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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Social Sciences: Anthropology, 2012-13

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsMinor RequirementsRequirements for HonorsCourses

Description

At Haverford we teach social and cultural anthropology. Social and cultural anthropologists study the family, gender and social organization; modes of subsistence and exchange practices; politics and power; ritual and religion; and all forms of expressive behavior. Once anthropologists primarily studied small-scale indigenous communities (so-called “primitive societies”) and rural populations, but now we also study state societies, urban groups and globalization. Our method of research is called ethnography. The ethnographic method requires us to live in the communities that we study for extended periods of time. Through immersion in the lifeways of a particular people and place—observation of local practices, interviews and informal conversations, participation in local events—social and cultural anthropologists build a framework for analysis that integrates an insider’s and an outsider’s perspective. Two core principles inform our ethnography. First, we are holistic. We examine the context in which a particular incident or practice is occurring, as a way of developing a fuller understanding of that specific practice, and of that place, those people and how things work there. Second, we are comparative. Anthropologists want to know what is unique and distinctive about the subject we are studying and what generally tends to be true about that sort of thing. Therefore we compare social and cultural phenomena in one place to those in others and examine the particular features of a specific people and place, in light of general theories about humans and human societies.

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Faculty

Edmund and Margiana Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology Laurie Kain Hart, chair
Assistant Professor Nikhil Anand (on leave 2012-2013)
Professor Maris Boyd Gillette

Associate Professor Zolani Ngwane (on leave Fall 2012)
Assistant Professor Jesse Weaver Shipley (on leave 2012-2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor James L. Watson (spring 2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor Rubie S. Watson (spring 2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor Tapoja Chaudhury
Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Zainab Saleh
John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences, emeritus Wyatt MacGaffey

Affiliated Faculty at Bryn Mawr College:
Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities Gary McDonogh
Visiting Assistant Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities Jun Zhang
Faculty of the Department of Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College

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Major Requirements

Students are required to take a total of 11 courses in the major, including six required courses within the department. Individual programs require the advisor’s approval.

  1. ANTH 103a, Introduction to Anthropology, preferably in the first or second year
  2. ANTH 303a or b, History and Theory of Anthropology, before the senior year
  3. One course focused on an ethnographic area, such as ANTH 241, Mediterranean; ANTH 245, Africa; ANTH 244, China; or a similar course at Haverford or on another campus
  4. One other 200 level course in this department.
  5. One 300 level course in this department, before the senior year.
  6. A two-credit, intensive Senior Thesis Seminar, during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year (Anthropology 450/451).

All major programs require the approval of the major advisor. Students may count no more than one biological anthropology or archaeology course for the Haverford major. They may take the remaining courses in the Haverford department, in an anthropology department on another campus or in approved related fields. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the use of e-mail, Blackboard, Tripod and the storage server.

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Minor Requirements

The minor in anthropology consists of six courses, including: ANTH 103a, Introduction to Anthropology; ANTH 303, History and Theory of Anthropology; an ethnographic area course; and three other courses at the 200 or 300 level, including one course at the 300 level. A minimum of three courses must be taken in the Haverford department. All minor programs require approval of the minor advisor. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the use of e-mail, Blackboard, Tripod and the storage server.

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Requirements for Honors

Honors are decided at the discretion of the faculty in the department of Anthropology. They are based upon overall excellence in the major. “Excellence” is defined by three criteria: outstanding work in the senior thesis (final written work and oral presentation), strong cumulative performance in all anthropological coursework (typically a grade point average of 3.7 or higher) and a record of consistent intellectual commitment and participation in the department. High Honors will be awarded, upon occasion, for exceptional contributions in all areas.

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Courses

103 Introduction to Anthropology SO

L.Hart
This introduction to the basic ideas and methods of social anthropology examines major theoretical and ethnographic concerns of the discipline from its origins to the present, such as family and kinship, production and reproduction, history and evolution, symbolism and representation, with particular attention to such issues as race and racism, gender and sexuality, class, and ethnicity. Prerequisite: Not open to students who have completed BMC ANTH 102.

110 Anthropology of Food and Eating SO

J.Watson
This is an introduction to anthropological modes of inquiry and interpretation through an examination of food and eating. It is primarily concerned with symbolism, social stratification and the relationship between local and translocal orders, and includes such topics as meat, rituals of sacrifice, etiquette, eating disorders, famine, and transnationalism. Offered occasionally.

