Graduate Courses - Fall 2016

ANT 500-000 [1455]  Proseminar in Anthropology

Chikako Ozawa-de Silva
TU 10:00-1:00

Anthropology 500 provides a graduate introduction to the field of Anthropology, especially as practiced here at Emory University.  We begin with a brief introduction to some of the debates and issues surrounding the analytical scope, theories, and methods of the field of Anthropology. The bulk of the semester will be spent exploring how these wide ranging approaches to Anthropology, epistemology, methodology, theory, and inter-disciplinarity are reflected, translated, and applied in Anthropological research. These engagements with Anthropological scholarship will be enacted in several forms: (1) a pro-seminar, in which various faculty members of the Emory Anthropology Department visit the class to present and discuss their ‘sub-field’ of anthropology and their own scholarly research; (2) weekly précis papers summarizing a selected text from the assigned readings; (3) individual research projects (annotated bibliographies as well as a more integrative ‘review essay’) engaging a range of theories and methodological approaches within their chosen area of scholarship.  Students are also strongly encouraged to attend scholarly presentations sponsored within the department as well as related campus talks, seminars and workshops as they arise over the course of the semester. In sum, the course engages new members of the field in ongoing conversations and debates about the big questions, competing perspectives, and telling insights of anthropology.

Particulars: Only students registered in the Anthropology PhD program may enroll. All enrollments are processed through Anthropology.


ANT 501-000 [1456]  History of Anthropological Thought

Robert Paul
TH 9:00-12:00

This course traces some of the main trends in the history of theory in socio-cultural anthropology since the field’s origins in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  It begins with a consideration of the Victorian-era thinkers such as Tylor, Morgan, Spencer, and Frazer, and then continues with a discussion of Boas and Durkheim, the two great modernizers of the field.  Durkheim’s influence in France continues through Mauss, Levi-Strauss, and Bourdieu; and in England through Malinowski and Radcliffe-Brown to Evans-Pritchard, Victor Turner, and Mary Douglas; while in America several different schools branch out from under the influence of Boas and his immediate successors such as Kroeber and Lowie: first there are Benedict and Mead, whose influence leads to latter day symbolic  anthropology as represented by Geertz, Schneider and others; then there is the important school of cultural materialism and evolution leading from Leslie White and Julian Steward to Marvin Harris, Roy Rappaport, and others; the impact of feminist theory of anthropology represented by figures such as Sherry Ortner, Michelle Rosaldo, and others; and finally the post-modern turn, represented by James Clifford, George Marcus, and Michael Fischer.


ANT 555R-00P [4824]  Research Seminar in Biological Anthropology

Craig Hadley
TH 4:30-5:30

Required for First-year through Third-year Biological Anthropology Students


ANT 560-000 [4825]  Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Bruce Knauft
W 6:00-9:00

This course explores methods of ethnographic fieldwork, proposal writing, and ethnographic write-up and representation in cultural anthropology.  The course is designed for first and second year graduate students in cultural anthropology who intend to conduct long-term ethnographic doctoral research in a field setting.  The course construes “methods” as the professional skills associated with practically conducting and completing doctoral fieldwork, on the one hand, and issues of writing and representation before, during, and following fieldwork, on the other.  This includes techniques and methods used to collect information in the field as well as the configuration and analysis of information for purposes of proposal writing, write-up, and various forms of media representation.  The course considers pilot studies, proposal writing, full fieldwork, and subsequent write-up as stages of professional development that are integrally linked and yet in important ways disjoined or disjunctive in our lived experience as researchers.

The course draws heavily on the specific research agendas and field plans of the individual students taking the course.  Classes are structured in a seminar format that privileges engaged discussion, student presentation, and instructor analysis and commentary on student projects, both individually and collectively.  Reading includes highly selected classic and recent works concerning ethnographic methods, fieldwork experience, and ethnographic writing as well as successful field work funding proposals written in previous years by students and faculty.  Major attention is given to student proposal writing.  The course is not designed as a survey or literature review of available works concerrning field methods or ethnography.  The larger goal is rather to critically cultivate strategies whereby students can successfully implement and carry out their own doctoral field research projects.      

Students interested in taking this course should feel free to contact the instructor in advance concerning their research interests, including how these may be engaged with the course materials and structure.

The course is designed primarily for anthropology graduate students.  Students not intending to conduct long term ethnographic fieldwork as part of their doctoral research should definitely contact the instructor before attempting to enroll. 

Emerson, Robert M., Rachel I Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw, Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, 2nd edition. University of Chicago Press.  ISBN:  978-0-226-20683-7.
Van Maanen, John, Tales of the Field:  On Writing Ethnography, 2nd edition. University of Chicago Press.  ISBN: 978-0-226-84964-5.
Skinner, Jonathan, Editor.  The Interview: An Ethnographic Approach.  New York: Berg.  ISBN: 978-1-84788-939-3.
Gardner, Andrew and David M. Hoffman.  Dispatches from the Field:  Neophyte Ethnographers in a Changing World. Long Grove, IL:  Waveland. ISBN: 978-1-57766-451-2. 


