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Spring 2020 Course Offerings

APY 501SEM: Teaching and Research Resources

Dr. Joyce Sirianni

Pedagogical aspects of instruction, including use of films, laboratories and field experience, bibliographic and archival materials, cross-cultural files and data banks.

APY 515EM: Topics - Politics of Indigeneity

Reg. #21846
Tuesday 3:30-6:10pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

While indigeneity is often treated as an instrument of political representation and legal appeal, this course explores the historical and relational underpinnings from which so-called ethnic movements draw. Building from ethnographic and historical texts, the course begins with a careful examination of how embodied orientations to place have given way to distinct articulations of political belonging, particularly in the region of South America. We then consider how these place-based modes of collectivity have been shaped by various events including colonial land dispossession, republican projects of national integration and citizenship, labor movements and new extractive economies, multicultural reforms, and anti-imperialist projects of ethnic revivalism. In the final part of the course, we track the unexpected ways that these older orientations to place and collectivity are creatively redeployed within newer struggles for indigenous and environmental justice. By exploring the ways that specific histories of attachment shape contemporary demands for rights and political belonging, the course aims to foster new ways of approaching indigeneity in anthropology and beyond.

APY 540LEC: History of Archaeology

Reg. #24730
Monday, 9:30am-12:10pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Timothy Chevral

APY 545LEC: Dental Anthropology

Reg. #24186
Tuesday 4:00-6:40pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Joyce Sirianni

This seminar covers topics such as embryological development and growth of primate jaws and teeth; basic craniofacial anatomy; theories of dental evolution; basic dental anatomy; nonhuman and human dental variation; forensic odontology, and dental pathologies. Students will be required to make presentations on various dental topics, e.g., dental adaptations to diet, evolutionary trends in hominid tooth size, ethnic differences in tooth morphology and size.

APY 546SEM: Topics - Evolution of Human Diversity

Reg. #22096
Friday 10:00am-12:40pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel

The nature and extent of the biological diversity observed among human populations has been at the heart of anthropological enquiry for centuries. Here, we will explore the history of ‘racial anthropology’ and its impact on the modern discipline of biological anthropology. Biological anthropologists today use a variety of analytical models and techniques drawn from population and quantitative genetics in order to analyze human biological diversity in a meaningful way. Students will be introduced to these such that the complexities of microevolutionary theory are readily understood through a series of modern human case-studies.

Students will investigate the extent to which humans have adapted to various environmental conditions as well as understanding the effects of recent migrations, demographic changes and population expansions. This facilitates a direct comparison with other non-evolutionary methods of analysis such as those employed by forensic anthropologists. Finally, we will investigate the potential for using models of human diversity to understand the evolution of other human paleospecies. This places the study of modern human biology within the broader framework of human evolution.

APY 572SEM: Topics - Archaeology of Identities

Reg. #18721
Thursday 3:30-6:10pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Giulia Vollono

This graduate seminar explores the various facets of individuals' and communities’ identities such as gender, age, ethnicity, social status and religious beliefs. It will examine how the process of identity construction was shaped by the encounters between cultures in Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe from an archaeological, anthropological and historical perspective. The seminar will also provide a broad discussion of theories of encounters and interaction as well as methods to study both archaeological and written sources.

APY 573LEC: Primate Evolutionary Biology

Reg. #21712
Monday 4:00-6:40pm
Dr. Joyce Sirianni

Primate specialization and taxonomy, fossil history, anatomy and behavior in the primate order, odontology and human origins.  Lecture course with some laboratory work.

Note: Students enrolled must attend Monday evening lectures from 4:00-6:40pm in 170 Fillmore.

APY 575SEM: Topics - Living in the Anthropocene

Reg. #24380
Thursday, 12:30-3:10pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

This interdisciplinary course engages with debates about the controversial concept of the Anthropocene the idea that humans have irrevocably (and negatively) altered the earth in the current epoch and debates about the future of (various) humans, their relationships to other species, and planetary transformation. How does anthropogenic climate change affect other living beings, including humans? How do we think about anthropos, or the human, in such times? When did the Anthropocene begin, and which humans brought it into being? How are differently situated humans being changed by the rapid environmental changes under way? How are our notions of the human intertwined with those about other forms of life? What kind of worlds are being made and unmade, and for what beings? In exploring these and other questions, we will analyze works by anthropologists, geographers, philosophers, lawyers, feminists, STS thinkers, economists, sociologists, chemists, geologists, and other scientists.  
Discussions will range from reflections on temporal scales (geological, biological, historical) to questions from Marxist ecologists about the relations between humans and nature; from anthropologists arguing for the pertinence of disciplinary insights to transdisciplinary conversations; from studying multispecies relations and extinctions to rethinking relations of power through scientific tropes; from queries about the universality of nature to explorations of ways of living in catastrophic times.