155 Themes in the Anthropology of Religion SO (Cross-listed in Religion and African and Africana Studies)

Z.Ngwane
What is it that rituals actually do? Are they enactments (affirmations) of collective ideals or are they arguments about these? Are they media for political action or are they expressions of teleological phenomena? The course is a comparative study of ritual and its place in religious practice and political argumentation. Concrete case studies include an initiation ritual in South Africa, the Communion Sacrament in Christianity, a Holocaust commemorative site in Auschwitz and the cult of spirit-possession in Niger. Enrollment is limited to 20. Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores. Offered occasionally.

202 Among Men: Construction of Masculinities SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Z.Ngwane
AA comparative exploration of the sociocultural politics of gender, with particular reference to masculinity, the course combines an intellectual historical approach, i.e., how the related notions of maleness, manhood and masculinity have featured in the history of social thought, and a thematic focus on issues such as the men’s movements, popular culture, the queer movement, etc. While the course is grounded in an anthropological notion of the social basis of power, culture and identity formation, the readings are nonetheless interdisciplinary—including historical narratives, literature and film ethnographies (from Africa and the United States) and critical work from fields such as queer, feminist and postcolonial studies. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 Offered occasionally.

204 Anthropology of Gender SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Staff
This course examines the cultural construction of gender and sexuality, kinship, inheritance and marriage; the performative dimensions of sexual identity; the cultural politics of motherhood; myths of matriarchy; and ideologies of masculinity and femininity. Not open to students who have completed ANTH 216b or Bryn Mawr ANTH 106. Offered occasionally.

205 Social Anthropology: Artisans in Global Context SO

Staff
This course examines artisanal and artistic production, and how such productive systems intertwine with other aspects of social organization, such as kinship and gender, and are affected by large-scale forces, such as marketization and globalization. Students conduct independent research on a small-scale producer in the Philadelphia area. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or 103. Offered occasionally.

206 Anthropology of Art SO

L.Hart
This course looks at the social and cultural foundations of a category of things referred to as “art.” We examine the properties of these things and of the people who make, trade, exhibit and look at art, and ask why they (we) do that. This involves: (a) understanding, and making theory about, the general development of the concept and uses of “art” in European civilization, as well how and why objects from “exotic” (that is, colonized) societies (in particular Africa, Native America and Australia) have been identified and collected as a particular kind of art (“primitive art”), and (b) exploring the “power of images” in diverse societies and social contexts. These questions allow us to challenge our received conceptions of what art is and does and to broaden our understanding of human creativity beyond conventional notions of art, taste, value and power. Prerequisite: One course in ANTH or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.

207 Visual Anthropology SO

M.Gillette
This course looks at anthropology’s relationship to the visual, focusing particularly on ethnographic film. How have anthropologists used visual media and ethnographic film to represent culture and produce knowledge? Students study visual anthropology as a field and also practice as visual anthropologists by making two short ethnographic films in groups. Prerequisite: Anth 103 at Haverford or 102 at Bryn Mawr. Typically offered in alternate years.

208 Museum Anthropology SO

R.Watson
This course is a comparative and historical introduction to museums and objects and how we might study and think about them as anthropologists. It places special emphasis on cultural history museums and the complex interplay of memory, memorialization, cultural heritage, history and museum exhibits. How do museum publics and museum professionals explore the past through objects, and how do changing ethical standards of collecting, management, and display of artifacts inform those explorations? The professor’s background as museum curator and director inspires these efforts to understand museums as cultural institutions, and professional museum practices form an important part of course discussions. The course will address in some detail the ways in which museums deal with issues of repatriation of cultural property. Students will debate in class controversial exhibits and repatriations (or their lack), with a view to better comprehend how and why museum professionals make specific decisions within complex cultural institutions. Students conduct research on the collection, management and exhibition of individual museum objects. Offered occasionally.

209 Anthropology of Education: State of the Debate SO

Z.Ngwane
This course explores education and schooling as discussed in anthropological literature. We compare the concepts of “socialization” in British Social Anthropology with “cultural transmission” in American Cultural Anthropology, to look for differences in how, over time, the two have framed the role of education in social reproduction and transformation. In addition to basic works by thinkers such as Durkheim, Malinowski, Mead, Benedict and Boas, we read a selection of ethnographies of schooling from the United States, Africa and Japan. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and one course in Education. Offered occasionally.

