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ANTHRO 140C: Mobilizing Nature

From Brazil's Landless Worker's Movement (MST) to Water Wars of Cochabamba to Standing Rock, these moments of protest have turned into movements. This seminar will examine how theoretical framings of movements have shifted from claims about political rights to environmental ones. We will address two overarching questions: How are notions of ethnicity, gender, and class constructed in relation to the environment? And how do people understand these relationships in such a way that motivates them to mobilize? Students will explore what kinds of ecological claims are being made, who is making, how, and who benefits from them. The objective is to ultimately understand how movements not only reflect, but also (re)shape political and social practices around the environment.
Last offered: Autumn 2017

ANTHRO 141: Beyond Incarceration (AFRICAAM 142)

The prison's hold on society is not limited to the millions within its walls and wider surveillance apparatus, what we might call mass incarceration, nor is it limited to the vast political and economic network which supports incarceration, that is, the prison industrial complex. It also has a hold on our minds. As Angela Davis argues in Are Prisons Obsolete, "The prison is considered so 'natural' that it is extremely hard to imagine life without it." This is what makes the United States a carceral society. In this service learning course we will take on the monumental and timely task of developing that abolitionist imaginary. We will not be making this journey alone, but will draw on the visions of activists, academics, and currently/formerly incarcerated scholars and artists to guide us. The course has two community partner organizations. With our first community partner, the Ella Baker Center, we will participate in the Prison Mail Night, where we will learn about the real situation more »
The prison's hold on society is not limited to the millions within its walls and wider surveillance apparatus, what we might call mass incarceration, nor is it limited to the vast political and economic network which supports incarceration, that is, the prison industrial complex. It also has a hold on our minds. As Angela Davis argues in Are Prisons Obsolete, "The prison is considered so 'natural' that it is extremely hard to imagine life without it." This is what makes the United States a carceral society. In this service learning course we will take on the monumental and timely task of developing that abolitionist imaginary. We will not be making this journey alone, but will draw on the visions of activists, academics, and currently/formerly incarcerated scholars and artists to guide us. The course has two community partner organizations. With our first community partner, the Ella Baker Center, we will participate in the Prison Mail Night, where we will learn about the real situations of currently incarcerated people and contribute to the procedural abolitionist task of helping people decarcerate themselves. With our second community partner, the Ahimsa Collective, will run weekly transformative justice circles for us to process the contents of the class and to learn a key process in the abolitionist toolkit. Alongside the service learning elements the syllabus is structured in three parts. In the first two weeks we will reflect on the deep history and global geography of the abolitionist struggle, as we can't know where we're going unless we know where we've come from. The middle five weeks will be a whistle-stop tour of current abolitionist struggles, from Abolish ICE to decriminalizing sex work, viewing the broader question of an abolitionist future from the unique issues foregrounded in each struggle. The final three weeks will be dedicated to developing final class projects, which will take the form of speculative artworks which explore the possible future of one abolitionist struggle. This class will be entirely virtual.nnCardinal Course certified by the Haas Center
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Maull, S. (PI)

ANTHRO 142B: Anthropology of the Internet

This course provides students with an introduction to anthropological approaches to the Internet as an object, and site, of study. Special attention is paid to the ways in which online media are changing the practices and materiality of politics. By reading recently published ethnographic analyses alongside classic anthropological and social theory texts students will come to a better understanding of the co-constitution of the Internet and contemporary social and political life.nnThough many Internet phenomena and websites are celebrated and discussed for their novelty, the questions and issues they present resonate with topics of longstanding anthropological concern. Each week of the course will be dedicated to bringing established anthropological frameworks to bear on a different aspect of the sociality and materiality of the net. How, for example, can anthropological theorizations of citizenship and publics help us make sense of ¿fake news¿ and ¿Twitter revolutions¿? How can Anderson¿s work on the role of the printing press in the emergence of the nation help us understand the ways in which blogs and online discussion boards facilitate transnational ¿imagined communities¿?

