Department of Anthropology

ANT 301 • Biological Anthropology

31625-31680 • Lewis, Rebecca
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A121A
N1
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This course is an introduction to the principles and the methods of biological anthropology, the study of human beings from a biological perspective.  It is a field that seeks to explain our relationship to other primates and to the rest of the natural world.  In other words: Who are we? How are we unique? How, why, and when did we come to be the way that we are? The study of biological anthropology requires many different types of knowledge.  Throughout the course, we will examine anatomical, behavioral, and genetic similarities and differences among the living primates, learn the basic mechanisms of evolution, and trace the path of human evolution as reconstructed from the fossil record.  The main goal of the course is to obtain a clear understanding of our place in nature.


ANT 301 • Biological Anthropology-Wb

31690 • Kappelman, John • Internet; Asynchronous
N1
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This course is an introduction to the principles and the methods of biological anthropology, the study of human beings from a biological perspective.  It is a field that seeks to explain our relationship to other primates and to the rest of the natural world.  In other words: Who are we? How are we unique? How, why, and when did we come to be the way that we are? The study of biological anthropology requires many different types of knowledge.  Throughout the course, we will examine anatomical, behavioral, and genetic similarities and differences among the living primates, learn the basic mechanisms of evolution, and trace the path of human evolution as reconstructed from the fossil record.  The main goal of the course is to obtain a clear understanding of our place in nature.


ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

31695-31740 • Seriff, Suzanne
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM ART 1.102
GC SB
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This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.


ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology-Wb

31764 • Sturm, Circe • Internet; Asynchronous
CDGC SB
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This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.


ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31765-31790 • Covey, Ronald
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM BEL 328
GC N1
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An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.


ANT 304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

31795-31820 • Franklin, Maria
Meets TTH 1:00PM-2:00PM FAC 21 • Hybrid/Blended
GC N1
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An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.


ANT 304T • Intro To Texas Archaeology-Wb

31824 • Wade, Maria • Internet; Asynchronous
GC N1
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People have been in Texas since about 12,000 years ago and the evidence of their presence throughout time is fascinating.  Ever wondered how we know and can prove that? This course introduces students to Texas archaeology through lectures and interactive virtual labs. Texas geographic and environmental diversity provided prehistoric and historic peoples with unique resources and possibilities, and people used that diversity to make choices and develop specific cultural characteristics while interacting with other peoples from the surrounding regions.

Doing archaeology requires teamwork, critical thinking and multidisciplinary approaches. In archaeology, it is often more important to ask relevant questions than provide ready answers. The lectures and labs in this course aim to emphasize these requirements as well as how archaeology relates to other sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the natural science and technology component of the common core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork, and empirical and quantitative skills.


ANT 305 • Expressive Culture

31825-31830 • Campbell, Craig
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:00PM RLP 0.112
SB
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The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of culture as a crucial dimension of human life. Because we tend to think of thought and action as stemming from individual impulses, we find the notion of a shared, highly variable, but influential force in our lives hard to fathom.  Even if we speak of "society" as a familiar concept, we tend to make of it a uniform, oppressive force, some institution outside ourselves that we individually confront and oppose. Yet only if we can learn to recognize how deeply we share certain assumptions and inclinations with others--but only some others, and to varying degrees--can we appreciate the degree to which culture inheres within us and makes us who we are.


ANT 307 • Culture And Communication

31835-31860 • Webster, Anthony
CDGC SB (also listed as LIN 312C)
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The ability to learn and use language is a quintessentially human characteristic—one that distinguishes homo sapiens from other animal species. Language is simultaneously generated through and generative of social life; the former is a primary resource that we humans use in both the structuring and accomplishment of the latter. These dynamics form the subject of study of linguistic anthropology.

This course is an introduction to linguistic anthropology. It is impossible in a single semester to provide a complete overview of all topics that linguistic anthropologists address, so this course covers selected topics, the selection of which is aimed to illustrate how linguistic anthropologists go about doing their work: the range of topics they examine, the kinds of questions they ask, the types of approaches and methods they utilize, and the sorts of conclusions they reach.


