialization||Matilda Stubbs||MW 12:30-1:50pm||University Hall 112|
ANTHRO 376-0-20 Socialization
The cross-cultural study of the formation and perpetuation of societal organizations (both formal and informal), and how important knowledge is said to be the young, the inexperienced, and the outsider. The course will emphasize sociological and anthropological framings of socialization, as well as more contemporary interests in the social construction of identity, authenticity, and legitimacy through institutions of learning. Of interest as well will be debates about the pathways through which literacy, secrecy, and profit may affect the transmission of knowledge.
|ANTHRO 383-0-20||Environmental Anthropology (also ENVR_POL 390-0-20)||Melissa Rosenzweig||MW 11-12:20pm||Parkes Hall 215|
ANTHRO 383-0-20 Environmental Anthropology (also ENVR_POL 390-0-20)
|ANTHRO 390-0-22||Protest and Popular Culture in the Middle East||Jessica Winegar||MW 9:30-10:50am||Kresge 2-380|
ANTHRO 390-0-22 Protest and Popular Culture in the Middle East
|ANTHRO 390-0-23||Porous Borders: Geography, Power and Techniques (also MENA 390-3-20)||Emrah Yildiz||MW 5-6:20pm||Locy Hall 303|
ANTHRO 390-0-23 Porous Borders: Geography, Power and Techniques (also MENA 390-3-20)
|ANTHRO 390-0-24||Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity (also AFST 390-0-20 / ANTHRO 490-0-22 / GBL_HLTH 390-0-22)||Sera Young||TTh 11-12:20pm||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 390-0-24 Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity (also AFST 390-0-20 / ANTHRO 490-0-22 / GBL_HLTH 390-0-22)
|ANTHRO 390-0-25||Auto Ethnography and Vehicular Cultures CANCELLED||Matilda Stubbs||M 2-4:50PM||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 390-0-25 Auto Ethnography and Vehicular Cultures CANCELLED
|ANTHRO 390-0-27||City of Women: Race/Class/Sexuality in American Women's Lives (also HUM 370-3-20)||Micaela di Leonardo||Th 2-4:50pm||Locy Hall 318|
ANTHRO 390-0-27 City of Women: Race/Class/Sexuality in American Women's Lives (also HUM 370-3-20)
This seminar, which plays on Federico Fellini’s film of the same title, and the famous 13th century Italian feminist poem “The Treasure of the City of Ladies,” explores the variations across positionality, time, and space in women’s American urban experiences. We will establish some basic urban-studies concepts and, with a special focus on Chicago, will then read together literary work, historical and social science studies, and contemporary journalism in order to consider misogyny/racism/xenophobia/classism and their effects on women’s lives, and issues of women’s employment, reproductive rights, sexuality, and violence against women. And, of course, women’s own agency in attempting to live their urban lives, pursue their goals, and claim their equal rights and pleasures. We will also consider common representations—and misrepresentations--of varying women’s urban lives.
|ANTHRO 390-0-28||Archaeology & Nationalism (also HUM 370-4-21 and MENA 390-4-21)||Ann Gunter||TTh 2-3:20pm||Locy Hall 305|
ANTHRO 390-0-28 Archaeology & Nationalism (also HUM 370-4-21 and MENA 390-4-21)
Archaeology and nationalism have been closely intertwined at least since the idea of the nation-state emerged following the French Revolution. Archaeology offers nationalist agendas the possibility of filling in national historical records and extending the past far into prehistory. Its results can be displayed in museums, occupy entire sites, and be readily accessible online —thus potentially reaching many new audiences beyond traditional print media. In turn, nationalism has contributed significantly to the development of archaeology as a modern discipline.