216 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)

M.Gillette
This course explores issues of power and its operation through examining women and women’s experience. Course readings combine theoretical materials on power and women’s empowerment with ethnographic studies that allow us to investigate theoretical questions in specific contexts. We consider the nature of power, the sources of social inequality and the potential for powerful action on individual and collective levels. Offered occasionally.

220 Storytelling and the Ethnographic Imagination SO

M.Gillette
From anthropology’s inception as a discipline, anthropologists have experimented with the relationship between ethnographic writing and storytelling. Even early anthropologists who were deeply committed to the idea of anthropology as a science (such as the founder of ethnography Bronislaw Malinowski) nevertheless tried to entertain, excite, and emotionally engage readers by using storytelling techniques for ethnographic monographs, such as “Imagine yourself suddenly set down, surrounded by all your gear, alone on a tropical beach close to a native village, while the launch or dinghy which has brought you sails away out of sight.” This course explores ways to combine ethnography with techniques from dramatic writing. Students read classic and contemporary works by anthropologists who enrich ethnographic writing with techniques from dramatic writing, conduct individual ethnographic research projects, and experiment with story-telling techniques to present their findings. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 or permission of the instructor. Offered occasionally.

225 Anthropology of Postcolonialism SO

M.Gillette
This course examines the cultural and social transformation in the former USSR, Central/Eastern Europe, China and Cuba through readings in recent ethnography. How do socialist-era institutions and ideologies continue to influence people’s contemporary efforts to create a new kind of society and market? In what sense can we speak of shared national histories and cultures as determinative of these processes - or is it culture itself that is changing? Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or 103. Offered occasionally.

235 Social Practice of Media SO

J.Shipley
This course examines cross-culturally how the mass media (print and electronic, old and new) have become critical to the constitution of subjectivities, collectivities and histories in the contemporary world and are the primary means for the circulation of symbolic forms across space and time. We focus on how the production, reception, and circulation of media forms and technologies are integrated into social practice at the local, national and transnational levels. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 or consent. Offered occasionally.

236 Language and Electronic Media SO

J.Shipley
20th—century politics and culture were intimately linked to the rapid development of radio, television and film. These electronic media have creatively engaged with local cultural practices around the world in reshaping the nature of artistic expression; national, gendered and racial difference; and political power. This course uses anthropological notions of language to examine cultures of electronic media around the globe. We create a theoretical frame that allows to look at radio, video/film, television, the Internet and mobile phone technologies as forms of social mediation. We consider mass media in relation to the formation of new types of embodiment, value, production and consumption. In particular, we trace how actor-centered performance approaches to language, reference, and authority give insight into the making of contemporary, electronically mediated ways of understanding the world. This class draws together the fields of philosophy of language, linguistic anthropology, media studies and various approaches to performance studies. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 or consent of the professor. Offered occasionally.

241 Anthropology of the Mediterranean SO (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

L.Hart
This course focuses on pluralism and cultural interaction in circum-Mediterranean societies. It includes such topics as: orientalism and the problematics and politics of ethnographic production in and on peripheral societies; the use and abuse of concepts of cultural continuity; ethno-religious interaction in rural and urban settings; imperial legacies and nation-state ideologies in 21st—century cultural politics; local and transnational economic systems and migration patterns, conflicts and contemporary social transformations. Typically offered in alternate years.

244 Anthropology of China SO (Cross-listed in East Asian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

R.Watson
This course examines changes to family structure and social organization in China over the past 150 years. The course centers around two key questions: First, how do family, kinship, gender and other notions of relatedness and personhood affect economic life? Second, how has the state (Imperial, Republican, Socialist) shaped social and economic practices? Students read a selection of ethnographic and historical materials, view films and visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of Chinese objects. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or East Asian Studies. Typically offered in alternate years.

247 Anthropology and Literature: Ethnography of Black South African Writing 1888-2008 SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)

Z.Ngwane
Through analysis of the development of writing in colonial and apartheid South Africa this course examines the “crisis of representation” of the past two decades in literature and anthropology. We consider debates about the textual status of ethnographic monographs and the more general problems of writing and social power. Specifically, we look at how such writing contributed to the construction and transformation of black subjectivity. Course material includes 19th- and 20th—century texts by black South Africans including life narratives, particularly collaborated autobiographies by women in the 1980s. Prerequisite: ANTH 103. Typically offered in alternate years.