ANT 320G • Endangered Languages

31870 • Slotta, James
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM WCP 4.118
E (also listed as LIN 373E)
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The 21st century, linguists say, could see the “death or doom” of 90 percent of the world’s languages. In response, non-governmental organizations, academics, and communities have responded with campaigns to preserve and revitalize “dying” languages. At the same time, sociolinguists and political theorists have tried to create the groundwork for the recognition of “language rights” as a tool for defending small-scale and minority language communities against the spread of national and global languages. In this course, we examine such efforts in order to ask: why does the idea of language death inspire all of this work and attention? What is “a language” – what properties are seen to inhere in language – that drives these activities? Here we will explore views of language that underpin the anxieties and efforts of the language rights and revitalization movements: from the place of language in the 19th and 20th century politics of national autonomy to the role of language as a repository of worldviews and an emblem of our shared humanity. In the process, we see how “language” and distinct “languages” are situated at the center of imaginations of community and moral anxieties over autonomy, with all of the political and ethical implications that result for people who are recognized as having their own language as well as those who recognize the “languagedness” of others.


ANT 322N • Hist Of Hindu Relig Traditn

31885 • Maitra, Nabanjan
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GAR 0.128
GC (also listed as ANS 340D, HIS 364C, R S 321)
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This course surveys the long and storied history of the religion now known as Hinduism, from the forgotten civilizations of the Indus Valley to the lively and robust traditions of the present day. As we move through the centuries, we will examine how legendary Hindu tales and doctrines continue to speak to each other in their own language, how they inform the lives of native speakers, and reward those who take the time to learn their language. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify key traditions, concepts, and personalities of the Hindu philosophical and mythological traditions and will have developed a foundational cultural literacy in the world’s third largest religion.


ANT 322P • Mexican Immigratn Cul Hist-Wb

31890 • Menchaca, Martha
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
CD (also listed as LAS 324L)
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This course seeks to develop a student's understanding of the history of Mexican

immigration to the U.S. It will provide an overview of migratory patterns dating

back to the late pre-historic period through contemporary times. The focus of the

course, however, will be current immigration issues dealing with: 1) causes of

Mexican immigration: globalization, Mexican politics, agribusiness, 2) U.S. Law,

3) incorporation, and 4) citizenship.


ANT 323P • Anthropol Of The Himalayas

31910 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 2.128
GCWr (also listed as AAS 330L, ANS 361)
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This course looks at the history and culture of the Himalayan region, including Northeast India, sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Tibet, but especially Nepal. Some understanding of Asian history, politics and religion will be helpful (but not necessary) as our attempt will not be a comprehensive survey of the region. The Himalayas have been the site of a great deal of anthropological attention and as such we will be simultaneously be exploring several key theoretical, historical and methodological issues within the discipline of anthropology as we learn about places and people in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the area as a site for negotiating identity (caste and indigeneity), development politics, social movements, music, animals and current political tensions in the region. At the conclusion of the class, students should have a stronger idea of the important role this area has played in the political, religious and social imagination of the world and an appreciation of concepts such as ritual theory, social movements, modernity and gender studies.

 

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Participation/Attendance 10%

Student Presentations 10%

Discussion Posting 15%

3 Short papers 35%

Exam 5%

Final Paper 25%


ANT 324L • Archaeology Field Lab Methods

31918 • Ibarrola, Mary
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WCP 4.174
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This course is an introduction to field and laboratory work in archaeology including survey, excavation, artifact processing and cataloging, and initial artifact/sample analysis. The class combines practical experience with theoretical foundations, grounding field and laboratory research in a deep understanding of the legislative and cultural contexts which archaeologists navigate. This course will require students to engage with literature and debate on key issues in archaeological field practice, data recording and analysis. They will be expected to develop their own case study project and the final take-home exam is designed to reflect an understanding of the entire research process in archaeology.


