Alter(ed)native Approaches: Middletown Lives|
Spring 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
|Course Cluster: Service-Learning, Urban Studies|
In this town, there's a restaurateur who was a paratrooper, a minister who is a barber, a barista who's a glass blower, an unmarked house that was part of the Underground Railroad, the old factory where the modern baseball plate was invented, and a landfill with stories to tell. Working with different community partners and integrating a wide range of methods from the humanities to the social sciences, this course seeks to identify, interpret, and document various (un)known stories and histories of people, places, and spaces in contemporary Middletown. Our primary theoretical aim is to consider what is interdisciplinary. How can it be put into practice? And what is its potential for the making of public engagement and scholarship? To this end, we take a contemplative approach to learning to raise fundamental epistemological and pedagogical questions concerning research as praxis. In the process of this engagement, we will create a public anthropology project intended to benefit our broader community and environment. This is a service/learning course.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CES)(ENVS)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Bochner, Arthur and Carolyln Ellis, ETHNOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING (Altamira) 2002.
Briggs, Charles. LEARNING TO ASK. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1986.
Cerwonka, Allaine and Lisa H. Malkki, IMPROVISING THEORY: PROCESS AND TEMPORALITY IN ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK (Chicago) 2007.
Trouillot, Michel-Rolph, SILENCING THE PAST: POWER AND THE PRODUCTION OF HISTORY (Beacon) 1996.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly responses, independent research, 3 short papers, and a final research project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students must have taken introductory courses in anthropology, African-American studies, or have been exposed to social analysis.
Students will work on a single project over the course of the semester that will require substantive revisions.