249 Colonialism, Law, Human Rights in Africa SO (Cross-listed in Peace, Justice, & Human Rights and African and Africana Studies)

J.Shipley
This course examines the colonial legacies of contemporary discourses of human rights and development as they are relevant in contemporary global politics. By taking an historical approach to the idea of rights, we make connections between sovereignty, the rule of law and the rights of citizenship. We use a critical eye to explore the conditions of possibility that allow states, development organizations, donor agencies and individuals to unwittingly reproduce centuries-old tropes of poverty, degradation, and helplessness of non-Western peoples. Using historical descriptions of the encounters between Europeans and Africans in West Africa and South Africa, we unpack assumptions about African societies. We also explore liberalism, its connections to British colonialism and its contemporary incarnations. Prerequisite: One course relating to Africa, African politics or African literature.

252 State and Development in South Asia SO (Cross-listed in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights)

T.Chaudhury
This class investigates how development projects in South Asia make particular kinds of states and citizens. What kinds of authority are created as states go about their business, particularly the plans and programs of development? How is development gendered, and what are the consequences for citizens and national identities? How have development projects played out across national boundaries in South Asia, and with what consequences? Prerequisite: ANTH 103.

254 Diseased Bodies: AIDS, Culture and the Anthropology of the Body SO

Z.Ngwane
This course is a study of discourses of cultural and medical management and stigmatization of the diseased human body. We look at how cultural perceptions of disease generate binaries of taboo/restoration, sin/redemption, dying/living and decay/healing. We look at how responses to HIV/AIDS embody this ambivalence of the diseased body in ideologies of social subjectivity. The course is informed by an approach to this problem that views the human body as society’s investment in its cultural and material reproduction, while also serving as an ideological frontier separating socialized subjectivity from potentially antisocial libidinal forces of the biological self. Within this framework we pursue the question: in what specific ways does disease, HIV in particular, represent a breach of the boundary between the body as social order and the carnal forces of its disruption? With HIV as an organizing problem, the course is structured around themes including religious notions of the body, sin and redemption; Western philosophical opposition of the body to the faculty of reason; interventionist technologies of modern medicine and the secularization of illness; and African notions of the ssocial body and disharmonies of disease. We conclude the course with reflections on how the professor’s work on HIV prevention in South Africa has addressed these cultural issues in local communities. Prerequisite: At least one 100–level course in the Social Sciences and consent of the course professor. Offered occasionally.

256 Political Anthropology SO

Staff
This course considers politics as what groups of people do to affect their social conditions, and examines how their ability to affect those conditions is organized and controlled. Through the reading of ethnography and anthropological theory, we raise questions about: how “leaderless” societies organize social action; the interrelations of gender, bodies and politics; and about the ways in which people of different societies exercise and contest power. We will discuss how modern states arose and what impact they have had on the peoples they incorporate and on options for political action in contemporary complex global political systems. Prerequisite: ANTH 103. Offered occasionally.

257 Ethnic Conflict SO

L.Hart
Anthropological approaches to the study of violence, emphasizing ethnographic case studies of violence and the aftermath of violence, informed by classic and recent anthropological theory on kinship, class, ethnicity, "race," nationalism, colonialism and the post-colonial state. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

258 Politics of Culture and Identity SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies-Bi Co Conc)

Staff
This course examines how “culture” and “identity” have become increasingly important frameworks through which people articulate claims to resources, rights, and power. Drawing on a diverse set of case studies, we will ask how we can approach politics of culture and identity ethnographically, and what role anthropology might have to play in such struggles. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or 103. Offered occasionally.

259 Ethnography of Islam SO

M.Gillette
This course examines comparative ethnographies of Muslim societies, Islam as a field of anthropological inquiry and theorizing, ethnographic representation and the construction of ethnographic authority and Islam in the western imagination. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or consent of the instructor. Typically offered in alternate years.

261 Memory, History, Anthropology SO

M.Gillette
This course focuses on the social aspects of memory, collective representations and memorial genres, institutional memory and the effects of institutions on individual memory, memory in oral and literate societies and memory as a political act and a tool of political legitimacy. Other topics include: mourning and trauma, role of narrative in memory and the relationship between non-narrative forms and memory, and how memory relates to the present and to the past. The course examines a number of influential theoretical texts on memory and looks at selected case studies. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.

263 Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society SO

L.Hart
This course explores space, place and architecture in anthropological theory and the contributions of anthropology to our understanding of the built and imagined environment in diverse cultures. Topics include: the body and its orientation in space; the house, kinship and cosmology; architecture as a communicative/semiotic system; space and sociopolitical segregation and integration; and space and commodity culture. May be taken for Bryn Mawr Cities credit. Prerequisite: One course in anthropology or growth and structure of cities. Offered occasionally.