Drawing on new critical approaches and examples selected from a wide geographical range, this course explores the role of archaeology in the creation and elaboration of national identities from the eighteenth century to the present day. Issues include the institutionalization of archaeology; the development of museums and practices of display and interpretation; the creation of archaeological sites as national monuments and tourist destinations; cultural property legislation and repatriation of artifacts; and archaeology and monuments under totalitarian regimes.
|ANTHRO 390-0-29||Earth Politics and Poetics: Knowing, Shaping, Imagining the Planet (also ENVR_POL 390-0-22 / HUM 370-3-21)||Zeynep Oguz||MW 3:30-4:50pm||Locy Hall 314|
ANTHRO 390-0-29 Earth Politics and Poetics: Knowing, Shaping, Imagining the Planet (also ENVR_POL 390-0-22 / HUM 370-3-21)
“Planet Earth” has a political and social history. The Copernican turn and geological notions of deep time, for example, radically shifted understandings of the Earth, time, and humans’ relationship to them. Whole Earth images first generated by the Apollo Space missions in the late 1960s and 1970s have been the characteristic form of planetary imagination during the late twentieth century. Earthrise and The Blue Marble images enabled humans to imagine the planet as an interconnected whole against the backdrop of the Cold War and environmental disasters. They have been crucial to the emergence of a “global consciousness” and became famous icons of the global environmental movement, depicting the planet as the common home of humans as one species. The power of these images has not decreased, yet other forms of representation and imagination have emerged as well. The development of Google Earth or advanced climate modeling systems, for example, mark a different notion of Earth, characterized by dynamic, heterogeneous, and open systems. This course examines such shifting notions of the Earth by tracing how practices and discourses of geopolitics, political theory, cartography, population studies, climate modeling, deep ocean sensing, outer space exploration and mining, and science fiction literature, have come to sense, know, represent, and imagine the planet since the 18th century. In doing so, this course also surveys shifting socio-political currents, from the intersection of the military-industrial complex and techno science to how climate crisis, Anthropocene debates, and Earth Systems analysis reflect further shifts in the ways the planet is understood today. Tracing these shifts in planetary representation and imagination is also crucial to understanding how core concepts such as “humanity” and “species” are made and unmade. Understanding the deeply mediated processes behind planetary depictions is not only central to making sense of contemporary politics and policies that propose to shape the future, but also to imagining alternative worlds and futures beyond our grim ecological predicament.
|ANTHRO 390-0-30||Transnational Americas: From Migrants to Latinx (SPANISH 397-0-1 / INTL_ST 390-0-21 / LATIN_AM 391-0-20)||Diego Arispe-Bazan||MW 9:30-10:50am||Parkes Hall 223|
ANTHRO 390-0-30 Transnational Americas: From Migrants to Latinx (SPANISH 397-0-1 / INTL_ST 390-0-21 / LATIN_AM 391-0-20)
Migration is not just a movement across borders; it is a process of becoming. By examining trajectories of intra- and inter-national migration within Latin America, this course will explore the social, cultural, economic, and political histories that reveal relationships between migration and larger global and postcolonial socio-economic forces. We will reflect on the reasons why individuals choose to become mobile, as well as the structural conditions that might compel them. Specifically, we will look at disparities between urban and rural populations, clashes over job markets in urban settings, and the formation of individual and collective migrant identities in contexts of mass displacement. The course will begin by studying how waves of migrants (within and across frontiers) after independence shaped contemporary ideologies of race and belonging in Latin America, and end with a reflection on what these trajectories can teach us about studying Latin American migrants in the "Global North" today. Furthermore, the course will investigate how migration pathways challenge accounts of a unified Latin American “identity,” yet also allow for diasporic coalitions abroad. Course materials include canonical readings from anthropology and history, along with films, memoirs, and testimonies.
|ANTHRO 401-01-20||Logic of Inquiry in Anthropology (Bio)||William Leonard||Th 2-4:50PM||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 401-01-20 Logic of Inquiry in Anthropology (Bio)
This course will provide an overview of key theories and concepts in biological anthropology. Specific attention will be given to how biological anthropology articulates with the other sub-disciplines of anthropology. General principles from evolutionary biology will first be discussed, examining how they can be applied to look at human biological and behavioral variation. Alternative approaches for explaining human variation are then explored and considered within a historical context. Third, we will examine the material (i.e., fossil) evidence for human evolution, focusing on the interplay between biological and cultural/behavioral evolutionary trends. Finally, we will examine how several aspects of modern human variation (eg. growth, nutritional status, morbidity and mortality) are shaped by the interplay between genetic, ecological and socio-cultural factors. Throughout we will highlight the utility of the bio-cultural framework for explaining human diversity.