ANT 324L • Blacks/Asians: Race/Soc Mov

31965 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PMA 5.116
CD (also listed as AAS 330D)
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ANT 324L • Coloniality In West Africa

31919 • Davidson De Sa, Celina
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM WCP 5.172
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This seminar will track both the changes and continuities of socio-political categories in African contexts from the period of formal colonial rule to the present day. The course will consider impact of ideologies prevalent in colonization, the decolonizing movements, and postcolonial nation-states that speak to subject formation by reviewing their progression over time through theoretical arguments and evidence from case studies. Race, ethnicity, and nationality have been central to the forms of power and authority that first undergirded the colonial system and later became the groundwork for sovereign African countries. Yet the discourses of social difference can be deceiving, obscuring the mechanisms of political control that impact the kinds of communities and political formations people construct at various moments. Looking at a range of social and cultural consequences of political systems, we will explore how anthropology was a part of the colonial endeavor in Africa, and how contemporary studies have leveraged postcolonial theory to decolonize studies of African social life. Topics covered will include race and ethnicity as formative processes, how identity is performative, coloniality as an ongoing process, and the role of historical memory in post-colonial African contexts.


ANT 324L • Ethnographic Writing-Wb

31955 • Stewart, Kathleen
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
Wr
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This course uses ethnographic writing to explore what animates collective and differing sensibilities, sensations and modes of living. Your writing, though non-fiction, will be creative in its effort to evoke and speculate on worlds that are both real and actively mediated and composed both through your writing and through all kinds of modes of expression present in the everyday compositions of living. Ethnographic writing is “writing difference” through a process of participant observation - an attention to scenes you are somehow “in” whether it’s a group, an identity, a practice like running or caring for someone, or a brief situation like riding a bus, listening to music, being in a room alone, or getting a tattoo – the possibilities are endless). Think of the thing you’re in as a little world or a slice of life and work with words to describe it from your perspective as both a participant and an observer. Ethnography is a descriptive/evocative form of writing of ways of living and being in a complex assemblage of forms, forces, bodies, practices, media, materialities, sensibilities and structures. It can focus on any or all of these elements of a world. Based on participant observation, it experiments with conveying experiences, encounters, scenes, characters, events, aesthetics, political constraints and possibilities, etc. In writing culture, we are learning to describe with precision how a range of things impact lives. Write through details! The objects of your writing are not dead and fixed but moving and mixed; they can be seen from different angles, possible trajectories, or any number of problematics. As a method of writing, ethnography composes with what’s already composed. It can use forms of social science, art, science, creative nonfiction, auto-ethnography and more. It hones in on what might happen, what things in process might become, what something might be related to, a pattern.


ANT 324L • Evol Thry Id Pol Primatology

31920 • Voyt, Rachel
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM WCP 5.172
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This course brings the study of primatology and its associated evolutionary paradigms into conversation with human identity politics, particularly those surroundings ex, gender, and reproduction. We will examine both how research on non-human primates influences our understanding of sex and sex roles in humans as well as how shifting cultural perceptions of sex and gender in turn shapes non-human primate research. To do so, this course will draw from the fields of animal behavior, physiology, and cellular biology alongside fields such as history of science, social studies of science, and intersectional feminist, queer, and indigenous theory. With these bodies of knowledge, we will conduct a critical examination of sex and reproduction as it historically and currently exists within the evolutionary canon, the positionalities and power structures influencing knowledge production with regard to these topics in primatology, and how perceptions of sex and reproduction in non-human primates are utilized in human popular culture.  


ANT 324L • Historical Archaeology

31922 • Ibarrola, Mary
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WCP 4.174
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Historical archaeology is, most simply, the archaeology of historical periods. While for some this means the study of ancient literate societies, for others it is the archaeology of the modern world. Practically, it is the methodological integration of material, documentary, and oral evidence. This course explores recent theoretical, methodological, and thematic developments in historical archaeology worldwide, but with particular focus in North America and the Caribbean. We will examine how historical archaeologists interpret the past, and the contributions which have been made by historical archaeologists to the study of race and ethnicity, class, gender, colonialism, and capitalism. Students will develop critical analysis skills by practicing the evaluation and integration of archaeological, historical, and ethnographic sources through weekly readings, class discussion, and independent analysis projects. 


