Courses for Spring 2019

  • The Anthropology of Gender and Science

    This seminar examines topics including genetics, reproduction, and evolution, all through the lens of gender/sex systems. The themes of social justice, identity, and difference are central to the course. We will explore: How epidemiology and engendered social justice are often in conflict in the fight against AIDS in Africa; to learn about difference, anthropomorphism, gender, and primatologists’ comparisons between humans, bonobos, and chimpanzees; efforts to scare men in the United States about "Low Testosterone," and how they reflect shifting identities as much as reduced hormone levels; and the relationship between gender, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western Biomedicine in China.
    ANTH 0077N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
  • Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance

    This course offers students an opportunity to examine and analyze a range of contemporary global social problems from an anthropological perspective. We will explore human-environment entanglements with particular attention to intersecting issues of capitalism, international development, and state and non-state governance. Course materials will look at various kinds of work in, on, and with the environment, asking questions about the possibilities of over-working our landscapes, while addressing the potentials for social and environment justice and sustainability.
    ANTH 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Besky
  • Anthropology of Food

    An exploration of the human experience of food and nutrition from evolutionary, archaeological, and cross-cultural perspectives. The course will review the various approaches employed by anthropologists and archaeologists to understand diet and subsistence in the past and present. Starting with the evolutionary roots of the human diet in Plio-Pleistocene Africa, we will trace patterns of human subsistence to the present, including the social and health implications of the agricultural revolution. We will then explore modern foodways in cross-cultural perspective, focusing on the interplay of ecology, politics, technology, and cultural beliefs.
    ANTH 0680 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Leinaweaver
  • Language and Migration

    This course is part of the Engaged Scholars Program and explores the interconnections between language and migration. We will examine talk about migration – in the form of immigration policy and media representations – as well as talk in contexts of migration including experiences such as border crossing, settlement, and schooling. Given the current context of increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric and an escalation of immigration enforcement, this course raises the timely and important question of how experiences of migration and the politics of mobility are shaped by language. Our investigation will combine engaged anthropological approaches with linguistic anthropological theories and methods.
    ANTH 0805 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Arnold
  • Anthropology of China

    This course introduces students to contemporary Chinese culture and society, w/a focus on the rapid changes that have taken place during the post-Mao reform era in the People’s Republic of China (1978- present). Emphasis will be placed on the importance of historical and global context in developing an understanding of contemporary Chinese culture. Readings and lectures will draw primarily upon recent ethnographic work conducted in the PRC, but readings from the disciplines of history, political science, public health, and contemporary Chinese literature (in translation) will also be incorporated. Topics: family life, urbanization, housing, migration, gender, health/disease, labor, globalization, and cyberculture.
    ANTH 1111 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
  • Ethnographies of Heritage: Community and Landscape of the Mediterranean and Beyond

    Archaeologists study objects and (socio-cultural) anthropologists investigate culture is how stereotype and conventions have long had it. As material culture studies have increasingly blurred these boundaries, the distinction is entirely meaningless when it comes to archaeological heritage. Taking its cue from material culture studies, this course explores how local communities experience the material remains from the past and (re)incorporate them into their contemporary lives.
    ANTH 1126 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Van Dommelen
  • Bioethics and Culture

    This course examines bioethics from an ethnographic point of view. Topics include pregnancy, death, suicide, disability, medical research, organ transplantation, and population control. We will distinguish between the moral experiences of people faced with difficult choices, and the ethical ideals to which they aspire. We will then ask: how can these perspectives be reconciled? When trying to reconcile these perspectives, how can we account for powerful dynamics of race, gender, class, religion, and cultural difference? Finally, how can we develop a code of ethics that takes these issues into account and also is fundamentally connected to everyday life?
    ANTH 1242 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
  • Anthropology of Homelessness

    Homelessness emerged as a public concern in the United States and in other industrialized countries in the late 1970s as people began encountering people living on the streets, a way of life which had formerly been confined to the skid rows of large cities. In this course, through readings, readings, discussion, and hands on experiences with homeless populations, we will uncover the causes, conditions, and responses to homelessness. Each student will spend at least two hours per week in a local homeless-serving agency in order to gain face to face experiences. The field placements will be facilitated by the professor.
    ANTH 1301 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Glasser
  • International Health: Anthropological Perspectives

    This course explores the distinctive contribution that a critical approach—primarily that of medical anthropology—can make to the rapidly changing field of global health. The course takes a problem-based approach and focuses on “grand challenges", such as those posed by global pandemics, humanitarian crisis, or the limited reach of child and maternal health programs in “resource-poor” locations. Through ethnographic case studies, we will examine how the concepts and practices associated with global health interventions travel to different parts of the world and interact with local agendas.
    ANTH 1310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nading
  • Material Culture Practicum

