ANTH 290 - Special Topics in Anthropology
Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.
A discussion of a series of topics of anthropological concern. May be repeated for degree credit with permission and if the topics are different.
Topic for Spring 2012:
ANTH 290: Desire (4). Why do we desire what we desire? In this seminar, we explore the basis, meanings, and consequences of human desire. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we bring anthropological and sociological analyses into conversation with approaches from biology, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. This seminar is discussion and project based. Students present readings in class and research the genealogy of a particular desire of their choice, which results in a final paper and presentation. Goluboff.
Topic for Fall 2011:
ANTH 290: Caribbean Archeology (3). Situated between South and North America and along the trade routes between New and Old Worlds, the Caribbean has always been a crossroads where diverse peoples have come into contact and forged new societies. The results of these engagements have had profound effects for the peoples of the Caribbean today and for much of the colonized world. This class deals with how archaeological work articulates with issues such as the process of colonization, the rise and transformation of capitalism as expressed in the sugar industry, the concept of the Atlantic World, and of course on the role slavery and these other processes had in the creation of new Caribbean identities. We also draw heavily on associated anthropological and historical interpretations to illuminate these processes as they took place within heterogeneous, island societies. Devlin.
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