ANT 324L • Indigenous Peoples Rus/USsr

31960 • Campbell, Craig
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WCP 4.118
GC (also listed as REE 345)
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Students will be introduced to theories of colonial critique and visual culture studies as you explore the history of the Indigenous peoples of the Eurasian north. Through carefully chosen English-language materials you will learn about Indigenous peoples through their own words and works. You will also learn about key historical epochs beyond the overly simplistic macro-categories of Imperial Russia/Soviet Union/Post-Soviet Russia. This more nuanced account allows us to better understand how Indigenous peoples function as agents of history in the 20th and 21st Centuries. A hands-on independent research focus in this course will allow students to engage directly with the most challenging ideas identified by Indigenous peoples and scholars today. You’ll learn how to identify tropes and stereotypes and how to get beyond simply classifying them to understanding how they function in society. Major themes in the course include: colonialism, socialist colonialism, borealism through the lens of Indigeneity, northern stereotypes, Indigenous self-representation, photography and printmaking, symbols and ornaments, museums and exhibitions, as well as documentary and fiction films. This course foregrounds the study of digital images (still and moving). We will treat these images as culturally encoded rather than semiotically transparent. That is, students will learn how the meaning accorded to images changes over time and is culturally specific. This frame will train you to apprehend images in their complex movements through transcultural spaces. With a major final project (worth 40% of the final grade) you will become focused on designing and developing a research agenda and contribute to a growing public archive on representations of Indigenous peoples in Russia. Your independently designed final project will give you the training necessary to build a virtual museum exhibition of digital images. As this course is taught over multiple years the archive will grow in significance.


ANT 324L • Maya Studs Past Present Future

31923 • Cojti Ren, Iyaxel
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM WCP 4.174
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 This course explores the long history and cultural development of Maya peoples from Mexico and Central America that ranges from the earliest occupation of the Maya territory to the present. This class will start with the discussion of the term Maya in regard to the origin of the word, its use by archaeologists and anthropologists, and how it has been signified by indigenous peoples in Guatemala and Mexico. The class will be divided into three modules. In the first module, we will study the historical periods—Preclassic, Classic, and Postclassic—that comprise the chronology of the Maya civilization. In each period, we will explore several fields of the Maya population including sociopolitical organization, technology, economy, religion, and artistic expressions. The second section of this class will focus on the genocides—the Spanish Invasion, the Liberal Reform in Guatemala, and the Civil war—that the Maya people have faced in the last 500 years of their history and how they have resisted until now. The last module will cover present-day studies about contemporary Maya peoples from anthropological and historical perspectives. These modules will include reading about Maya spirituality, political participation of Maya women and men at the local and national level, cultural revitalization, and other challenges within the colonial context.   


ANT 324L • Mesoamerican History Oral Trad

31924 • Cojti Ren, Iyaxel
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM WCP 4.174
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The indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica have a deep-rooted historical consciousness that is demonstrated by the existence of various writing systems and by the production of several documents. These documents, produced by specialists or members of the indigenous nobility, had the function of reinforcing collective identity and safeguarding the history of their communities. Much of the content of these documents was also reproduced through oral tradition that has persisted until the present day. Archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists have resorted to the study of indigenous documents and oral traditions in order to reconstruct different aspects of the life and culture of the past and present populations of Mesoamerica. These resources contain an emic vision that can be correlated with archaeological evidence or other ethical perspectives, a common process of the increasingly popular interdisciplinary studies. In this course, methodological approaches will be carried out for the study of indigenous primary sources from Mesoamerica written during the Late Postclassic (c. 1200-1524 CE) and the beginning of the Colonial period, including oral tradition. This course will be divided into different themes, among them religion, socio-political organization, territory and territoriality, economy, gender roles, and the norms and values of everyday life. 


ANT 324L • Race Indigineity In Pacific

31925 • Hobart, Hiilei
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WCP 4.118
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Since the so-called Age of Discovery, the Pacific has been conceptualized as a crossroads between the East and the West. By the twentieth century, places like Hawaiʻi came to be idealized as harmonious multicultural societies. Drawing from works within Indigenous studies, ethnic studies, and critical race studies, students will address themes of sovereignty, settler colonialism, diaspora, and migration in order to interrogate and problematize the concept of the multicultural ‘melting pot’ across time. This course draws upon a number of disciplinary approaches to race, space, power, and culture to address questions that are central to people living across the Pacific and those who seek “R&R” in those “far away” places.  


