Spring 2019 Courses

ANT 737-001: Gender Anthropology

Tuesdays 5:00-7:30 Lafferty Hall Rm. 104
Monica Udvardy

Course Description

Using both feminist anthropological and interdisciplinary feminist theoretical
approaches, the seminar introduces students to the international and cross-cultural
variability in gender roles and to the emergence of anthropological approaches to the
study of gender. After a brief chronological overview of feminist anthropology since the
1970s, the seminar focuses on recent approaches to a variety of topics, drawing on
feminist approaches from both social science and humanities perspectives. The primary
objective of this seminar is to provide participants with an overview of some of the
salient "schools" that have emerged, and through comparison, critically to assess their
limitations and utility for both theoretical and applied objectives in cross-cultural
research on gender. This course serves graduate students with interests in
international, transnational, cross-cultural, or multicultural perspectives on women and
gender. This course counts toward requirements for the GWS graduate certificate and
other degrees as appropriate.
 

ANT 580: Activism and Advocacy

Tuesdays 2-4:30 p.m., Lafferty Hall Rm. 104
Mary Anglin

Course Description:

This class examines the remarkably courageous and creative ways that social groups
and societies across the world advance their visions of fairness, equity, and justice for
all. We will look at the contributions of scholars in the social sciences and humanities,
film makers and fiction writers, people working in and outside the academic realm to
document (and promote) the stories of cultures and social groups working for social
justice and human rights. Our subject matter ranges from popular protests and
grassroots actions all the way to the formal policies of nongovernmental organizations
(NGOs). These include campaigns against climate change; initiatives responding to
homelessness and/or hunger; public health campaigns; the rights of refugees including
recently separated families and DACA recipients; #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo;
LGBTQIA rights; and NGOs Greenpeace, Amnesty International, or Doctors without
Borders. In short, what do activism and advocacy look like in 2019?
Students in this class will read studies of advocacy/activism and talk about doing
"engaged" (or socially focused) research. We will visit campus programs on social
justice, invite guest speakers to talk about their involvement in advocacy efforts.
Members of the class will develop group projects on specific issues/social justice
activities of interest and use anthropological methods to document them. This course
welcomes all students interested in the topics of advocacy and social justice. There are
no course prerequisites.
 
LAS 601: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies
 
Tuesdays 5:30-8pm, POT Rm. 1745
Dr. Francie Chassen-López

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary topical seminar begins with an
overview of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino
history and then engages with a series of
fundamental issues, methods, and current trends.
The seminar will include guest appearances by
LACLS affiliated faculty with various fields of
expertise as part of our discussions of the state of
research in different disciplines. For Spring 2019,
featured topics include social inequalities, gender,
social movements, democracy, culture, and
immigration to the U.S. This semester the course will
benefit greatly from the Social Theory topic of
populism and its visiting speakers.
 
GEO 715-001 Geography and Social Theory: Heidegger and Place
 
Thursdays 2-4:30 pm
Ted Schatzki

Course Description:

This seminar will consider Heidegger’s ideas about place (and space) and both their
position and legacy in social theory. Part one will examine Heidegger’s analysis of the
spatiality of existence in Being and Time and his ideas about place, site, and the open
(the clearing) from 1930s and 50s. Heidegger’s treatment of objective or material space
as a secondary phenomenon will also be of interest. Following this, part two will explore
what the notion of place is getting at by juxtaposing Heidegger’s conceptions with ones
developed by Tim Cresswell (Place), Yi-Fu Tuan (Space and Place), and Doreen
Massey (Space, Place, and Gender). The final part of the seminar will consider whether
Heideggerian and other conceptions of place remain pertinent to understanding the
contemporary world. Examples of works that could be consulted (participants will have
some say in what we read) are Henri Lefebvre (The Production of Space), Leighton
Evans (Locative Media: Place in the Digital Age), Thomas Gieryn (Truth-Spots: How
Places Make Us Believe), 2012 Special Issue of Women’s Historical Review on Space,
Place, and Gendered Identity, Andrew Mitchell (Heidegger Among the Sculptors),
Edward Casey (Getting Back into Place), and bell hooks (Belonging. A Culture of
Place).
 
GEO 722: Social Geography: Queer Spaces, Queer Geographies 
 
Tuesdays 2-4:30, CB Rm. 305
Jen Jack Gieseking

Course Description

This course examines emerging dialogues between geographies of queer theory and
studies of queer geographies. While historical and social science research is often
labelled as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (lgbtq) studies, queer theory
has largely been a project of the humanities, with the exception of anthropology and,
much more recently, geography. This course sits at the intersection of these projects to
put them in conversation. In other words, how do queer theorists make use
of geographic thought and theory to construct and deploy queer theory? At the same
time, how and why do geographers of sexuality employ or fail to employ queer theory,
and with what results? And how can both of these approaches help to inform one
another for a more informed understanding of everyday lgbtq lives and spaces on behalf
of social justice? Covering both classic and cutting-edge research in both fields, we will
pay special attention to the thread of political economy as well as the relationship
between digital and material environments in shaping lgbtq spaces, research, and
theories.

ST 610, disClosure Editorial Collective

Meeting times and location: TBD.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Samers

 

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