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Spring 2022
ALL COURSES ARE IN PERSON, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Info subject to change.


Professional Devel/Teaching Cult Anth [In-Person]
GC: day/time/room TBA, Prof. TBA.
Non-credit workshop; students do not register, but attendance required for 1st year Cult & Ling Anth students.


ANTH 70000: Colloquium: Current Topics in Anthropology [In-person, HYFLEX] 
GC:   F. 4:15-6:15 pm, Rm. 5417 , 0 credits, Prof. Louise Lennihan
Lecture schedule TBA. Non-credit, PASS grade only. Required for students in years 1 & 2.


ANTH 70200: Cultural Anthropology II [In-Person]
GC: W. 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Rm. 6421, 4 credits, Prof. Ida Susser
Open to GC Level 1 Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology doctoral students only, OR by instructor’s permission. 


ANTH 70400: Contemporary Social Theory [In-Person]
GC: TH. 4:30pm-7:30pm, Rm. 6496, 4 credits, Prof. Christopher Loperena
Open to GC Level 1 Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology doctoral students only, OR by instructor’s permission. 

ANTH 70800: ST Cultural Anthro: International Human Rights [in person]
HC: Tues. 5:30-7:20pm, 3 credits, Prof. Marc Edelman
NOTE: This course will meet at Roosevelt House, 47-49 E.65th St, Rm 204. Spaces are limited.
Description:
Academic study of human rights in the United States often highlights institutions, legal instruments, international institutions, and civil and political rights. This course examines these too, but emphasizes aspects that sometimes receive less attention: historical events that spurred advances in human rights and global governance; social movements that struggle to fill normative gaps and advance protections for vulnerable groups; new debates over collective rights and economic, social and cultural rights; polemics over whether rights frames are the best way to advance social justice agendas; discussions over the “vernacularization” of human rights and the construction of human rights “from below”; and rising demands for environmental, gender, economic, and social justice, and for the rights of nature and non-humans.

ANTH 71200: The Anthropology of Labor: Disposability, Mobility, Contention [ONLINE]
GC: M. 2:00pm – 4:00pm, 3 credits, Prof. Ismael García-Colón Cross listed with EES 79903

ANTH 71500: The ABCs of Capital [In-Person]
GC: M. 4:15pm - 6:15pm, Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Rm. TBA, Prof. David Harvey
Offered jointly with The People’s Forum – additional details TBA. Seats will be limited. Cross listed with EES 79903


ANTH 71600: Platforms, Logistics, & Infrastructure of Global Capitalism [In-Person]
GC: TH. 11:45am - 1:45pm, Rm. 3207, 3 credits, Prof. Filip Stabrowski Cross listed with EES 79903


ANTH 72700: Politics of the Everyday in the Contemporary Middle East [HYBRID]
GC: TH. 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rm. 3306, 3 credits, Prof. Diane Riskedahl
Meets in-person at GC on: Feb 3, 10, 17; March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 14, 28; May 5, 12, 19
Fulfills area requirement for students in the Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology subfields. Cross listed with MAMES 72900
This course explores the question: What can a focus on everyday practices bring to our understanding of contemporary politics in the Middle East? Following de Certeau’s call to conceptualize people’s daily practices as a tactic for maneuvering within the structural constraints of society, this course explores everyday quotidian practices from walking, talking, waiting, and dwelling, as inherently political. From this perspective we hope to understand how power, from the level of family to the nation-state, is contested, negotiated, and reinforced by individuals as they make their way in their daily lives. Through close readings of long-term ethnographic material we will explore questions such as how popular culture can provide a means for civic engagement, how urban planning and forced displacement can shape understandings of home, family and belonging, and how the practices of everyday life and daily discourse may have been altered by the revolutionary activities of the Arab Spring.


ANTH 72800: Coloniality & Extractivism in Latin America [In-Person]
GC: W. 11:45am - 1:45pm, Rm. 3309, 3 credits, Prof. Julie Skurski
Fulfills area requirement for students in the Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology subfields. Cross listed with WSCP 81000
This seminar examines the central role of Latin America and the Caribbean in the making of the modern world. Building on Aníbal Quijano’s concept of coloniality, together with the work of Trouillot, Coronil, Hall, and others, we will examine the intertwined creation and expansion of capitalist relations, colonial and imperial forms of power, and gendered racial categories in Latin America, and the epistemological changes they entail.  The civilizing mission at the heart of colonial and developmentalist projects in the Americas informs the contemporary intensification of extractivism, as the region is mined for resources in the form of natural materials and human labor.  We will discuss extractivist projects facilitated by neoliberal policies, and opposition to them on the part of rising movements to defend Nature/the environment and to reclaim land that are increasingly led by indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples.


ANTH 77800: Semiotic Anthropology [In-Person]
GC: TH. 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Rm. 6495, 3 credits, Prof. Angela Reyes
For students in the Cultural Anthropology subfield, the course fulfills the subfield requirement for Linguistic Anthropology.  
What is a sign? Why should anthropologists care? If all aspects of sociocultural life, all modalities of action and experience, are mediated by sign phenomena, there is no outside of semiosis. This course considers what a semiotic anthropology might be and can be. It explores the historical and contemporary development of semiotic anthropology and its potential to draw the anthropological subfields closer together. We will consider the ontological status of the sign: how what is taken as a sign materializes as an object of sense perception. We will interrogate how this semiotic process relates to the creation of meaning and value and the advancement of political economic interests. The course draws primarily from recent scholarship in linguistic anthropology to explore how semiotic approaches are useful to conceptualizing what language is and what role sign processes play in pressing questions in anthropology and beyond.