APY 578SEM: Ethnomedicine

Reg. #23641
Wednesday, 2:00-4:40pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Meghana Joshi

In this course we will survey the major contemporary approaches to the study of such beliefs and practices, the goal of this course being to develop a fairly good understanding of the theoretical perspectives that have shaped ethnomedical research, and vice-versa. These will range from meaning-centered approaches to political-economy models of health and illness, with attention to the role of embodiment studies, gender, globalization, and the domestication of otherness.

APY 594SEM: Adv Physical Anthropology

Reg. #23511
Wednesday, 2:00-4:40pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Nicholas Holowka

Topic: Biomechanics of Human Evolution

This is a seminar-based discussion course in which we will explore the biomechanics-related techniques that have been used to reconstruct the evolution of human bipedalism, as well as feeding adaptations. I will provide an overview of the relevant methodologies, including kinetics, kinematics, electromyography and respirometry, and we will discuss classic and recent research that has applied these methods to major questions in human and nonhuman primate evolution. In these discussions we will explore major debates concerning human locomotion and feeding, and how use of biomechanics techniques advances our knowledge of these topics.

APY 610SEM: Method and Theory in Archaeology

Reg. #18563
Wednesday 9:30am-12:10pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Timothy Chevral

This seminar introduces archaeology graduate students to the critical theoretical and methodological issues that are central to Anglo-Americanist archaeology. Using a numerous primary sources, we will study the historical development of the field, highlighting significant changes in the direction and nature of archaeological research from the formation of the culture history paradigm in the early 20th century, through the processual perspective of the past 35 years, to the post processual approach that has emerged since the 1980s.

We will examine how theory and method together explain cultural transformations such as the origins of agriculture, the development of social complexity, the rise and fall of states, and other important issues in archaeology, and how explanations are derived through specific approaches including neo-evolutionism, materialism, historicism, functionalism, cultural ecology, behavioral archaeology, practice theory, agency theory, queer theory, gender theory, interaction theory, hermaneutics, interpretive archaeology, cognitive approaches, Neo-Darwinianism, and archaeology as social action.

APY 611LEC: Celt Anglo-Saxon Viking

Reg. #23561
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50pm
354 Fillmore Academic Center
Dr. Timothy Chevral

Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings are legendary images, but who were these peoples and what do we really know about them?   This course explores over two millennia of dynamic times in Europe. Celtic peoples can be traced to the late Bronze Age and have left us spectacular archaeological remains: gold, silver and bronze works of art, fantastically rich burials and monuments, trade with the Greeks, then Romans.   Anglo-Saxon cultures that existed from around AD 400 to 1000 were once thought of as constituting a "dark age," but this period is now known to have been a dynamic time, seeing the rise and fall of states, economic expansion, innovative trade and manufacturing traditions, and  religious transformation, when Christianity spread and mingled with pre-Christian beliefs.  At the same time, pre-Viking and Viking cultures were developing in Scandinavia, bursting upon the world at around AD 800.  Often imagined as bloodthirsty raiders, Vikings were also master craftspeople, traders, explorers, and built their own state-level societies at home as they colonized abroad.

APY 618SEM: Cultural Heritage

Reg. #23559
Monday 12:30-3:10pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Jaume Franquesa

Cultural heritage is everywhere. Since the 1970s we have witnessed what Francoise Choay aptly termed “heritage inflation”: not only there is a proliferation of initiatives oriented to promote cultural heritage, but also a widening of the temporal, geographical and thematic scope of those objects labeled as heritage. In addition, the notion of cultural heritage has “gone native”, and anthropologists often find that their informants present their culture and claims in terms of cultural heritage. In parallel, we observe worldwide an increasingly intricate constellation of experts and institutions devoted to the promotion, preservation, and creation of cultural heritage, ranging from local associations to international organizations such as UNESCO. While concerns around cultural heritage have historically been associated with nationalism and nation-building, recent processes show that cultural heritage is becoming increasingly central to the world of tourism.

The main objective of the course is to provide students with the methodological and analytical skills necessary to problematize conventional understandings of cultural heritage, thus encouraging an approach to heritage as a multi-vocal, complex process. Classes will focus on the critical reading, analysis and discussion of two main sets of readings: theoretical contributions from a broad range of disciplines, and ethnographic case analyses. On a theoretical level, the seminar will deal with the history and intricacies of the notion of cultural heritage, as well as germane notions such as memory, tradition or inalienability. On the other hand, ethnographic case studies, focusing mostly on issues of tourism and nationalism, will give students the opportunity to explore the plurality of agents involved in the production of heritage as well as the diverse, often conflicting claims articulated around them. The seminar welcomes students from all fields in the humanities and social sciences.

APY 654SEM: Graduate Survey of Social Anthropology

Reg. #18564
Monday, 4:00-6:40pm
261 Fillmore Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Deborah Reed-Danahay

This seminar will introduce you to current theoretical issues within social and cultural anthropology.  After gaining some historical perspectives on our discipline during the past 25-30 years, we will take stock of socio-cultural anthropology in the early 21st century. We will read theoretical and ethnographic work drawing from a variety of subfields and geographic regions.