ANT 585-000 [1457]  Evolutionary Modeling

Paul Hooper
MW 10:00-11:15


ANT 585-003 [1460]  Voice and Visibility

Debra Vidali
TH 1:00-4:00

The aim of this seminar is to develop a theoretical framework and practical toolkit for understanding issues of voice and visibility as they affect the human condition and modes of expression.  We will examine how voice and visibility -- and their negative counterparts, silence, invisibility, and erasure – frame the politics of representation in contemporary struggles of self-determination.  We will also examine these themes as they impact the projects of knowledge production across the social sciences and humanities.  Questions of who gets to speak, who is heard, and which types of voices and even genres count as legitimate are central in the politics of recognition, sovereignty, human rights, civil society, and social reproduction.  In many cases, the politicized activation of ‘voice’ occurs against a history of silencing, erasure, invisibility, (stereo)typification, and even ventriloquism.  
Diverse approaches will be engaged, including: postcolonial theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, sociolinguistics, visual anthropology, performance studies, media studies, discourse analysis, and transgressive writing.  Readings will examine topics such as:  indigenous rights, sovereignty, citizenship, sexuality, embodiment, racial passing, and the Black Lives Matter movement.  Course readings will be selected based on participants’ interests and training needs.  

Current books under consideration include:

The Dialogic Imagination,by M. M. Bakhtin
Bad Indians, by Deborah Miranda (2013)
Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition, by Glen Sean Coulthard (2014)
Museums, Heritage and Indigenous Voice: Decolonizing Engagement, by Byroni Onciul (2015)
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nahesi Coates (2015)
Talk to Me:  Listening Between the Lines, by Anna Deavere-Smith (2001)
Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, by Marcia A Dawkins (2012).
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America, by Mary L. Gray (2009)
The Sixth Sense Reader, ed. David Howes (2009)
Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants, by Caroline Brettell and Deborah Reed-Danahay (2015)
Voicing Subjects: Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu, by Laura Kunreuther (2014)
Missing Bodies:  The Politics of Visibility, by Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore (2009)
Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea, ed. by Rosalind Morris (2010)


ANT 585-004 [2454]  From Landmarks to Revisions

Thomas Rogers & Jeffrey Lesser
TH 9:00-12:00
Cross-listed with HIST


ANT 585-005 [3374]  Experiments in Scholarly Form

Angelika Bammer & Anna Grimshaw
TU 1:00-4:00
Cross-listed with COMP LIT

Recent developments in American higher education—the increasing emphasis on inter- disciplinarity, the so-called “crisis” of academic publishing, the call for more attention to public scholarship, and the emergence of new fields of scholarly inquiry—have put pressure on the traditional forms through which scholarship is presented. While such pressure is sometimes experienced negatively, as a problem, it also presents a productive occasion for innovation and creativity.

Often interdisciplinarity is conceptualized as an additive model: philosophy plus literature, anthropology plus history, X plus Y. This course starts from a different premise. We take genuine interdisciplinarity to be an open-ended, exploratory process that by its very nature cannot be encompassed within the existing framework of conventional academic disciplines. Not only are new disciplines and fields of study continually emerging, but established disciplines are themselves in an ongoing process of revision and reinvention, both internally and in dialogue with other disciplines. In this environment, exploration and experimentation are integral to scholarly work. In this spirit of discovery and exploration, our course explores challenges to established forms of scholarly representation. Drawing on a series of case studies, we examine ways of pursuing intellectual inquiry that extend beyond the conventional academic text. In particular, we consider experiments in a variety of media: writing (e.g. personal memoir, dialogue, the essay, diary), image-based (the photo-essay and film) and digital forms.

The goal of this course is twofold: (1) Students will learn to critically assess the possibilities and limitations of conventional forms of scholarly presentation in their fields; (2) They will learn to explore new forms of scholarly presentation relevant to their work.

Materials include: Berger, J and Mohr, J. A Seventh Man (1975); Steedman, C. Landscape for a Good Woman (1986); MacDougall, D. To Live With Herds (1971); Stewart, K. Ordinary Affects (2007)


ANT 585-006 [5909]  Ethnography of Religious Experience

Don Seeman
W 12:00-3:00
Cross-listed with REL

This seminar is a critical introduction to theory and methodology in the ethnography/anthropology of religion. We will read full-length ethnographies that focus on a variety of religious settings—Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish— as well as some classics in religious studies, such as William James. How does ethnography ask and answer questions differently than other methodologies in religious studies? What are its strengths and limitations? And how do recent trends in the anthropology of religious experience/phenomenological anthropology promise to transform both anthropology and the study of religion as academic disciplines? This course will also be of special interest to students of religion in Africa, the Middle East and the United States. Both advanced and beginner students in the anthropology of religion welcome!


ANT 797R              Directed Study


ANT 798R              Advanced Research


ANT 799R              Dissertation Research