ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Section: 005 Traveling Home
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and above.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In classical anthropology, the anthropologist typically traveled away from home to an exotic location, experiencing homesickness, and then returned home to write up an account of far-flung travels in distant parts of the world. But in contemporary anthropology, this proposition is often turned upside down. Many “native anthropologists” and “diasporic anthropologists” choose to go home in order to do their fieldwork. Rather than dividing the world into the exotic and the domestic, the far and the near, such anthropologists grapple with a whole new set of questions —

  • What does it mean to be an insider?
  • Can you study your home location effectively?
  • Even as you seek out the experience of homecoming, can you truly ever go home?
  • Is it possible to feel homesick even at home?
  • What is home in an age where the soul is global?
  • Can the search for home overcome the feeling of homelessness that obsesses modern thought?

We will read widely across the genres of ethnography, autobiography, and fiction to understand the diverse meaning of homecoming in our time. Class discussions and a range of writing assignments will engage students to think about the complexities of identity, belonging, nostalgia, and loss when traveling home.

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Intended Audience:

The course is open to all upper-level undergraduates.

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ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
10961
Open
10
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: This class meets in 208 WH.
002 (SEM)
P
19474
Open
13
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
28557
Open
20
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
31920
Open
19
 
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M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
32171
Open
16
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
32573
Open
10
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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