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Anthropos and the Archive
CHUM 338
Spring 2010 not offered
Crosslisting: HIST 299, COL 338, FGSS 338, ANTH 310, AMST 338

To explore this year's Center for the Humanities theme, "Figuring the Human," this course will address various theories of the archive and the way the idea of the "human" comes to figure within them. We will explore how subjectivity emerges in relation to the knowledge body that is the archive--both as the subject doing the archiving and as the subject that comes to be archived. By examining such critical works as Walter Bejamin's THE ARCADES PROJECT and the "Theses on the Philosophy of History," Michel Foucault's ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE and THE ORDER OF THINGS, and Jacques Derrida's ARCHIVE FEVER, among others, we will begin to uncover the various methodologies of knowledge production and the way that these form the way we think of and define ourselves. In addition to short response papers, the course will be structured around a longer, more sustained research project of the students' own choosing. While exploring the theory of archives, students will be asked to perform their own archival research in the Wesleyan University archives and special collections. They will be encouraged to incorporate all aspects of their enounter with the archive into their final projects (archival prohibitions, the rules of archival handling, logics of organizaton, etc.). We will also concentrate on each student's developing his or her own voice in relation to the critical voice that is encouraged within traditional archival research.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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