Courses

ANTH 4: Communicating Anthropology

How can cultural anthropology help us to understand current events unfolding locally, nationally, and globally? Students learn how to "read" newspapers differently—that is, through the lens of cultural analysis. The world of everyday politics and society, as it unfolds in debates happening right now, forms the topical substance of the course.

ANTH 130J: Statemaking in Latin America

Introduction to ethnohistory and political anthropology of one or more Latin American countries: Typically Mexico and one other country. Students explore how contested concepts such as indigeneity, nation or state come to gain credibility and are deployed in contemporary politics.

ANTH 130M: Inside Mexico

In Mexico, many people call upon the past in present day politics, invoking for example the Aztecs, the Conquest or the Mexican Revolution. This class explores the ethnohistory and political anthropology of Mexico, moving from conquest through colony, the construction of the idea of Mexico during the nineteenth century, to present day politics and popular culture. We will focus particularly on how contested concepts such as indigeneity, nation, or state come to gain credibility and are deployed in contemporary politics. Students will apply theories from readings to interpret present day political or cultural events, including a final research project on a topic of their own choice.

Anthropology 146: Anthropology and the Environment

This class looks at anthropological approaches to studying the relationship between society and environment. Analysis and practice are closely related; defining the causes of environmental problems requires the production of categories of nature and culture, which in turn are necessary to designing policies and politics which can remedy environmental degradation. In the second half of the course we apply anthropological approaches to a variety of production systems, and to conservation and development institutions, looking at proposed solutions to development problems, including traditional ecological knowledge and community natural resource management. Part of the class is lecture based, part is based upon in-class discussions and activities.

ANTH 166: States, Bureaucracies and Other Cosmological Propositions

Investigates the cosmologies of states and bureaucracies and the practices through which officials or rulers seek to produce order, knowledge, or stability. Looks at paperwork, nationalist and court rituals, practices of mapping and classification, forms of citizenship.

ANTH 194U: Senior Seminar in Environmental Anthropology: Nature, Culture, Politics

Presents key readings in environmental anthropology focusing on environmental conflicts. Students guided in developing research paper on a society environment topic of their choice. Class is writing intensive with in-class discussion and final presentations.

ANTH 233: Politics of Nature

Anthropology 246: Advanced Readings in Environmental Anthropology

Survey of history and topics of contemporary interest in environmental anthropology, including political ecology, environmental history, ethnoecology, and multi-species anthropology. Additional advanced readings on contemporary environmental anthropology research.

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