The relation is complicated rather than simple, problematic rather than straightforward. To begin to explore this question, we discuss key theoretical issues and illuminating examples that begin to sketch out an approach to linking language, culture, and society. Specifically, we consider the following problems:
How is language use a kind of social action? (It is something we do; it has social effects.)
How does language organize and provide access to shared concepts and beliefs...
This course is a critical reading graduate seminar focusing on how defining the boundaries between life and death became a matter of profound political, cultural, and scientific debate. Guided by the concepts of bio- and necropolitics, we will explore the shifting relations between body and person, human and time, and technology and biology while attending to the changing political, biomedical and religious contexts.
Prof. Jess Beck Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Peabody 561
In 2018, Oxfam reported that the 26 richest people on the planet had the same net worth as half of the global population. The rampant wealth disparities in the modern world lead us to ask whether inequality is an inescapable component of all societies. Through its unique access to the deep time of human prehistory, archaeology allows us to question myths and just-so stories about the origins and inevitability of inequality.... Read more about ANTHRO 1033 - Archaeology of Inequality
Prof. Joyhanna Garza Mon. and Weds. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Tozzer 102
Ethnic studies is the critical interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity as understood from the intellectual, political, and cultural histories and perspectives of minoritized groups in the United States. Ethnic studies scholars analyze the social dynamics of race, racism, and various forms of institutionalized violence including the historical and lasting legacies of colonialism, chattel slavery, US imperalism, white supremacy, and more.... Read more about ANTHRO 1707 - Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and the Transpacific Ethnography of Asian America
Prof. Julia Fierman Mon. 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM Tozzer 203
This seminar focuses on the anthropology of Latin America in the context of late capitalism to understand the political, economic, and cultural consequences of particular modes of production and the social worlds they create.
Profs. Arthur Kleinman, Salmaan Keshavjee, Anne Becker, and Paul Farmer Tues. and Thurs. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Science Center Hall B
If you are sick or hurt, whether you live or die depends not only on biological factors, but social ones: who you are and where you are, what sort of healthcare system is available to help you survive, and what kind of care is available to help you recover, if society believes you deserve it.
Prof. Michael Puett Mon. and Wed. 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CGIS South S010
What is the best way to live a fuller and more ethical life? Concretely what should we do to begin to live in a more flourishing and inspiring way? Questions such as these were at the heart of philosophical debates in China. The answers that classical Chinese thinkers developed in response to these questions are among the most powerful in human history. Regardless of whether one agrees with them...
Profs. Rowan Flad and Jason Ur Mon. and Wed. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM CGIS South S010
What happened in the past? How do you know? Even though today we take great pains to document every major event that occurs, more than 99% of human history is not written down. How, then, can we determine with any certainty what people did, let alone thought about, hundreds, thousands, and even millions of years ago?
Profs. Matthew Liebmann and Daniel Smail Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Harvard Hall 202
When does history begin? To judge by the typical history textbook, the answer is straightforward: six thousand years ago. So what about the tens of thousands of years of human existence described by archaeology and related disciplines? Is that history too?
Prof. Peter Der Manuelian Tues. 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM Emerson Hall 318
Mysterious pyramids, colossal royal statues, tiny gold jewelry, decorated tomb chapels, temples, settlements, fortresses, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. This was the excavation legacy in Egypt and Sudan of Egyptologist George Reisner (1867–1942).
This course is part seminar, part practicum. Its purpose is to help students conceptualize and design a research project, to craft effective research and grantproposals, and to prepare for ethnographic and archival work. The first and longest part of the course will focus on formulating a researchable project, in all its various elements; how to write a statement of problem, to frame arguments/theses, to situate work in the appropriate anthropological literature/s, to develop a methodological approach, and techniques,...
The purpose of the practicum is to provide curatorial experience in the Peabody Museum (PMAE), directly supervised by a PMAE curator. The practicum is designed to designed to introduce students to contemporary museum curatorial practice, to provide hands-on experience working with PMAE collections, and opportunity for reflexive research based in historical context. The practicum will be developed in consultation with PMAE curator and will be related to PMAE projects and initiatives.