ANT 324L • Sacred/Ceremonial Textiles

31940 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A203A
GC (also listed as ISL 372, MEL 321, R S 358T, WGS 340)
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From the birth to death textiles, clothing, and other material culture affects our daily lives. The communicative power of textiles and other types of material objects reflects both the everyday and ceremonial lives of people in a society. Although this course focuses on textiles and material objects indigenous to the Islamic world, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be included to draw a comparison. An attempt will be made to shed light on the culture of various Islamic societies. The study of the social and historical background of a community is essential for the interpretation of meanings and symbolism associated with textiles and other elements of material objects. Such a study will be combined in the course with topics like ceremonial gatherings; ceremonial textiles; adornment (jewelry, tattoos, body-painting); body modifications (piercing and body-reshaping); and the role of material objects in public and private celebrations. One of the areas which material objects represent relates to practices of rituals, taboos, and rotes of passage in the societies, which can be traced to the pre Islamic era. Muslim communities in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will be the primary focus of the course, and an attempt will be made to trace the common origins of ritual practices and their representation as a result to of diffusion and contact with other regional practices. Course presentations will be supported by videos, slide show and various material objects.


ANT 324L • Sex Violence Power

31935 • Lewis, Rebecca
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GAR 3.116
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Social inequality is pervasive in human and nonhuman primate societies. Why are hierarchies so prevalent and what are the biological consequences of this inequality? What are the different ways power is exercised and communicated? What is the relationship between hormones and aggression? How does sex/gender affect power? What historical and cultural influences have shaped our understanding of power? This class explores the diversity of power relationships and structures across primates, the methods used to document and analyze them, and the theories for why they arise. The class focuses on the biology of social inequality while still taking an interdisciplinary approach, such as investigating evolutionary forces that may make certain power structures more common and the genetic and health outcomes of cultural practices. Students are introduced to a vast interdisciplinary body of literature and practice the skills for identifying assumptions embedded within the theories and methodologies associated with that body of knowledge.


ANT 325T • Jewish Folklore

31980 • Gottesman, Itzik
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM TNH 2.139
GCWr (also listed as GSD 361W, J S 363, R S 357P)
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Dybbuks, golems, evil eye are just some of the more well-known aspects of Jewish folklore, but this course will also examine the folklife of the Jews, their world view, their folk beliefs and fears. Call it folk religion if you will; many of these practices were dismissed by the "offical" Jewish religion as unJewish, but the "folk" persisted and eventually the practice became Judaized and accepted.

Using literary sources, ethnographic memoirs, historical documents, films (among them "The Dybbuk" 1939), folklore collections and field trips (among them - to the oldest Austin Jewish cemetery), we will focus on what makes Jewish folklore Jewish. Among the folklore genres to be examined -folktale, legend, folksong, folk music, custom, belief and of course, Jewish humor.


ANT 347C • Methods In Primate Biology

32020 • Sandel, Aaron
Meets M 12:00PM-1:00PM WCP 4.120
IIWr
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This course focuses on the study of primate behavior and the methods by which animal behavior is observed and documented.  Students will learn how to conduct library research, formulate hypotheses and predictions, devise research projects to test these predictions, collect and analyze data, and write comprehensive research reports describing these results.

1 lecture hour and 3 lab hours per week.


ANT 348K • Primate Conservation

32025 • Sandel, Aaron
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM JES A305A
E
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This course will introduce you to the major issues in primate conservation. What are primates and why do they matter? What are the threats facing primates and the ecosystems in which they live? What are the strategies to combat those threats, and how can you as a student at UT Austin make a difference? We will be focusing on case studies in western Uganda, where I conduct my field research on chimpanzees. Although threats to ecosystems are global, given the complexity of conservation issues, it is useful to zoom in on a certain region to identify threats, solutions, and strategies specific to that area. A major theme is taking a critical perspective to conservation. What exactly do we mean by "conservation"? How have contemporary strategies been problematic? To what extent is primate conservation and ecosystem conservation generally grounded in European colonialism and perpetuating racism, classism, and imperialism?