ANTHRO 143: Title Social Change in Contemporary China: Modernity and the Middle Kingdom (ANTHRO 243)

Over the last twenty years, residents of the People¿s Republic of China have experienced dramatic changes in nearly every facet of life. This undergraduate seminar introduces students to contemporary China through an examination of various types of social transformation. We will analyze how PRC residents of different backgrounds are confronting such processes as economic liberalization, migration, kinship transformation, sexual commodification, media proliferation, industrialization, and transnationalism? Priority is placed on reading, discussing and assessing research that uses qualitative methods and that situates political economy in dialogue with lived experience.
| UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

ANTHRO 144: Art and the Repair of the Self (ANTHRO 244)

Engaging the body/mind and its senses in the making of images and things has long been considered to have potentially great therapeutic significance. This course is a close examination of making as a form of therapy, as a form of communication, and, vitally, as a form of knowing. As such, it suggests new, analytically powerful possibilities for anthropological practice.
Last offered: Spring 2019

ANTHRO 147: Transregionalism (ANTHRO 247)

This course breaks away from bounded conceptions of society by transgressing conventional spatial containers such as the village, nation, region, and empire. Drawing on selected anthropological and historical monographs, students will learn how to follow clues to get out of the container, draw spatial boundaries anew, and develop outside-in perspectives on local puzzles. The transregional as a method implies an intermediate scale of analysis between the local and the global and demands a double engagement with area studies and social sciences.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Yolacan, S. (PI)

ANTHRO 147B: World Heritage in Global Conflict (ANTHRO 247B, ARCHLGY 147B)

Heritage is always political, it is typically said. Such a statement might refer to the everyday politics of local stakeholder interests on one end of the spectrum, or the volatile politics of destruction and erasure of heritage during conflict, on the other. If heritage is always political then one might expect that the workings of World Heritage might be especially fraught given the international dimension. In particular, the intergovernmental system of UNESCO World Heritage must navigate the inherent tension between state sovereignty and nationalist interests and the wider concerns of a universal regime. The World Heritage List has over 1000 properties has many such contentious examples, including sites in Iraq, Mali, Syria, Crimea, Palestine and Cambodia. As an organization UNESCO was born of war with an explicit mission to end global conflict and help the world rebuild materially and morally, but has found it¿s own history increasingly entwined with that of international politics and violence.
Last offered: Winter 2018

ANTHRO 148: Health, Politics, and Culture of Modern China (ANTHRO 248, CHINA 155A, CHINA 255A)

One of the most generative regions for medical anthropology inquiry in recent years has been Asia. This seminar is designed to introduce upper division undergraduates and graduate students to the methodological hurdles, representational challenges, and intellectual rewards of investigating the intersections of health, politics, and culture in contemporary China.
Last offered: Autumn 2019 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-ED, WAY-SI

ANTHRO 150: The Ordinary: The History of a Concept (ANTHRO 250)

The ordinary has today acquired something like a cultic status in contemporary culture. `Ordinary¿ citizens are the touchstone and essence of political democracy; the holy grail of effective marketing, the byword for earthy ethical judgment. In social science, the ordinary has blended in with the `normal¿ and the statistical mean. In Anthropology, ordinary life has all but replaced `cultural practice¿ as the epistemic gold standard of evidence. But this was not always so, and the ordinary has many, varied and contradictory meanings across the world.nThis course will (a) trace the historical emergence of the ordinary as a central ideological and metaphysical concept in modern thought and practice; (b) trace how the ordinary and the everyday have acquired unprecedented authority in anthropology; (3) trace the varies meanings and connotations of `the ordinary¿ in different socio-historical contexts from Asia, Africa and Euro-America.nThe literature will consist of ethnographies, and works of philosophical and historical scholarship.

ANTHRO 150B: Fire: Social and Ecological Contexts of Conflagration (EARTHSYS 150B)

Over 1 million acres burned from California wildland fires in 2018, yet conservative estimates suggest that four times as many acres burned annually in California preceding European colonialism. In this course we will explore how climate, land management, urban development, and human social institutions contribute to contrasts in wild and prescribed (intentional anthropogenic) fire patterns worldwide. We will investigate the socio-ecological values and harms associated with different fire and land-use policies and practices, ranging from Indigenous and small-scale contexts, conservation projects, and large-scale fire suppression efforts.
Last offered: Autumn 2019
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