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Courses in Anthropology

Departmental Representative: Prof. Ellen Marakowitz, 468 Schermerhorn Extension
212-854-8268
em8@columbia.edu

ANTH S1002D The Interpretation of Culture. 3 points.

The anthropological approach to the study of culture and human society. Using ethnographic case studies, the course explores the universality of cultural categories (social organization, economy, law, belief systems, arts, etc.) and the range of variation among human societies.

Summer 2017: ANTH S1002D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 1002 001/12048 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
963 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Maxine Weisgrau 3 4/20

ANTH S3009D The Anthropology of Islam. 3 points.

  What does it mean to be a pious or secular Muslim in the Middle East today? How is this complex identity inhabited, embodied, expressed, nurtured, redefined, contested and debated in the contemporary Middle East?  What kinds of ongoing debates about shari'a and authority are constitutive of Islam as a discursive tradition?  Through what forms of embodied practices and dispositions do women involved in a mosque movement in Cairo seek to become pious subjects?  What does it mean to be secular in Turkey?  Or a young person born after the revolution in Iran?  How does a Moroccan anthropologists teaching at Princeton University experience and reflect on his pilgrimage to Mecca?  We will think about these and other related questions through a series of recent anthropological texts that deal with questions of piety, secularity, modernity and subjectivity among Muslims in the contemporary Middle East.

Summer 2017: ANTH S3009D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 3009 001/71996 M W 5:30pm - 8:40pm
467 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Sonia Ahsan 3 2/20

ANTH S3722D Anthropology of Violence. 3 points.

This course will explore contemporary anthropological approaches to the issue of violence with an exploration of three particular themes. Our main focus will be on the idea of representation, ethnographically and theoretically, of the concept of violence. First, we will look at how violence has been situated as an object of study within anthropology, as a theoretical concept as well as in practice. We will then look at the issue of terrorism and how anthropology as a discipline contributes to understanding this particular form of violence. Finally, we will consider gender-based violence with close attention to the colonial/post-colonial settings where Islam is a salient factor. Gender based violence is one of the main forces producing and reproducing gender inequality. We will pay particular attention to the concept of the "Muslim woman" in both the colonial and colonized imagination.

Summer 2017: ANTH S3722D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 3722 001/28655 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
467 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Ellen Marakowitz 3 5/20

ANTH S4187Q Women and Gender in South Asia. 3 points.

This course is an ethnographic and historical introduction to the construction of gender and feminist theory in the South Asian context. We will focus on textual and visual material, primarily ethnographies and films, to provide a critique of normative representations of the "South Asian woman". These readings will be used to reveal the complex social and historical configurations that institute and obscure gendered experiences and representations within the colonial imagination and their colonized others. A significant motif of this course will be to develop alternative ways of knowing and understanding gender construction, sexual relations, and community formation in South Asia.

Summer 2017: ANTH S4187Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 4187 001/63085 T Th 5:30pm - 8:40pm
963 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Sonia Ahsan 3 7/20

ANTH S4209D Caribbean Societies & Cultures. 3 points.

This course is designed to provide the student with a general overview and understanding of the historical, political, economic and social forces that underlie the creation and maintenance of present-day Caribbean societies and cultures.  The first half of the course will deal exclusively with the historical background of the region, focusing on such seminal processes as the transatlantic slave trade; European mercantilism and colonization; New World slavery and plantation societies; and the evolution of national polities, institutions and identities in the English, Spanish and French-speaking Caribbean. The second half of the course will deal with issues of a more contemporary, anthropological nature things like race, class & ethnicity; gender relations; Afro-Caribbean religious systems; migration; and popular culture.

Summer 2017: ANTH S4209D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 4209 001/19744 T Th 5:50pm - 8:45pm
467 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Neil Savishinsky 3 0/20

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