ANTHRCUL 357 - Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 002 The Intimacy of Terror: Violence in the Postcolony
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
2 - 3
Advisory Prerequisites:
A course in cultural anthropology and junior standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How do we understand acts of public, collective, targeted, and recurring violence that take place beyond the jurisdiction of the postcolonial state, but within the sanctions of the postcolonial community? In this course we examine the intimate quality of terror generated by what the anthropologist James Siegel calls “killing in one’s own image.” We will focus on the 1994 Rwanda massacres, Hindu/Muslim violence during the 1947 partition of India, the 1984 killing of Sikhs in Delhi, the 1983 pogroms directed at the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, the 1976/1992 Bangkok student massacres, ETA and the Basque separatist movement, and paramilitary death squads in Columbia. Our study of these events and phenomena will involve a reading and discussion of anthropological scholarship. Some scholars confront the historical, political, and social processes underlying the violence. Other scholars address the morphology of the violent event at the moment of its making. Still others are concerned with the reconstitution of identities and communities that take place following acts of intimate terror. What role does the state, historical memory, public ceremony, the urban landscape, and spectral economy play? How do we understand the affective charge of rumor, the riot crowd, local politics, and new media technologies? What forms of collective and subjective identities take shape around the expectation, occurrence, and consequence of violence? What about this, if anything, is specific to the postcolony? Grades will be based on class participation, short paper assignments, and a final research paper.

ANTHRCUL 357 - Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
28821
Open
4
 
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Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
28894
Open
10
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0520247450
Life and words : violence and the descent into the ordinary, Author: Veena Das ; foreword by Stanle, Publisher: University of California Press [Nachdr.] 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0802141323
The wretched of the earth / Frantz Fanon ; translated from the French by Richard Philcox ; introductions by Jean-Paul Sartre and Homi K. Bhabha., Publisher: Grove Press 2004
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0226790142
Law in a lawless land : diary of a "limpieza" in Colombia, Author: Michael Taussig., Publisher: University of Chicago Press University 2003
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0691074607
The funeral casino : meditation, massacre, and exchange with the dead in Thailand, Author: Alan Klima, Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press 2002
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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