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ANTHRO 302A: Technopolitics: Materiality, Power, Theory (HISTORY 302)

This graduate readings seminar provides a lively introduction to some of the major themes and issues in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). How do technologies and material assemblages perform power? How are their designs and uses shaped by social, cultural, and political dynamics? How do they shape those dynamics? The course draws on an interdisciplinary body of literature in humanities and social science, mixing theoretical material with more empirically oriented studies, and classics with new scholarship.
Last offered: Autumn 2019

ANTHRO 302D: Power in the Anthropocene: Pasts, Presents, Futures (HISTORY 302D, SUSTAIN 352)

The Anthropocene designates the present geological epoch, in which humans have irreversibly changed planet Earth, with impacts discernible in the atmosphere, biosphere, and more. The term has also become a "charismatic mega-category" in the humanities and social sciences, where some critique the very concept, while others focus on how power dynamics, political economy, racial capitalism, and human/non-human relations manifest--and often accelerate--Anthropocenic transformations. This PhD-level course dives into these debates, drawing on work in a wide range of fields in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and natural science (the latter with works accessible to non-expert audiences). The course involves considerable reading. Written assignments will be varied and often experimental. The format of the final assignment will be flexible, with options that can be adapted to the needs and interests of individual students.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5
Instructors: Hecht, G. (PI)

ANTHRO 303: Introduction to Archaeological Thought

The history of archaeological thought emphasizes recent debates. Evolutionary theories, behavioral archaeology, processual and cognitive archaeology, and approaches termed feminist and post-processual archaeology in the context of wider debate in adjacent disciplines. The application and integration of theory on archaeological problems and issues. Prerequisite: By consent of instructor. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student for this course.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5
Instructors: Voss, B. (PI)

ANTHRO 303A: Contemporary Debates in Archaeological Thought

This course provides students an introduction to archaeological theory, ethics, and practice in the early 21st century. We will consider the wide range of moves beyond post-processualist archaeology; These will include but not limited to materiality, symmetry, the move from identity to intersectionality, the turn to engaging semiotics, anthropologies of infrastructure, religion and secularism, and the debate over practices and prospects of collaborative and community-based research. We will characterize each of these in terms of their philosophical commitments and inspirations, their methodological programs, their modes of writing and polemics, alongside an assessment of their ethical horizons. Prerequisite by consent of instructor. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student in the course.
Terms: Win | Units: 5
Instructors: Trivedi, M. (PI)

ANTHRO 303E: Infrastructure & Power in the Global South (AFRICAST 303E, HISTORY 303E)

In the last decade, the field of infrastructure studies has entered into conversation with area studies, post/colonial studies, and other scholarship on the "Global South." These intersections have produced dramatic new understandings of what "infrastructures" are, and how to analyze them as conduits of social and political power. This course offers a graduate-level introduction to this recent scholarship, drawing primarily on works from history, anthropology, geography, and architecture.
Last offered: Winter 2019

ANTHRO 303X: Memory, Materiality, and Archaeology (ARCHLGY 303)

This seminar will explore several themes related to memory and material culture - broadly conceived to include art, architecture, the built environment, and landscapes, through archaeological, historical, and ethnographic lenses. How can we understand the role of socially resonant individual and collective memories through materiality in the past? What is the materiality of memorialization and commemoration, and are they affected by political contestation and power? Additionally, how does material culture through anthropological interpretation aid or transform social memory in the present?This seminar does not attempt to be all-inclusive of the themes and topics generated by intersection of memory and materiality. Rather, the seminar is designed around an introduction to how humanists and social scientists (including sociocultural anthropologists and archaeologists) have approached social and collective memory, and seven specific theoretical or threads for which archaeologists offer unique insight. Some of the works we will read and discuss are established classics of archaeology and related disciplines, while others are more recent works. By putting certain works in conversation through our seminar, the aim is to push our understanding of the potential for thinking through materiality in exploring memory.
Last offered: Winter 2022

ANTHRO 304: Becoming Muslim: Practice, Assemblage, Tradition (ARCHLGY 201)

The growing study of material Islam broadly occupies two distinct fields: first, archaeologies of premodern Islam and material histories and second, ethnographic meditations on the distinctive relation between the materiality of practice and subjectivity in muslim societies. This intensive reading seminar brings major recent studies from both these fields into conversation. We will read archaeological, historical, and ethnographic studies to consider how debates over the materiality of practice from muslim contexts pose problems to social theory. The course will first engage with definitional and theoretical problems in understanding Islam and conversion to Islam. Subsequently, the course considers the following themes: conduct, embodiment, prayer, suffering and care. Through these engagements we will examine the relations between moral and material substance, the place of objects within ethical pursuits, and the salience of material assemblages to the in/disciplines of the body. These explorations will be situated within wider anthropological discussions of agency and volition, becoming, and theorizations of materiality, assemblages, and forms of life.Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Last offered: Spring 2021

ANTHRO 306: Anthropological Research Methods

Required of ANTHRO Ph.D. students. Other graduate students may enroll. Research methods and modes of evidence building in ethnographic research. Prerequisite: By instructor consent. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student for this course.
Terms: Win | Units: 5
Instructors: Yolacan, S. (PI)

ANTHRO 307: Archaeological Methods

Methodological aspects of field and laboratory practice from traditional archaeological methods to the latest interdisciplinary analytical techniques. The nature of archaeological data and inference; interpretive potential of these techniques. Prerequisite: By consent of instructor. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student for this course.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Bauer, A. (PI)

ANTHRO 308: Proposal Writing Seminar in Cultural and Social Anthropology

Required of second-year Ph.D. students in the culture and society track. The conceptualization of dissertation research problems, the theories behind them, and the methods for exploring them. Participants draft a research prospectus suitable for a dissertation proposal and research grant applications. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: By consent of instructor. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student for this course.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Hansen, T. (PI)
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