ANT 349D • Anthropological Genetics

32029 • Di Fiore, Anthony
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WCP 5.168
IIWr
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This course explores the intersection of genetics and anthropology.  We will cover the basic principles of molecular genetics and population genetics as relates to the study of humans and other primates.  We will examine the ways in which genetics can contribute to the field of anthropology, as well as how anthropological knowledge can illuminate genetic findings.  Students will gain hands-on experience in genetic analysis, and will learn to understand and evaluate molecular anthropology research.  Topics to be covered include: human genetic diversity, human evolution and migration, ancient DNA, primate evolution and behavior, genetic ancestry and identity, genetic essentialism, admixture, eugenics, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genetics research.


ANT 350C • Primate Sensory Ecology

32030 • Kirk, Edward
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM WCP 5.172
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Primate Sensory Ecology is a course designed for advanced undergraduates in physical anthropology and the biological sciences. This course provides an opportunity for detailed study of primate sensory systems from an ecological and comparative phylogenetic perspective.
    The core topics covered in this course are the special senses of hearing, vision, and smell, with a special emphasis on the adaptive and ecological significance of sensory adaptations in primates. For each of these senses, lectures and readings will provide a comprehensive review of the following concepts: 1) general anatomy and physiology, 2) development and genetic regulation, 3) functional morphology and mechanics, 4) neural control and regulation, 5) psychophysics, 6) biological role and behavioral ecology, 7) phylogenetic history and fossil record. Additional senses that will be covered in a less-comprehensive fashion include touch, taste, balance and equilibrium, and the Jacobson's organ.
In studying each sensory system, a strong emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between variant morphologies and behavioral capabilities. This dual focus on morphology and behavioral ecology will provide students with an explicit understanding of the effect that the  functional design of a sensory system has on an organism's adaptive niche. All information will be presented within a comparative phylogenetic framework, so that evolutionary novelties (e.g., the haplorhine retinal fovea) can be understood in terms of the macroevolutionary processes responsible for the novel feature's appearance. This approach will further emphasize the importance of certain evolutionary changes in primate sensory systems as key innovations. Toward this end, discussions of current literature will cover a number of special topics in addition to the more basic aspects of sensory system morphology and function.


ANT 366 • Anat And Bio Of Human Skeleton

32035 • Kirk, Edward
Meets TTH 12:30PM-1:00PM WCP 5.172
II
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This course introduces the student to an in-depth study of the human skeleton. Class sessions combine lecture and laboratory sessions and cover topics including developmental biology, functional morphology, and skeletal identification, with a special focus on the latter skill as it relates to forensics and archaeological studies. Students will also be introduced to new 3D imaging techniques for studying the skeleton. 

This class requires both intensive in-class and out-of-class preparation. Participants must be prepared to handle actual human osteological specimens and have a professional approach to this subject and the human remains. An interest in human skeletal identification is especially applicable to the fields of archeology, physical anthropology, health sciences, law, and law enforcement.


ANT 366 • Anat/Bio Human Skeleton-Wb

32040 • Kappelman, John • Internet; Asynchronous
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This course introduces the student to an in-depth study of the human skeleton. Class sessions combine lecture and laboratory sessions and cover topics including developmental biology, functional morphology, and skeletal identification, with a special focus on the latter skill as it relates to forensics and archaeological studies. Students will also be introduced to new 3D imaging techniques for studying the skeleton. 

This class requires both intensive in-class and out-of-class preparation. Participants must be prepared to handle actual human osteological specimens and have a professional approach to this subject and the human remains. An interest in human skeletal identification is especially applicable to the fields of archeology, physical anthropology, health sciences, law, and law enforcement.


ANT 380K • Ancient Urbanism/Inequality

32064 • Thompson, Amy
Meets T 2:30PM-5:30PM RLP 3.710
(also listed as GRG 396T)
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


ANT 391 • Cities And Citizenship

32078 • Ali, Kamran
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM WCP 5.118
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This class builds on a long term collaboration between, Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali and Dr. Martina Rieker, Director of Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) at the American University of Cairo. Both scholars have conducted long term research in the Middle East, South Asia and Central America and are committed to a comparative urban studies paradigm. Our partnership on Urban research and network building has been active since 2001 under the auspices of the Shehr Comparative Urban Landscape Network. Coordinated by both of us as faculty members at UT and AUC, the Shehr Network is an academic initiative that seeks to further a social-historical and critical understanding of contemporary cities and urban practices in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

 

 The above mentioned history of cooperation will help us focus particularly on the changes linked to processes of gentrification and elite capture that is being implemented in cities of the contemporary Global South which is exasperating housing crisis for the marginalized and the poor. This is of course a global phenomenon and even in the United States the issue of public and affordable housing is an important one specially with the pandemic and the threat of looming eviction for many who are economically vulnerable.