270 Psychoanalysis and Anthropology SO

L.Hart
This course traces areas of convergence of anthropology and psychoanalysis from the beginnings of the discipline of anthropology to the present through selected topics, including: kinship, society and the self: sexual difference; the interpretation of dreams; anthropological hermeneutics, ethnographic fieldwork and clinical practice (listening, transference and countertransference); magic and fetishism; and individual and collective violence. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or 103. Offered occasionally.

281 Nature/ Culture: An Introduction to Environmental Anthropology SO (Cross-listed in and Environmental Studies and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights)

T.Chaudhury
This course is an introduction to the ideas and methods central to environmental anthropology. Topics covered include political ecology, crises and uncertainty, indigeneity and community management. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 or ENVS 101, Case Studies.

303 History and Theory of Anthropology SO

Staff
This course surveys the development of anthropological thought. theories of society and the human subject, social organization and social structure, and the culture concept; structuralism, Marxist anthropology, the crisis of representation in the 1980s and 1990s, postmodernism, the relationship between ethnography and history, and practice theory. Prerequisite: One course in ANTH, excluding BMC ANTH 303.

310 Modes of Thought SO

L.Hart
This course explores anthropology as a discipline concerned with the translation of cultures. This includes propositions concerning “modes of thought” or “belief” in traditional and modern societies, debates about rationality and models of social and cultural evolution. Prerequisite: One other course in Anthropology, Sociology or Philosophy. Offered occasionally.

315 Human Rights, Gender and Knowledge: The Truth And Reconciliation Commission in South Africa SO

Z.Ngwane
This course offers reflections on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) from the perspective of rural women’s testimonies. Reports and scholarly reflections on the TRC often reflect the perspectives of elite groups. Based on first-hand research funded by the College’s CPGC, the course has students read testimonies based on submissions collected from women in poor rural communities who lost members of their families during the struggle against Apartheid. We try to understand the role of gender in testimonies to the TRC and how knowledge was distributed unequally between men and women. We situate women's testimonies within the larger context of human rights discourses. We read critical theories of human rights and Truth Commissions. We also discuss taped interviews the professor carried out in 2008-09 with the same women, family members and other members of the community. These testimonies and recorded interviews form primary readings for the course. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and at least one 200 level class in Anthropology. Offered occasionally.

322 Ethnographic Methods SO

T.Chaudhury
This course explores qualitative research methods, with a focus on participant-observation. It addresses theoretical debates, ethical questions and practical issues concerning the craft of ethnographic field-work. Students conduct several small-scale field exercises and design and implement a larger ethnographic project. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or 103. Preference to ANTH majors/minors and PEAC concentrators. Typically offered in alternate years.

327 Ritual and Performance SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)

J.Shipley
This course examines theories of performance and practice as a way to understand how specific events and actions relate to social structure, history, and memory. We explore how bodies become produced and contested in the performance of political and personal productive and sensuous activity. The course’s central theme explores the tension between theories of performance and theories of practice, which highlights key philosophical issues within anthropology and social thought more generally: power and its enactment, the relationship between personal experience and macro-sociological processes, the nature of consciousness, structure versus agency, and stasis versus change. Prerequisite: ANTH 303. Offered occasionally.

350 Social and Cultural Theory SO (Cross-listed in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights)

T.Chaudhury
How do political, social and economic factors affect biodiversity? What conflicts, alliances, and negotiations affect the use and abuse of ecosystems? To what extent do conservation efforts and national parks consider the rights or needs of indigenous populations, local residents, and tourists? This course addresses these questions through the comparative study of nature preserves, national parks and conservation efforts around the world. Prerequisite: ANTH 303. Offered occasionally.

351 Writing and Social Construction of Subjectivity SO (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)

Z.Ngwane
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of writing as a social institution, personal ritual, cultural artifact and technology. Beginning with some debates in the social sciences concerning the place of literacy in individual cognitive development and social progress, we proceed to explore core assumptions about speech and writing in Western thought, from Plato to recent French feminist theory. The goal of the course is to offer students a genealogical account of anthropological ways of thinking about the human being as a creative agent and a social subject. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and 303.

355 Anthropology and the New Faces of Modernity SO

Z.Ngwane
This course is an examination of recent trends in reflection on modernity in the human and social sciences. It addresses questions about social subjectivity, globalization and the endurance of modernity through a number of ethnographic snapshots from different parts of the world. Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and one 200-level course in Anthropology. Offered occasionally.