|ANTHRO 472-0-20||Seminar in Political Anthropology: State and Subject||Jessica Winegar||W 2-4:50pm||1810 Hinman Room 104|
ANTHRO 472-0-20 Seminar in Political Anthropology: State and Subject
This course examines theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the state, with a particular focus on the intersection of state projects and subject-making practices. Early declarations of the state’s growing irrelevance in an era of globalization have proven to be grossly premature, as any migrant worker, prisoner, Palestinian struggling for statehood, Snowden supporter, or person in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles will tell you. Yet many questions abound. Is the nature of the state/subject relations changing with neoliberal globalization and if so, how? What might be similar across different state/subject formations, and what might be different–not only in this particular historical juncture but in previous ones as well? Do certain state/subject relations adhere to the very structure of the modern state and/or can we disrupt the universalist notion of the modern state as a Western form that takes “alternative” shape in different regions? How can we think about the state, both ethnographically and theoretically, in ways that do not always presume the state as an agent, a monolith, or a set of always coherent projects? What are the myriad ways that state projects shape particular (racialized, gendered, classed) subjects, and is this shaping always complete? What fissures appear and how? How do people engage or circumvent the state in their daily lives and in particular political struggles in ways that disrupt or collude with subject-making projects? Key themes to be explored include governmentality, sovereignty, citizenship, rights, materiality, activism, security, law, and development. We will be especially concerned with understanding poststructuralist and neoliberal frameworks approaching states and subjects and try to think productively with and beyond them. Finally, we will continually ask how theory informs ethnography and how ethnography informs theory.
|ANTHRO 484-0-20||Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology: Language and Media||Shalini Shankar||T 2-4:50PM||1810 Hinman A56|
ANTHRO 484-0-20 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology: Language and Media
This course explores the relationship between linguistic and semiotic communication and forms of media. While all communication is mediated, this course will focus in particular on how this occurs through broadcast media (radio, television, print), film, social media, and digital communication. Topics include: advertising and branding; critical discourse analysis; digitally mediated communication; indigenous language media; genre and intertextuality; media ideologies; message and reception theory; style and stylization; and subtitling and dubbing. Assignments include presentations, response papers, a seminar paper prospectus, and a seminar paper.
|ANTHRO 490-0-21||Mapping People, Place, and Space||Mark Hauser||T 2-4:50pm||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 490-0-21 Mapping People, Place, and Space
This course is concerned with the method, theory, and practice underlying spatial analysis using tools such as GIS in understanding human landscapes in the past and present. We will focus on the kinds of data, methods of analysis, and frames of interpretation of landscapes in the past and present. In this course, students will be exposed to underlying theories of space in the interpretation of ancient and modern landscapes and gain practical experience collecting and analyzing spatial data in the context of anthropological research. While case studies will be drawn from a variety of contexts in archaeology, it is relevant to anyone who wishes to analyze data about and within the spatial and temporal contexts of the research, they are conducting.
|ANTHRO 490-0-22||Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity (AFST 390-0-20 / GBL_HLTH 390-0-22 / ANTHRO 390-0-24)||Sera Young||TTh 11-12:20pm||1810 Hinman 104|
ANTHRO 490-0-22 Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity (AFST 390-0-20 / GBL_HLTH 390-0-22 / ANTHRO 390-0-24)
|ANTHRO 490-0-24||Primate Diversity: Foundations for Understanding||Katherine Amato||W 1:30-4pm||1810 Hinman B07|
ANTHRO 490-0-24 Primate Diversity: Foundations for Understanding
Within the Primate order an astounding range of physiological adaptations and behaviors are represented. What processes led to this extreme diversification? How can an understanding of primate diversity inform studies of human physiology and behavior? In this course we will use both classic and recent non-human primate studies to explore topics such as nutrition, growth, disease, sociality, cognition, and communication. The course will rely heavily on reading and discussion of the primary literature, and is designed to be flexible so as to address the research interests and backgrounds of all participants. At the end of this course, students will have better insight into ecological and evolutionary theories relevant for explaining variation in a range of traits across the primate phylogeny and appreciate how studies of non-human primates impact our perspectives on human physiology and behavior.