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Spring 2003

ANTH 0000 - Colloquium on Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

GC: W, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 6402, 0 credits, Prof. Michael Blim
[Alternates with the Colloquium on Professional Development. Students do not register for this colloquium.]

The teaching colloquium is designed to enable students to improve their performance as classroom teachers of a variety of anthropological offerings. Purposes, practices, and techniques are explored in a setting that is designed to foster problem-solving solutions to pedagogical problems that are common to all teaching as well as specific to teaching anthropology.

ANTH 0000 - Colloquium on Professional Development

GC: W, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 6402, 0 credits, Profs. Gerald Creed and Louise Lennihan [Alternates with the Colloquium on Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology. Students do not register for this colloquium.]

Spring 2003 workshop topics will include: how to present a paper or organize a session at a professional meeting; how to publish a paper; employment as an anthropologist outside the academy.

ANTH 70000- Current Topics in Anthropology

GC: F, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. TBA, 0 credits, Profs. Louise Lennihan and Jane Schneider [55481]

ANTH 70200- Core Course in Cultural Anthropology: Contemporary Issues and Debates II

GC: W, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 6495, 3 credits, Profs. Leith Mullings and Shirley Lindenbaum [55482] Permission of instructors is required.

This course, like 70100 in the fall, is designed to introduce students to the current issues, debates, and controversies in cultural anthropology. This semester we consider anthropological perspectives on such sites of inequality and difference as class, race, gender, and sexuality. Next we reflect on the ways in which contemporary anthropological topics have been reworked in the context of contemporary conditions. What has happened to kinship? What is the status of ethnographic writing? What are the new approaches to understanding development? Finally, we examine applied, advocacy, and collaborative anthropology, exploring the intersection between the research process and social problems.

ANTH 70400- Contemporary Anthropological Theory

GC: F, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 6494, 3 credits, Prof. Talal Asad [55483]

There is no permanent way of defining anthropolgy or "the core" of anthropology. What we have is a complex set of interconnected disciplines. Tracing the geneaology of anthropology would mean describing the coming together, and separation, of a number of problems, methods, and perspectives. It is not only the "four fields" that are contingently related (through a Boasian vision of anthropology as an evolution subject). Cultural anthropology itself represents contingent fields of study and intervention. That is why cultural anthropologists often talk past each other —and why it's easier for many of them to discuss intellectual issues with students in other disciplines than with "fellow anthropologists." This is not a new situation. Anthropology has been repeatedly shaped and reshaped as an academic discipline (perhaps more so than others because of its ambitious scope) by its contacts with other fields of study. That's part of the reason for the instability and challenge anthropology contains today. The most innovative work in anthropology has been done when its temporary boundaries are overstepped, when ideas and methods are borrowed from other disciplines and also argued with. Old Testament Studies (Robertson Smith), Classics (Frazer), Durkheimian sociology (Radcliffe Brown), Saussurian linguistics (Levi-Strauss), Marxism, feminism, literary criticsm, bio-sciences, etc.

This course will concentrate on detailed readings of texts by anthropologists as well as by non-anthropologists. These will include such writers as Levi-Strauss, Leach, Douglas and Bourdieu; Wolf, Geertz and Sahlins; Foucault, Koselleck, and MacIntyre; Rose and Nussbaum. Close, critical familiarity with these writings will be encouraged with a view to discussing some concepts that are used in anthropology today —structure, symbolic interpretation, class, world system, the self, history, and others. This is an intensive course, and those who register will be expected to have some prior familiarity with the history of anthropology.

ANTH 71000- Anthropology of the Body

GC: F, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Rm. 6494, 3 credits, Prof. Shirley Lindenbaum [55484]

In this course we will read and evaluate a wide range of literature that views the body as a product of specific social, cultural, and historical contexts: the gendered body, the decorated body, the desiring body, the politicized body, the captive body, the consumed body, the colonized body. We will also take up the difficult matter of both having and being bodies, often dealt with in writings about subjectivity and the relation of biology to society.

