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ANTHRO 316: The Archaeology of the Contemporary Past

Archaeology is not limited to the study of the remote past. What happened a fifty years ago or even this morning can be subjected to archaeological scrutiny as well. In this course, we will see what the discipline has to say about the Second World War, refugees, climate change or music festivals through a diversity of global examples. We will also learn how to use archaeology to explore and understand our everyday world -our house, the town we live in, and the garbage we produce. Political and ethical issues are very relevant in the archaeology of the contemporary past: we will tackle them through readings, debates and the discussion of case studies.Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Last offered: Spring 2021

ANTHRO 323: Graduate Seminar in Economic Anthropology

Classical and contemporary anthropological perspectives on topics such as money, markets and exchange; capitalist and non-capitalist modes of production; class and socio-economic differentiation; globalization and neoliberalism; and the social and cultural construction of the object, "the economy". Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Last offered: Autumn 2020

ANTHRO 324: Political Anthropology

An anthropological approach to politics through bringing anthropological ways of thinking and modes of analysis to bear on key presuppositions of modern Western political thought. Ideas of rights, the individual, society, liberty, democracy, equality, and solidarity; ethnographic accounts used to identify the limits of conventional analytical approaches and to document the forms of politics that such approaches either ignore or misunderstand. Prerequisite: By consent of instructor. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student for this course.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5
Instructors: Ferguson, J. (PI)

ANTHRO 325: Care: A Critical Inquiry

Care: A Critical Inquiry examines ethnographic, philosophical, and social theoretical texts to understand the recent turn to care in anthropology. Topics include care as a relation; care and abandonment; the rationalization of care in law and medicine; the ethics of care; the queering of care, among others. Prerequisite: By instructor consent. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student.
Terms: Win | Units: 5

ANTHRO 326: Postcolonial and Indigenous Archaeologies

The role of postcolonial and Indigenous archaeologies as emergeant disciplinary activities within contemporary society. Community based archaeologies; the roles of oral history, landscape, and memory; archaeology as political action; and history in archaeological projects. The emergence of Indigenous archaeology within N. America in relation to limitations imposed by processual or new archaeology; and NAGPRA, Kennewick, essentialism, and terminal narratives within this context. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Last offered: Spring 2018

ANTHRO 330A: The Archive: Form, Practice, Thought

This seminar offers a wide-ranging exploration of the `archive.' Drawing from ethnography, social theory, philosophy, photography and literature, we will examine the archive's diverse material, narratological and structural dimensions, its epistemological, political and representational functions, processes of archivisation and recuperation, and related domains of experience, memory, absence and loss. Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Last offered: Spring 2022

ANTHRO 332: Anthropology of Ethics

Recent decades have witnessed what some scholars have termed an ethical turn in anthropology. This course explores the emergence of this field of study, asking the following questions: What has motivated a renewed anthropological interest in the subject of ethics? How has a focus on ethics enabled the development of new theoretical currents in the discipline? To what extent have anthropological studies of ethics provided new understandings of traditional topics, concerning social hierarchy, power relations, embodiment, and subject-formation?
Last offered: Spring 2018

ANTHRO 332B: Tradition

A central concept in modern social theory, the notion of tradition often invokes a picture of life stressing constraint against freedom, continuity against becoming, and transmission instead of novelty. This course asks why the concept of tradition evokes these binaries and how they limit our analytical imagination. What other understandings are possible? The course brings together ethnographic and archaeological debates on tradition, examining how pasts and futures relate in the present. From these engagements, we will consider themes of virtue and embodiment, learning and conduct, and historicity and time. Prerequisite: By instructor consent. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student for this course.
Terms: Win | Units: 5

ANTHRO 334A: A Family Romance: The Family in Contemporary Society

¿The family¿ is considered one of the most universal structures of human life. The study of kinship has wandered off anthropological syllabi just as it assumes ever greater significance within contemporary (often dystopic) political debates on the societies produced by different kinds of families. This course explores, cross-culturally and historically, how particular models and ideologies of ideal family structure and form have come to dominate and reshape society. We focus particularly on the importance of ideologies of kinship and family within moral imaginations, as well as the inevitable impossible nature of the emotional and material obligations placed by such ideologies. Firstly, the course will ask whether kinship structures are distinct structures of recognition that generate their own ambivalence, anxiety, and comfort. We will focus this through discussing the relationship of kinship to gender roles and ideologies. Secondly, it will locate how talking, thinking, doing and imagining how people are ¿properly¿ related to each other (as well as potential transgressions) are central to imaginations of the social itself. This will also initiate a larger debate on the nature of social change. Thirdly, the course will give students a precise and calibrated entrypoint into the debates around kinship from the perspective of three differing disciplines, social history, psychoanalysis, and anthropology. Prerequisites: By instructor consent. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student in this course
Terms: Aut | Units: 5

ANTHRO 337: VOICES

This course takes an anthropological perspective on psychotic voices, voices of resistance (mad and sane), voices of authority, voices of spirit, the sense of communication from another seen or unseen. We end with the writer's voice and how students can cultivate their own voice. We read first person examples and a range of theory, including Bakhtin, Lacan, Willy Apollon, Piaget and Vygotsky, and Elyn Saks, Zora Neale Hurston, Zadie Smith and EB White. Texts may shift depending on student input.Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Last offered: Autumn 2020
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