Courses & Syllabi


 

SPRING 2012

 

Introduction to Archaeology (ANT-2140)

 

 

Politics of Nature

 

 

FALL 2011

 

The Urban Landscape: Historical Perspectives

ANG-6186 (section 7301): T: 8-10 (3:00-6:00 pm); Turlington 2341

 

Syllabus

 

 

Tropics and Tropical Culture

ANT-4930 (section 6199): T (4-5; WM 0202); TH (4; MAT 0018)

 

Syllabus (Revised 9/1/2011)

Take-Home Exam 1 (Due: 10/20)

Take-Home Exam 2 (Due:12/08)

 

Oceania

Africa

Amazon

Amazon2

 

SUMMER 2012

 

ANT-3141 Development of World Civilization

ANCIENT CITIES (Distance Learning)

 

 

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FALL 2010

 

Archaeologies of the Body

 

The Archaeology of the Body entreats various issues of contemporary anthropological theory tied to questions of the human body and “corporeality” and, particularly, questions of scale and perspective as they impinge on human social bodies (what constitutes variously scaled social bodies). Some of the topics to be discussed include: embodiment, spatial and material aspects of corporeality, bodily meanings, thinking through the body, the body as representation, “being in the world,” the body as technology, the multiplicity of bodies in social theory and practice, historicizing social bodies, and issues of power related to human physical and social bodies.

 

Syllabus

 

Tropics and Tropical Culture

 

This course is a survey of the non-Western peoples of the tropics, that band of generally hot and humid lands – the “ Torrid Zone ” – often covered in rainforest. Three primary geographic areas are considered: Amazonia , the Pacific Islands , and sub-Saharan Africa . The course discusses first the discovery and exploration of the tropics and the representations of it that have emerged among Western thinkers over the past few centuries. The course considers how well these representations fit ethnographic and colonial realities of each area as known through anthropology.

Syllabus

 

Take-home 1 (Due 10/21)

Take-home 2 (Due 12/07)

 

PPT1  PPT2  PPT3

 

Oceania

Africa

Amazon 1

Amazon 2

Amazon 3

 

SPRING 2010

Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon (ANT 4930/ANG 6930)

Syllabus: MS Word

 

PPT1  PPT2  PPT3  PPT4  PPT5

 

This class is a survey course on the indigenous peoples and their histories in the humid tropics of lowland South America, or Amazonia, which roughly corresponds to the Amazon and Orinoco river basins.   The course covers the period from prehistory to present day cultures in several broad regions of the Amazon, including the Amazon River floodplains, the Northwest Amazon, the southern Amazon, Western Amazonia, and the Guianas.  The course will discuss images of the region in the Western popular and scientific imagination as dominated by small-scale, autonomous social formations, or tribes.  This is followed by a discussion of recent archaeology and ethnohistory and how they have revealed substantial cultural and historical variability, including large-scale, regional social formations, and that emphasize the grave impacts of Euro-American colonialism over the past few centuries.  Several ethnographies will highlight specific societies in different parts of the Amazon, including the relations between humans and the tropical forest environment.  Later segments of the course emphasize the supra-local connections of Amazonian peoples with broader processes of nation-state development, globalization, and the challenges of indigenous peoples today, including the areas of conservation and development across the world’s largest tropical forest, the “lungs of the world.”

 

Amazon

Peru

Peru

Se asia

Se asia-africa

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