ANTH 71100- Reading Gramsci

GC: T, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Rm. 6494, 3 credits, Prof. Kate Crehan [55485]

Antonio Gramsci is one of the major theorists of power. This course will focus on a careful and close reading of Gramsci's own texts, primarily those from the prison notebooks, examining the relevance of these for contemporary anthropologists. It will also locate Gramsci in his historical context. In the final part of the course we will look at some ethnographies that have engaged with Gramsci in various ways.

ANTH 72600- Ethnology and Ethnography of Africa

GC: T, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 6114, 3 credits, Prof. Katherine Snyder [55486]

This course will explore how anthropological explorations in Africa have affected both the field of anthropology as well as wider understandings of the continent. With this central theme in mind, the course will explore such topics as religion, gender, politics, "modernity," and colonialism. The course will take an historical approach, both to the anthropology of Africa and to issues of social change.

ANTH 72700- Ethnology and Sociology of Contemporary China

GC: T, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 6493, 3 credits, Profs. Uradyn Bulag and Peter Kwong [55487] [cross-listed with SOC 82100]

This seminar examines the wide-ranging impact of China's "liberal reforms" that began in the late 1970s under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping. Its particular focus is on the social, political, and cultural impact on various segments of the society due to the rapid modernization programs. The course is also interested in analyzing the changes of strategy in the handling of national unity issues, in view of China's self-perception as an "emerging world power." It will pay special attention to the government's tactics in dealing with national minorities, migrating and emigrating Chinese, as well as other forces that threaten its march to modernity.

ANTH 77000- Core Course in Linguistic Anthropology

GC: Th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 6495, 3 credits, Prof. Miki Makihara [55488] [cross-listed with LING 79100]

Language is one of the most important resources in the conduct of our social life. Linguistic behavior is the central focus of many social settings, and it is also on linguistic evidence that we base many of our evaluations of the world around us. Yet attitudes toward language and how we use language are highly dependent on social and cultural factors, which also influence how and why language changes. This course is an introduction to linguistic anthropology (the study of the relationship between language and culture and of the use of languages in socio-cultural context). We will examine the nature of language, its role in our social life, and linguistic and anthropological theory and methodology through reading ethnographic and sociolinguistic case studies and discourse analyses. Topics examined include: linguistic and communicative competence, linguistic structure and use, language universals, linguistic relativity, language acquisition and socialization, verbal politeness, the relationship between language change and variation, gender, ethnicity and nationalism, language and political economy, bilingualism, and linguistic ideology.

ANTH 80700- Land, Labor, and Capital

GC: Th, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Rm. 5383, 3 credits, Profs. Michael Blim and David Harvey [55491]

ANTH 80800- Doctoral Dissertation Writing

GC: T, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 6402.01, 3 credits, Prof. Jane Schneider [55492] [Level 3 students only. Course is audited; students do not register for credit.]

ANTH 80900- Towards an Anthropology (and Poetics) of the Imagination

GC: T, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 6495, 3 credits, Prof. Vincent Crapanzano [55493] [cross-listed with CL 80100]

This seminar attempts to develop an anthropology, and by extension a poetics, of the imagination. It will be centered around what the French poet and art critic Yves Bonnefoy calls the arriere-pays (roughly, the horizon, the hinterland, the beyond) and the way this hinterland effects our perception, evaluation, and understanding of the foreground, the present-at-hand, the immediate. This hinterland is continually displaced; for, inevitably, its articulation and description constitute new horizons. It seems that our anthropologies have ignored this dimension of social and cultural experience in their descriptions and theorizing. Though a preoccupation of romanticism, it has been largely evaded by formalist theories of poetry and art.

