Anthropology of Time|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
In this course, we will examine time as a cultural phenomenon. At once absolute and highly malleable, one of the objective dimensions of our existence and experienced with such subjective variation, time is a central concern for many different cultural worlds, even as those different worlds render time entirely differently from each other. Time is also a particular pre-occupation of anthropology, both as a concept and a significant methodological and ethical concern (as it is embedded in ideas like progress, evolution, development, the "backward"). Accordingly, this course will track between ethnographic explorations of different cultural accounts of time - what time is, what it does, and what it should be - and methodological and theoretical conceptualizations of temporality, futurity, and the dangers of "freezing" cultural systems and actors in static time-frames.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings TBD, but can possibly include: Shannon Dawdy, PATINA: A PROFANE ARCHAEOLOGY; Johannes Fabian, TIME AND THE OTHER; Michel-Rolph Trouillot, SILENCING THE PAST; H.G. Wells, THE TIME MACHINE; and selections from Alfred Gell, Walter Benjamin, Julie Cruikshanks, Paul Nadasdy, E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Nancy Munn, Jodi Byrd, and E.P. Thompson.
|Examination and Assignments: |
3 short papers, take-home midterm, final paper
|Instructor(s): Weiss,Joseph Times: ...W.F. 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: PAC107; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 7||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 6||FR: X|