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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: 3-5

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: Empires and Diasporas (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

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 154: Anthropology of Drugs: Experience, Capitalism, Modernity (ANTHRO 254B, CSRE 154)

This course examines the significant role ¿drugs¿ play in shaping expressions of the self and social life; in the management populations, and in the production of markets and inequality. It engages these themes through cultural representations of drugs and drug use, analyses of scientific discourse, and social theory. Topics include: the social construction of the licit and illicit; the shifting boundaries of deviance, disease and pleasure; and the relationship between local markets and global wars.
Last offered: Winter 2018

ANTHRO 154C: Animism, Gaia, and Alternative Approaches to the Environment (ANTHRO 254C, ARCHLGY 154, ARCHLGY 254, DLCL 254, REES 254)

Indigenous knowledges have been traditionally treated as a field of research for anthropologists and as mistaken epistemologies, i.e., un-scientific and irrational folklore. However, within the framework of environmental humanities, current interest in non-anthropocentric approaches and epistemic injustice, animism emerged as a critique of modern epistemology and an alternative to the Western worldview. Treating native thought as an equivalent to Western knowledge will be presented as a (potentially) decolonizing and liberating practice. This course may be of interest to anthropology, archaeology and literature students working in the fields of ecocriticism and the environmental humanities/social sciences, students interested in the Anthropocene, geologic/mineral, bio-, eco- and geosocial collectives, symbiotic life-forms and non-human agencies. The course is designed as a research seminar for students interested in theory of the humanities and social sciences and simultaneously helping students to develop their individual projects and thesis.
Last offered: Spring 2019

ANTHRO 156: Japanese Anthropology (ANTHRO 256)

This is an advanced reading seminar in the field of Japanses Anthropology. nIt will explore the historical development of the field and the contemporary issues and topics taken up by scholars of Japanese anthropology. Prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, and, society is required.
Last offered: Spring 2019

ANTHRO 157: Japanese Anthropology (ANTHRO 257)

This seminar focuses on the intersection between politics and popular culture in contemporary Japan. It will survey a range of social and political implications of practices of popular culture. Topics include J-pop, manga, anime, and other popular visual cultures, as well as social media. Students will be introduced to theories of popular culture in general, and a variety of contemporary anthropological studies on Japanese popular culture in particular. Prior knowledge of cultural anthropology is required.
Terms: Win, Spr | Units: 3
Instructors: Inoue, M. (PI)

ANTHRO 158: The Anthropology of Social Class (ANTHRO 258)

Course introduces social theory concepts and paradigms for the understanding of class. It then extends and revises those concepts and paradigms by considering anthropological approaches in different cultural and historical settings that consider the entanglements of class with other social hierarchies, especially race, caste, and ideas of "civilization" and "development".
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
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