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Spring 2017 Course Offerings

APY 501SEM: Teaching and Research Resources

Reg. #23522
Arranged
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 514SEM: Museum Management

Reg. #23485
Monday 9:30am—12:10pm
Anderson Gallery
Dr. Peter Biehl

Museum and collection management and research are motivated by two things: a love of objects, and a fascination with the ways in which they speak about the past and the present. The care of artifacts cannot stop at identification, physical conservation, and exhibition. Research about museum and collection objects must be seen as part of a larger task: an exploration of the social and cultural significance of objects in relation to each other and to the people who made, used, and kept them as well as those who collected them. Conservation must include preservation of the information accompanying an object, information beyond provenance, or object type. Finally, curatorial research entails a critical awareness of our own culturally-bound responses to artifacts. This course prepares students for research in the museum environment, and for the challenge of developing meaning and value for those collections, in the context of the Cravens Collection, housed since March 2010 in the Anderson Gallery of the UB College of Arts and Sciences, where the course will be held. Each class integrates presentations, group work and discussion, case studies, and independent research. In addition, the instructor will facilitate visits from guest lecturers. At the end of the course, the students will curate together their own public exhibition of objects from the Cravens Collection, and will write up short narratives about the objects they have studied during the course. The narratives will then be included in an exhibition catalogue.

APY 515SEM: Advanced Socio-Legal Studies

Reg. #24931
Friday 12:15-3:15pm
O'Brian Arranged
Dr. Anna Bernstein

Note: Permission of instructor requested prior to enrollment. Course cross-listed with LAW 762.

This course is a colloquium for advanced graduate and law students who wish to learn about and carry out cutting edge research on law, legal institutions, and social policy. It will build upon ongoing distinguished speaker and workshop series sponsored by the Baldy Center, Law School, and affiliated UB departments. Substantive topics will vary with speakers and student interests, but are likely to range across administrative regulation, criminal law, environmental governance, human rights, international trade, legal profession, race, and a variety of other subjects. Students will read the papers, attend and participate in the presentations, and meet with the speakers in a small group setting following the public presentations. They will be able to discuss both the speakers' and their own research in a multi-disciplinary environment and build important new relationships with visiting speakers, UB faculty members, and fellow students. Students enrolling in the seminar will have the option of writing one substantial research paper or three short critical analyses of papers presented by speakers.

APY 540LEC: History of Archaeology

Reg. #21056
Wednesday 2:00—4:40pm
IEMA Paley Library, Fillmore Academic Center 261
Dr. Sarunas Milisauskas

This course is a general survey of the history of archaeology from the Renaissance to the present.  We will focus on the major scholars in the history of archaeology.  The relationship of archaeology with political, social and religious issues will be discussed. 

APY 546SEM: Topics - Morphology

Reg.#21879
Thursday 3:00—5:40pm
Spaulding 158
Dr. Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel

APY 554SEM: Cultural Topics: Cultural Heritage

Reg.#22040
Monday 1:00—3:40pm
Fillmore Academic Center 354
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 556: Religion and Society

Reg.# 24648
Wednesday, 3:00—5:40pm
319 Fillmore Academic Center
Dr. Phil Stevens

The history and nature of the social scientific study of religion will be considered, and various theories and explanations offered.  Religion will be viewed as a cultural system which cannot be satisfactorily understood without reference to its relationships with other cultural systems; and "culture" is based in human neurobiology.  Specific topics include:  the nature of the “supernatural;” types of supernatural agencies; types of religious practitioners; theories of religion; myth; ritual; divination; sacrifice; totemism; taboo; magic and sorcery; witchcraft; shamanism; religious altered states of consciousness: spirit possession, ecstasy, and simple trance; supernaturally-caused illness and religious-based healing; religion in cultural change; new religions, cults, and “the occult” today; and others.  The course will be illustrated throughout with films, slides, videos, religious objects, etc. 