358 Anthropology of Capitalism SO

M.Gillette
This course explores capitalism from an anthropological perspective. We combine study of theoretical work on capitalist processes and the nature of capitalism with ethnographic studies of how capitalism operates in particular places at particular times. Our work includes examining and producing materials in multiple media, including written texts, film and oral presentations. Students conduct ethnographic studies of capitalisms over the course of the semester and work together in crews to make films about capitalisms. Each crew produces at least two short films. Prerequisite: ANTH 207 or 303. Offered occasionally.

361 Advanced Topics in Ethnographic Area Studies SO

Staff
This course is the department’s offering for advanced work in the study of an ethnographic area. In addition to ethnographic monographs, course materials include missionary records, memoirs, and realist fiction where appropriate. The course is intended to help students develop skills of social and cultural analysis and to deepen the students’ understanding of an ethnographic area. Prerequisite: One course in an appropriate ethnographic area or the instructor’s consent. Offered occasionally.

365 Advanced Readings in Visual Anthropology SO

Staff
This is an advanced course in visual anthropology that explores the history and development of anthropology's relationship to visual practices, both as a mode for representing culture and as a site of cultural practice. One of the central themes of the course is the relationship between representation, power, and knowledge as manifest in cross-cultural representation. Prerequisite: ANTH 207. Offered occasionally.

415 Research Seminar in the Material Culture of China: Producers and Collectors of Chinese Ceramics SO (Cross-listed in East Asian Studies)

M.Gillette
This course focuses on the production and collecting practices of Chinese porcelain. It provides a basic introduction to research on material culture, Chinese high-fired ceramics, and the practices of collectors and porcelain producers. Students gain a good basic understanding of the technical and social aspects of Chinese ceramic production, forms and decoration of Chinese ceramics, the porcelain center of Jingdezhen and the political and cultural aspects of Chinese porcelain consumption. In addition to engaging with course materials, each student designs and completes a major independent research project related to ceramics or an aspect of Chinese material culture. Prerequisite: One course in ANTH, EAST, or the instructor’s consent. Offered occasionally.

450 Senior Seminar: Research and Writing SO

M.Gillette
This course comprises the fall semester of the two-semester senior thesis seminar. Students do archival and ethnographic research, write a research prospectus, get training on ethics, and write a review of the anthropological literature on their area of inquiry. Prerequisite: Senior standing in ANTH at Haverford. Typically offered every fall.

451 Senior Seminar: Supervised Research and Writing SO

M. Gillette, L. Hart, J. Watson, R. Watson
This course comprises the spring semester of the two-semester senior thesis seminar. Students complete research on their thesis and write an ethnography. Most of the semester is individual meetings between thesis writers and advisors. The spring senior thesis seminar includes a public thesis presentation and an oral exam. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Anthropology at Haverford. Typically offered every spring.

460 Teaching Assistant SO

Staff
Students acting as a teaching assistant serve as discussion leader and course assistant in ANTH 103, ANTH 110 or other selected anthropology courses. This includes responsibility for selected tutorials and a final paper. Offered occasionally.

480 Independent Study SO

Staff
This course comprises independent studies on topics that a student and faculty member agree upon. It is available at the discretion of the faculty member. Offered occasionally.

Course Offered at Bryn Mawr College

  • ANTHROPOLOGY
    • 101-102 Introduction to Anthropology
    • 203 Human Ecology
    • 208 Human Biology
    • 209 Human Evolution
    • 220 Methods and Theory in Archaeology
    • 223 Anthropology of Dance
    • 234 Forensic Anthropology
    • 236 Evolution
    • 237 Environmental Health
    • 240 Traditional & Preindustrial Technology
    • 249 Asian American Communities
    • 281 Language in Social Context
    • 303 History of Anthropological Theory
    • 316 Anthropology of the Body
    • 322 Anthropology of the Body
    • 330 Archaeological Theory and Method
    • 331 Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology
    • 333 Anthropological Demography
    • 350 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies
  • GROWTH AND STRUCTURE OF CITIES
    • 185 Urban Culture and Society
    • 218 Topics in World Cities: Contemporary Chinese Urbanism
    • 229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism: Building China
    • 306 Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in Time
    • 335 Topics in City and Media: Popular Cultures in East Asia
    • 365 Techniques of the City: Space, Place and Power
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