HISTORY 229 - Introduction to Historical Anthropology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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One of the principal concerns of cultural anthropology has been to discover, document, and interpret differences and similarities across cultures. Historical anthropology similarly looks at differences and similarities in the ways in which people understand the past, use the past, and assign different meanings to the past in different societies around the world. While we generally believe that 'history' is both an academic discipline and a chronological narrative about important events, those of us who study historical anthropology find that this is not a shared understanding of history throughout the world. People secure memories of the past in different ways: in some societies written sources are most important, for other societies it is the storyteller who guards memories of the past, for other societies tools of remembering are found in the environment, in buildings, and in other material forms. Some societies highly value special guardians of history, others don't. Does this mean that the past is more important to some societies rather than others? Do people actually remember differently or only use different tools to remember? And what is memory anyway? An account that conforms to one's present identity or an accurate assessment of the past? This course will address the power of the past, looking at why and how contemporary social demands and political battles are fought on the terrain of history and what we choose to remember and systematically forget about it.

HISTORY 229 - Introduction to Historical Anthropology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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