ANTHROPOLOGY GRADUATE COURSES AT RUTGERS
Courses in Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology:
16:070:544 Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
Professor Pamela McElwee
Monday 10:55am-1:55pm COB 226
This course is the key seminar for the Human Dimensions of Environmental Change graduate certificate program. The seminar is designed to provide students with a survey of theories and concepts in human-environment studies. We will examine how perspectives and arguments of oft-cited theorists (e.g. Marx, Foucault, Latour, Haraway, etc) have been taken up in nature-society scholarship in geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental studies, and other disciplines. To do so, we will read selected writings from social theorists as well as contemporary nature-society scholars together, making sense of writing and concepts through collective discussion and debate. No previous exposure to social theory is required or assumed; we will work through these approaches from the ground-up in this class.
16:070:537 Anthropology of Human Rights
Professor Daniel Goldstein
Monday 3:55-6:55pm RAB 302
Human rights is a global conception that has produced many and varied impacts, has been adapted and reworked in local contexts worldwide, and has become the object of as well as a resource for popular struggle, state policymaking, and transnational movements – all of which makes it a perfect subject for anthropological analysis. But anthropology has a long and complicated relationship with human rights, as this course explores. We will examine the origins and expansion of human rights thinking, and the impacts this has had on national formations and local contexts. We will go on to consider the conflicts between culture and rights that have emerged in this process, and the question of universality in the application of human rights around the world. The course will also consider the ways in which rights conceptions have been mobilized in local struggles, with a particular geographical focus on Latin America. We will look at specific manifestations of rights as captured in ethnographic writing, including issues of indigenous rights, women’s rights, the relationship between security and rights, and the rights of transnational migrants. Students will develop one particular theme from among those studied in their final research paper for the course.
16:070:541 Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Professor Louisa Schein
Crosslisted as 16:195:519, Comparative Literature and Other Fields
Tuesday 3:55 - 6:55pm RAB 305
This interdisciplinary course introduces theories that have been developed to engage cultural politics, including discourse, ideology and subjectification; materialist cultural analysis; capitalism and the culture industry; affect, performativity and embodiment; critical race and ethnic studies; queer theory and queer of color critique, cultural production, circulation and reception. Readings cover British and Frankfurt school geneaologies of the Cultural Studies field, and subsequent trajectories, juxtaposing Euro-American, transnational, and non-Western (particularly Asian) sites and flows. We explore methodologies for researching and interpreting media, popular culture and consumption; neoliberalism and markets; race, racism and bodies; gender/sexuality and eroticism; normativity, policing and resistance; nationalism, transnationalism and diaspora; new, digital and social media. Through close readings of theoretical, empirical, creative and film texts, we ask questions such as: What meanings and practices constitute subjectivity and/or identity? How do symbolic, epistemic and physical violence interact? How to think decolonization? How is mass culture imbricated with class, race, privilege and other inequalities? What is meant by precarity and social death? How and when does sexuality become racialized? Always with an attention to modes of writing, we will actively discuss alternative and transdisciplinary intellectual strategies. The course is also designed to hone interpretive skills as an enhancement to students’ specific research projects.
Courses in Evolutionary Anthropology:
16:070:502 Proseminar in Evolutionary Anthropology
Professor Carmel Schrire
Tuesday 2:15-5:15pm RAB 302
This course is an introduction both to human evolutionary science as a discipline and to the particular research interests of Rutgers’ faculty, most of whom belong to the section of Evolutionary Anthropology (EA).
During the first class we will discuss the organisation and administration of the course and the backgrounds of the faculty and students that are involved here. In the last class we will discuss what has been learned and how that might affect our future research. The rest of the semester will feature a series of faculty presentations, where they will discuss their broad research fields and focus on their particular interests. The visiting faculty member will assign readings, give a presentation, and lead a discussion. After the class, the students will be required to summarise the main findings and present this to the Instructor.
16:070:561 Human Behavioral Ecology
Professor Lee Cronk
Monday 2:15pm-5:15pm RAB 305
Review of major issues and recent research in behavioral ecology and related approaches to human behavior.