APY 572SEM: Topics in Archaeology - Landscape Arcaheology

Reg.#21311
Tuesday 6:00—8:40pm
Fillmore Academic Center 354
Dr. Arnau Garcia

The concept of Landscape Archaeology has been used during the last 50 years to define a diversity of research that explores the complexity of the history of human topographic, geographic and environmental components of past societies. The focus on interactions and contextualization of very different features, often places landscape studies at the borders of traditional academic fields as it applies a highly diachronic and interdisciplinary approaches. One of the main objectives of the course will be to give a detailed overview of the current role of archaeological research in the context of interdisciplinary studies of human-environment interactions from the perspective of both historical knowledge and cultural heritage management.

The course will explore a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to and perspectives of landscape archaeologies and demonstrate with case studies from Europe how they are applied in Anthropology, Classics, Geography, Geology and Biology and other related disciplines. It will discuss research of different environments, from coastal areas to upper mountains including historic landscape analysis and digital mapping, aerial photography and other remote-sensing techniques, archaeological survey and selective excavation as well as the integration of archaeological data in interdisciplinary multi-proxy analysis.

APY 573LEC: Primate Evolutionary Biology

Reg.#23386
Monday 4:00—6:40pm
Fillmore Academic Center 170
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.

APY 575SEM: Cultural Topics - Social Memory

Reg.#22018
Thursday 2:00—4:40pm
IEMA Paley Library, Fillmore Academic Center 261
Dr. Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

The interdisciplinary field of social memory emerged as anthropologists and historians challenged the popular distinction between an objective, textual history and a subjective, oral memory. In this course we will analyze some of the ways in which anthropologists have thought about memory and history and the problems that arise in studying these concepts. The course will address questions such as how power shapes the production of history, what role identity plays in the creation of alternative histories, how contested understandings of the past are formulated, and what role memory plays in trauma, postcolonialism, and nation building. We will also explore how memory is materialized in narratives, bodily performances, mementos, monuments, and sites of memory, and the social implications of purposeful forgetting.

APY 600TUT: MA/Thesis Guidance

Variable Credit
Permission of Instructor

Graduate students should register for their major professor’s section of this course when they are writing their MA Project/Thesis.

APY 601TUT: Individual Readings in Archaeology

Variable Credit
Permission of Instructor

If, after speaking to the Instructor and he/she agrees to work with you, the graduate student must fill out an Independent Study Form (form available outside the Anthropology Graduate Office), have the instructor and the Director of Graduate Studies sign it then give it to Maria to put in your file which becomes part of your Application to Candidacy. Then the student may register for the appropriate number of credit hours.

APY 602TUT: Individual Readings in Cultural Anthropology

Variable Credit
Permission of Instructor

If, after speaking to the Instructor and he/she agrees to work with you, the graduate student must fill out an Independent Study Form (form available outside the Anthropology Graduate Office), have the instructor and the Director of Graduate Studies sign it then give it to Maria to put in your file which becomes part of your Application to Candidacy. Then the student may register for the appropriate number of credit hours.

APY 607TUT: Individual Readings in Physical Anthropology

Variable Credit
Permission of Instructor

If, after speaking to the Instructor and he/she agrees to work with you, the graduate student must fill out an Independent Study Form (form available outside the Anthropology Graduate Office), have the instructor and the Director of Graduate Studies sign it then give it to Maria to put in your file which becomes part of your Application to Candidacy. Then the student may register for the appropriate number of credit hours.

APY 610SEM: Method and Theory in Archaeology

Reg.#21061
Wednesday 9:30am—12:10pm
IEMA Paley Library, Fillmore Academic Center 261
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 654LEC: Graduate Survey - Social and Cultural Anthropology II

Reg.#21062
Tuesday 9:30am--12:10pm
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.

APY 700TUT: Dissertation Guidance

Variable Credit
Permission of Instructor

Graduate students should register for at least 1 credit hour of their major professor’s section of this every semester until the dissertation is complete when writing their PhD dissertation.

Avoid Late Fees

Contiuing students must enroll for Spring 2017 courses before Dec. 18, 2016 to avoid a $40.00 late enrollment fee.