ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 102 From Anime to Beyonce: Anthropology of Performance and Animation
Term: SP 2016
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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How can you tell if what’s happening is performance or “real life”? Who gets to decide? And what happens when we have trouble distinguishing between the two? Anthropologists have studied performance events in different cultures to learn about important beliefs, values, and rites of passage. Theories of performance have also offered insight on how people interact in the “dramas” of everyday life. New media present new questions: When does the “virtual” become real? How do people understand masks, dolls, or avatars — as extensions of self, as social beings, or something else entirely?

In this course, we will read about African masks, French magic, American jazz institutions, and robots. We will experiment in class with new media (like computer games) and old materials (like puppets). We will use theories about language and culture to think about theater, video games, puppet shows, and COSplay.

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The course and welcomes students from a range of fields, including those interested in language, culture, art, media, and performance.

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ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
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102 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
103 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: (Meets with Environ 242.101)
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