Social Anthropology

ANTHRO 3626 - Research Design/Proposal Writing

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Anya Bernstein
Tues. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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,...

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ANTHRO 2812 - Space and Power

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Ajantha Subramanian
Tues. 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Tozzer 203

This course considers space as a structuring principle of social life and as a product of political activity. It treats space as a dynamic force animating human existence rather than as its static backdrop.

ANTHRO 2738 - Remaking Life and Death

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Anya Bernstein
Tues. 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Tozzer 102

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.

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ANTHRO 2656 - Introduction to Feminist Science Studies

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Anna Jabloner
Wed. 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Peabody 12

This seminar is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of feminist science studies. As the feminist movements of the 1970s began to change the American political landscape, academic feminists began inquiries into the marginalization of women in science a debate philosopher Harding called the woman question in science. Feminist scientists began to examine sex, gender and race bias in their own disciplines.

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ANTHRO 2643 - Paperwork: What Does Paper Do for Social Life?

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Malavika Reddy
Thurs. 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Tozzer 203

How does paper work in contemporary life? This course approaches this question by focusing on the paperwork, files, and record keeping practices of three organizational forms – bureaucracy, the corporation, and the nation-state. The aim of the class is for students to develop, in relation to their research sites and questions, a media theory of paperwork, a conceptual toolkit to make visible and to theorize an often-overlooked form. Tacking among ethnography, history and social theory, this course examines how paperwork – from forms, reports and memoranda to identity papers, receipts and business cards – mediate and materialize the collective projects that produce them. What is the relation of power and paper, and how might this question help us locate and understand the mundane materiality of social life?   

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ANTHRO 1906 - Care in Critical Times

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Andrea Wright
Thurs. 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Eliot House T-29

What is care? How can and do communities mobilize care as a social intervention, political act, and tool for building intimacy, healing, and hope? Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we care for ourselves and our communities, but caring is not an apolitical or individual act and we must analyze the inherent inequalities and social dimensions of what it means to give and receive care.

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ANTHRO 1610 - Ethnographic Research Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Kaya Williams
Wed. 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Tozzer 203

Introduction to methodology for contemporary ethnographic field research in anthropology. Students complete assigned and independent research projects relying on a variety of ethnographic methods, under supervision of department faculty.

Open to undergraduates only.

ANTHRO 1603 - The Law and Its Limits: Anthropological Approaches to Law

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Malavika Reddy
Tues. 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Tozzer 203

We often talk about the power of law to shape our worlds but what about its powerlessness? An axiom of contemporary life is that societies need law to address social, political and environmental ills. Yet, in the face of entrenched problems, including expanding who belongs, tackling inequality, and confronting environmental crisis, law often appears impotent or, worse, detrimental.... Read more about ANTHRO 1603 - The Law and Its Limits: Anthropological Approaches to Law

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