ANTHRCUL 226 - Introduction to Historical Anthropology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Cultural anthropology is basically the study of how people “do things differently” throughout the many societies and cultures around the world; social history is the study of how those societies and cultures have changed over time. The two disciplines of anthropology and history have a lot to say to each other. How are our present societies and cultures connected to our own pasts, and to the pasts of others? What are the historical paths that have led to the cultural differences we find today around the world? Such questions are both anthropological and historical, and it takes the combined skills and techniques of both disciplines to address them. While we do so, an anthropological awareness of cultural differences also alerts us to the very real possibility that different cultures have a variety of ideas about “history.” How did the past happen? How “present” is it? How do we remember it—in writing? Through oral traditions? In other ways? How do social memories of the past shape cultures in the present? In what ways do social actors actively define and inscribe the past, perhaps in a struggle to control the present and future? How do conflicts over the meaning of the past reveal truths about social tensions, divisions, and processes in the present? In this course, we will study the convergences of anthropology and history from two angles: the uses of historical research (and research techniques) to explain and illuminate cultural difference; and the use of anthropological research (and research techniques) to understand cultural differences in approaches to history. Our objectives are to develop an anthropological sensitivity to the everyday workings of history, and to become more aware of how history is never “history” (in the colloquial sense of being over and done with), but is constantly being negotiated—and is constantly at work shaping the possibilities of our future. Grades will be based on class participation, a weekly journal, and papers.

ANTHRCUL 226 - Introduction to Historical Anthropology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30343
Open
9
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
30345
Open
4
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
30347
Open
5
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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