Alter(ed)native Approaches to Decolonizing Anthropology|
Spring 2020 not offered
The primary aim of this seminar is to study various theoretical and methodological entry points into decolonizing anthropology (Harrison and Harrison). Considering academe's investment and attachment to hierarchies of knowledge, is it possible to decolonize the discipline given its complicit history in processes of racialization? What would a decolonized anthropology look like, and what does interdisciplinarity have to do with it? Lastly, how can it be put into practice? To this end, we will take alter(ed)native approaches to engaging the "Race: Are We So Different" project to raise fundamental epistemological and pedagogical questions concerning Otherness and/in anthropology as well as in/and research as praxis. With this contemplative foundation, students are expected to create a decolonized anthropology project that's so fire! This is a project-based course.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ENVS-MN)(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.
|Examinations 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.
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