 


ANT 391 • Ethnography: Critical Perspect

32095 • Canova, Paola
Meets W 1:00PM-4:00PM WCP 4.120
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The seminar is an exploration of the relationship between ethnography and theory from an anthropological perspective, focusing on the ways in which social theory and methodology are mutually productive. The course will critically reflect on the multiple ways in which scholars are thinking and writing about contemporary social issues and people’s subjective experiences drawing on questions such as how do we use data to think about theory and how do theoretical frameworks shape ethnographic production. The class will draw on conceptual tools combined with a close reading and analysis of ethnographic studies dealing with subjects such as gender, the environment, economics, and human-non human relations among others to critically examine themes such as power and knowledge production, the politics of ethnographic fieldwork, positionality and representation, decolonizing methodologies, and experimental writing approaches. Overall, this seminar seeks to stimulate student’s critical awareness of the complex dynamics at play that shape the production of ethnographic knowledge. 


ANT 391 • Race Ethnicity And Migration

32080 • Davidson De Sa, Celina
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM WCP 5.118
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This seminar will concentrate on how contemporary migration is conceptualized in anthropology, and how race and racism inform the construction of "the migrant" as a social category. By looking at the changing groups that cross the US/Mexico border, to Africans' attempts to settle in Europe, we will explore various circuits of movement to examine themes including empire, technologies of control, citizenship, (im)mobility, and belonging. The readings will focus on Latin America, North America, Africa and Europe, while critically exploring the permeability and constructedness of political borders. We will also examine these topics through fiction and cinematic depictions. 


ANT 391 • Rsch/Grant Proposal Writing-Wb

32110 • Sturm, Circe
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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This graduate seminar is designed to teach research proposal writing skills that are needed to secure external funding. The overall course objective is to complete a fundable research proposalby the end of the semester. Students will draft a grant that follows an expanded National Science Foundation Model. Therefore, the course is best suited for graduate students in anthropology who have a clear research project in mind and are approximately a year away from applying for external funding. Advanced graduate students in other disciplines can enroll in the course, but only with special permission from the instructor. Over the course of the semester, students will identify and approach funding sources, produce a proposal with all necessary components—including a problem statement, literature review, theoretical framework, methodology and bibliography—learn to critique their own proposals and those of others, work with partners, and formally present their research to the class.


ANT 391 • Sovereign Bodies

32120 • Hobart, Hiilei
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM WCP 5.118
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This graduate seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to theorizing bodies, power, and the sociocultural management of life. Drawing from the fields of Indigenous studies, Black studies, anthropology, and environmental studies, we will investigate diverse and contradictory definitions, narratives, representations, experiences and histories of humanness and aliveness. Together we will consider how those orientations shape and are, in turn, shaped by techniques of discipline, domination, organization; we will explore theories and narratives about what a body is, and how and why it matters; and we will finally use this theoretical landscape to envision approaches to life beyond the human/nonhuman binary, toward flourishing, interdependence, and sovereignty.

 


ANT 392N • Intro To Grad Ling Anthropol

32130 • Handman, Courtney
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM WCP 5.124
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An Anthropology Core Course, this course is an introduction to the theoretical and methodological foundations of the study of language from a sociocultural perspective. Topics discussed include linguistic, philosophical, psychological, sociological and anthropological contributions to the understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication as a social activity embedded in cultural contexts. No prior training in linguistics is presupposed. Readings include both ethnographic studies and theoretical work about language.