After having looked, superficially to be sure, at the genealogy of the imagination in the Western world, we will turn to the relationship between imagination and discursive and representational practices. Particular attention will be given to the (rhetorical) role of silence, communicative gaps and their concealment, and that which resists articulation: the intransigent. I am particularly interested in the relationship between notions of closure, completion, and totalization and those of openness, incompletion, and fragmentation (as they are manifested, for example, in aesthetic ideals - Navaho sand paintings versus Western landscapes - or in social and cultural ideologies: fundamentalism versus postmodernism). Among the themes to be considered are conceptions of history (cyclical, linear, oscillating, meaningful, meaningless, purposeful, purposeless, redemptive, damning), of space ("real," symbolic, mythic, static, dynamic) and of the apocalyptic, and utopian dreams — but also of the past: the beyond of both personal and collective memories, their delimitation and cessation. We will look at the construction of desire and hope (in cargo cults), at the way pain and trauma "anchor" articulation and freeze time, and at memory as private and public memorializations (as biographical and historical orientation points) that deny time as they celebrate history. This seminar is for advanced students. A research paper will be required.

ANTH 82000- Seminar: Social Movements

GC: W, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Rm. 6495, 3 credits, Prof. Marc Edelman [55490]

Social movements are increasingly important actors in shaping processes of cultural, political, and economic change. This course will analyze social scientific approaches to collective action, past and present, including theoretical and case studies about class- and identity-based movements, transnational and internet activism, networks, and civil society. Specific cases to be examined may include labor, agrarian, environmental, women's rights, human rights, gay-lesbian and minority rights movements, as well as conservative and religious fundamentalist movements.

ANTH 82303- Field Methods and Proposal Writing

GC: W, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 6493, 3 credits, Prof. Louise Lennihan [55494] [Permission of the instructor is required.]

ANTH 83300- Archaeological Field Methods

Hunter College: M, 5:30-7:20 p.m., Rm. 732HN, 3 credits, Prof. Thomas McGovern [55495]

ANTH 84000- Soil, Sediments, and Cultural Landscape: A Geoarchaeology of the North Atlantic

Brooklyn College: T & Th, 8:00-9:15 a.m., Rm. 538NE, 3 credits, Prof. Sophia Perdikaris [55496]

We will discuss principles of soil and sediment stratigraphy in cultural landscapes; site formation and sediment accumulation in settlements; early arable land management; historical dimensions of grazing pressure and land degradation; landscapes of inheritance and settlement.

ANTH 89800- Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Hunter College: T, 5:30-7:20 p.m., Rm. 730HN, 3 credits, Prof. John Oates [55497]

Much attention has been given in recent years to the world's tropical forests, and particularly to the damage they are suffering. It has been suggested that this damage will have far-reaching, long-term effects, with massive extinctions of plant and animal species occurring as well as changes to regional and global climate. But how much of this speculation is based on hard evidence and how much is myth or opinion? In this seminar course we will attempt an objective analysis of the available evidence. We will ask: What are tropical forests and where are they found? What are the main ecological features of these forests and of the animals which live in them? What has been the long-term history of the forest? How have people interacted with the forest in the past, how are they interacting with it today, and what are the consequences of this interaction? What are the options available for conserving tropical forests and what are some of the difficulties facing effective conservation? We will consider whether the strategy of achieving conservation as part of a process of "sustainable development" is likely to be viable, and examine the policies of international conservation organizations.

ANTH 89901 - Independent Study/Research in Cultural Anthropology

GC: Room/Instructor TBA, 3-9 credits. Permission of instructor is required.

ANTH 89902 - Independent Study/Research in Archaeology

GC: Room/Instructor TBA, 3-9 credits. Permission of instructor is required.

ANTH 89903 - Independent Study/Research in Linguistic Anthropology

GC: Room/Instructor TBA, 3-9 credits. Permission of instructor is required.

ANTH 89904 - Independent Study/Research in Physical Anthropology

GC: Room/Instructor TBA, 3-9 credits. Permission of instructor is required.

ANTH 90000 - Dissertation Supervision

GC: Room/Instructor TBA, 1 credit