    Combines theory with hands-on study of artifacts from historical archaeological contexts in North and Latin America. Students will gain skills and experience in artifact identification, dating, recording, analysis, and interpretation, and will conduct individual or team research projects on material things as products of everyday life and history. Enrollment limited to 15.
    ANTH 1621 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
  • History of Anthropology: Anthropological Theories

    Looks at the way anthropological methods and theories have interlaced through history to understand the dominant concerns in present-day anthropology. What were the important issues that influenced the discipline's history? Who were the significant, and not so well known, historic personalities who shaped anthropological practice and gave it its identity? Enrollment limited to 20.
  • Faces of Culture

    The seminar is designed to allow you as anthropology majors to question to debate and examine some of the assumptions of the discipline, and critically explore the multfacious uses of the concept. We will contextualize the study of culture with the history of anthropology and across other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. Limited to 20. Prerequisite: ANTH1900
    ANTH 1910D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
  • Individual Research Project

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ANTH 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
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    ANTH 1970 S02
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    VanValkenburgh
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    ANTH 1970 S03
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    Faudree
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    ANTH 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
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    ANTH 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Glasser
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    ANTH 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    DiCarlo
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    ANTH 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
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    ANTH 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Scherer
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    ANTH 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Besky
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    ANTH 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Houston
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    ANTH 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Singh
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    ANTH 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
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    ANTH 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
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    ANTH 1970 S14
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    ANTH 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Lutz
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    ANTH 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    McGarvey
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    ANTH 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Leinaweaver
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    ANTH 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
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    ANTH 1970 S20
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    ANTH 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    ANTH 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Preucel
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    ANTH 1970 S23
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    ANTH 1970 S24
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    ANTH 1970 S25
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    ANTH 1970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Brown
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  • Principles of Cultural Anthropology

    A seminar exploring fundamental theoretical and ethnographic currents in 20th- and 21st-century cultural anthropology.
    ANTH 2010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
  • Methods of Anthropological Research

    A seminar on the methodological problems associated with field research in social and cultural anthropology. Designed to help students prepare for both summer and dissertation research.
    ANTH 2020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
  • Anthropology Dissertators' Seminar

    This seminar is for post-field graduate students in residence at Brown who are at any stage of writing their dissertations. It is intended to support dissertators by providing a structured community, providing a setting for sharing goals, and workshopping writing.
    ANTH 2060 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Faudree
  • Anthropological Demography

    A seminar devoted to the investigation of the interface of anthropology (especially sociocultural anthropology) and demography. A wide variety of demographic topics-fertility, mortality, marriage, migration-are considered, and the links between anthropological and demographic writings on and approaches to these areas are examined.
    ANTH 2300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
  • Problems in Archaeology: Archaeology of Colonialism

    Explores the theoretical discourses shaping anthropological approaches and defining archaeological projects on culture contact and colonialism. Attention will be given to examining colonial encounters between Europeans and indigenous peoples as ongoing processes rather than particular historical moments, and to looking at recent efforts at decolonizing archaeological practice.
    ANTH 2500A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
  • Linguistic Theory and Practice

    An introduction to theoretical and methodological issues in the study of language and social life. We begin by examining semiotic approaches to language. We turn to classical research on language as a structured system - covering such topics as phonology and grammatical categories - but we focus on the implications of such work for broader social scientific and humanistic research. We then consider areas of active contemporary research, including cognition and linguistic relativity, meaning and semantics, pronouns and deixis, deference and register, speech acts and performativity, interaction, verbal art and poetics, reported speech, performance, and linguistic ideology.
    ANTH 2800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Faudree
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    ANTH 2970 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ANTH 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Preucel
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    ANTH 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Singh
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    ANTH 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Scherer
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    ANTH 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Faudree
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    ANTH 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Brown
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    ANTH 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
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    ANTH 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
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    ANTH 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    VanValkenburgh
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    ANTH 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
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    ANTH 2980 S10
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    ANTH 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Besky
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    ANTH 2980 S12
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    ANTH 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Houston
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    ANTH 2980 S14
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    ANTH 2980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
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    ANTH 2980 S16
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    ANTH 2980 S17
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    ANTH 2980 S19
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    ANTH 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Lutz
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    ANTH 2980 S21
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    ANTH 2980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    McGarvey
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    ANTH 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
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    ANTH 2980 S24
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    ANTH 2980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    ANTH 2980 S26
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    ANTH 2980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
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    ANTH 2980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Warren
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    ANTH 2980 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Leinaweaver
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  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    ANTH 2990 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Courses of Interest to Students Concentrating in Anthropology

    The following courses, listed in other departments, may be of interest to students concentrating in Anthropology. Please check the course listings of the sponsoring department for times and locations.

    Classics
    MGRK 1210 A Migration Crisis? Displacement, Materiality, and Experience
    ANTH XLIST 0