ANTH 78500: Archaeology & Physical Anthropology [In-Person]
GC: F. 11:45am - 1:45pm, Rm. 9100, 4 credits, Prof. Alexander Bauer and Prof. Thomas Plummer
For students in the Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology subfields, this course fulfills the subfield requirements in Archaeology & Biological (Physical) Anthropology. Open to GC Anthropology doctoral students or w/instructor permission  


ANTH 79000: Core Evolutionary Morphology [In-Person]
HUNTER: T. 10:00am-1:00pm, Rm. TBA, 4 credits, Prof. Christopher Gilbert
Open only to NYCEP students, or with instructor permission.


ANTH 80500: Methods Module. Selected Topics in the R Ecosystem: Intro to Bayesian Statistics [In-Person]
GC: F. 11:00am- 1:00pm, Rm. 9204 , 1 credit, Prof. Ryan Raaum
Meets first 5 weeks of term only: 1/28 through 2/25/2022. Open to NYCEP students, or with instructor permission.


ANTH 80800: Doctoral Dissertation Writing [In-Person]
GC: F. 11:45am-1:45pm, Rm. TBA, 0 credits, Prof. Julie Skurski
Open to GC Anthropology Level 3 doctoral students for audit only.


ANTH 81100: The Social Life of Time [In-Person]
GC: TH. 11:45am-1:45pm, Rm. 6494. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Gary Wilder


ANTH 81900: The New Critical Ethnography: Hybrid, Virtual, and Multi-modal [HYBRID]
GC: T. 11:45am - 1:45pm, Rm. 3309, 3credits, Prof. Setha Low
Meets in-person at GC on: 2/1, 3/15, 4/2, 5/3, 5/10 [confirmed]; additional tentative dates: 2/8, 2/22, 4/26.
This section open to GC Anthropology doctoral students only. Seats are limited. Crosslisted with PSYC & EES
See course absract here


ANTH 82000: Intersecting Mobilities [In-Person]
GC: W. 4:15pm - 6:15pm, Rm. 3308, 3 credits, Prof. Miriam Ticktin
This course explores the case for a greater theoretical and empirical focus on mobility in social, cultural, and political life, not as a synonym for migration, but rather as a conceptual underpinning for academic disciplines and political life that are too frequently committed to stasis, sedentarism, and bounded place. Instead, it puts mobility itself, understood as both the capacity for and the actuality of movement, front and center, in order to understand how it has generated forms of social and political order, forms of subjectivity, and new assemblages of things, people, ideas, life. It also attends to mobility’s counter-force, immobility, not as a normative state of being, but as something that is actively produced. Mobility has often been seen as epiphenomenal, while individuals, objects, states, and places have been taken as ‘the real’ things, who sometimes happen to be mobile. We ask what it would mean to reverse that assumption. Readings will draw from anthropology, politics, and other cognate disciplines, including literatures on the autonomy of migration, political geographies of space and place, environmental mobility, and mobility studies.


ANTH 82400: Decolonizing Methodologies [In-Person]
GC: T. 2:00pm-4:00pm, Rm. 3309, 3 credits, Prof. Naomi Schiller
Fulfills the Methods course requirement for students in the Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology subfields.


ANTH 82500: Rumor and Conspiracy [In-Person]
GC: T. 4:15pm - 6:15 pm, Rm. 3307, 3 credits, Prof. John Collins


ANTH 83500: Bioarchaeology [In-Person]
GC: F. 11:45am-1:45pm, Rm. 5383, 3 credits, Prof. Kate Pechenkina


ANTH 83600: Historical Archaeology [In-Person]
GC: TH. 4:15pm - 6:15 pm, Rm. 5383, 3 credits, Prof. Matthew Reilly


ANTH 84100: Climate & Sustainability [In-Person]
GC: T. 2:00pm-4:00pm, Rm. 3307, 3 credits, Prof. Thomas McGovern


ANTH 87700: Language Standardization & Social Inequality [Cross-listed TBA]
GC: T. 11:45am - 1:45pm, Rm. 3212, 3 credits, Prof. Jose Del Valle
This section open to GC Anthropology doctoral students only. Cross listed with LAILAC. Seats may be limited.
In this seminar, using Ayres-Bellamy and Bennett recent handbook (2021) as a reference for the state-of-the-art in language standardization studies, we will discuss the currency of various theories developed over several decades. We will approach these theories with a view to understanding standardization´s implication in the construction of different forms of social inequality and its potential to support emancipatory efforts. First, we will focus on the analysis of the classic paradigm as represented by Einar Haugen (1972). We will examine its connections to the historical emergence of the public sphere (Habermas 1962) and the nation-state (Anderson 1983, Gellner 1983, Hobsbawm 1990); and we will identify the ideal representations of citizen and community explicitly or implicitly invoked in this model. Secondly, we will focus on critical approaches to language standardization, as a site of power struggles (Joseph 1987), as an ideological process (Milroy and Milroy 1985/2012), as a colonial undertaking (Parakrama 1995), and as an expression of social anxiety (Cameron 1995/2012). We will consider the extent to which these critical approaches offer a better understanding of standardization as a potentially emancipatory strategy. And we will conclude by assessing the degree to which current research has furthered (or not) the research and views of classic and decades-old work.