ANT 392P • Intro To Cultural Forms

32135 • Hartigan, John
Meets T 1:00PM-4:00PM WCP 5.118
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Seminar Description: Today cultural analysis is being applied more widely than ever before, across varied domains—expressive, corporate, scientific, and social—that require different types of expertise and knowledge to properly comprehend. In this expansion of the scope of “cultural” as an explanatory framework, a focus on form provides a free-floating type of attention across a range of milieus and mediums. The analysis of form is as ancient as Greek philosophy (e.g. rhetoric) but as current as our interests in the latest technologies. This seminar surveys the variety of ways that an overarching interest in form is fueling interdisciplinary research, particularly in projects that track disparate cultural phenomenon across complex landscapes as they manifest in dense, multi-layered arrangements, often fusing financial, aesthetic, and political interests. We will examine the trend towards melding topic areas—such as “media ecology” or using “publics” with collectives of nonhuman life forms—to devise distinct ways of comprehending emergent cultural objects and activities. Media—as it references an array of substances, instruments, or channels—and mediation (in biotechnologies, communication infrastructures, legal practices, and market expansions) will serve as a basic point of orientation for seminar readings and discussion. Other examples of emergent phenomenon will be drawn from current work in science studies, post-human and biodiversity projects, and urban ecologies, which are each held together by an overriding attention to cultural forms of expression and exchange. The seminar will be divided into thirds: the first provides an overarching framework for an attention to form; the second examines a variety of forms (visual, sonic, urban, etc.); the final third focuses on applying these perspectives.

Seminar Dynamics: This initial stage of the seminar will feature a combination of lectures and readings: the first half of each session will primarily be lecture-oriented with a discussion following in the second half. Depending on the pace of discussions we can shift away from lectures entirely as we progress through the semester. A key objective is for participants to apply these analytical approaches, either in relation to their specific areas of research or in a more general manner. The mechanism for doing this will be a series of short, informal essays (3 or 4) in which participants develop sketches of objects, settings, or dynamics via an attention to cultural form.


ANT 393 • Disc-Cent App To Lang And Cul

32139 • Webster, Anthony
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Emerging in the 1980s at the University of Texas at Austin, the discourse-centered approach to language and culture was both a reaction against prevailing and hegemonic views in anthropology (Lévi-Strauss) and linguistics (Chomsky) concerning the locus of languages and culture, as well as a further refining of concerns in the ethnography of speaking and ethnopoetics. It was also an attempt to wed concerns in anthropology, linguistics, folklore and ethnomusicology. It was both a theory of the relationship between language, culture and the individual, as well as a methodological and epistemological approach to the doing of ethnography. This class begins by looking at some of the antecedents to the discourse-centered approach and then turns to some of the early formulations of the discourse-centered approach. The course then goes on to look at variety of ethnographic examples of the discourse-centered approach in ethnomusicology, folklore, linguistics, and linguistic anthropology. Along the way, key distinctions between the ways the discourse-centered approach to language and culture was theorized will be examined. The course concludes by looking at recent work in the discourse-centered approach to language and culture and the on-going relevance of such work.


ANT 394M • Representational Practices

32150 • Strong, Pauline
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM WCP 4.120
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This graduate-level seminar will consider, first, some theories and critiques of representation current in anthropology, Native American and Indigenous Studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and other disciplines. We then will consider a variety of representational practices, especially the representation of collective selves and others in ethnographic narratives, collections, and displays. Among topics to be discussed are the politics and poetics of representation; representation, historical memory, and performance; the relationship of representation to race, colonialism, objectification and appropriation; postmodern and postcolonial forms of representation; and contemporary forms of representation and self-representation. After becoming acquainted with various theories, critiques, and analyses of representation, students will collaborate in an experiment in representation that builds on their own research interests.

This seminar may count towards the graduate portfolios in Native American and Indigenous Studies and Museum Studies, as over 30% of the course content relate to each of these areas.


ANT 394M • Worlding-Wb

32145 • Stewart, Kathleen
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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ANT 432L • Primate Anatomy

32010 • Shapiro, Liza
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WCP 5.172
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An exploration of the relationship between primate anatomical form and function, with emphasis on adaptations to diet and locomotion.  The course is also designed to demonstrate how such information can be applied to the fossil record in order to reconstruct the evolutionary development of primate adaptations.

There is a two hour lab section associated with this class.