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Spring 2016

courSe guide


at tufts


Ten courses distributed as follows:

1. One Gateway (introductory) sociocultural anthropology course

(ANTH 05-39)

2. One Gateway biological anthropology or archaeology course

(ANTH 40-59)

3. ANTH 130 - Anthropological Thought

4. Seven additional Anthropology courses, at least one of which must be an

area-focused course numbered below 160 (gateway or mid-level), and two of which must be upper-level seminars (160-189).

We recommend taking Anthropology 130 in the junior year.

A maximum of two cross-listed courses offered by other Tufts departments may be counted toward the Anthropology major.

Students must achieve a grade of C- or better for a course to count for credit toward the major.


Any full-time faculty member of the department can be your advisor. Try to meet with as many of the faculty members as possible to talk about your own goals and expectations. Select an advisor who seems most attuned to your interests. Pick up and fill out the “Declaration of Major” form from the department and have your new Anthropology advisor sign it. Take the signed form to our Staff Assistant to photocopy for our files. Deliver the signed form to the Student Services Desk in Dowling Hall. You have now officially declared a major and henceforth relevant documents (transcripts, pre-registration packets, etc.) will come to your new advisor.


The same form should be used to declare a second major. Your folder will have to go to your advisors in both departments so have the department make an additional copy for the second department.

Cover Image: Mechanics of Man: A Robot to Teach Physiology // Arthur and Fritz Kahn Collection 1889-1932 Back Image: Artistic rendering of space colony concepts // NASA Ames Research Center, 1970 ANTH 12 Gender in World Cultures spring 2016 courses Jaysane-darr d+ TTh 10:30-11:45 AM ANTH 20 Global Cities Stanton K+ MW 4:30-5:15 pM ANTH 32 Introduction to the Anthropology of Science and Technology Seaver F+ TTh 12:00-1:15 pM ANTH 42 Extreme Environments: Human Adaptability to Novel Habitats Bailey e+ MW 10:30-11:45 AM ANTH 128 Mesoamerican Archaeology CLST: ARCH 128 Sullivan M+ MW 6:00-7:15 pM ANTH 132 Myth, Ritual and Symbol CLST: REL 134 guss K+ MW 4:30-5:15 pM ANTH 137 Language and Culture CLST: LING 137 Sidorkina

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Alex Blanchette | Assistant Professor *on leave 2015-2016* alex.blanchette@tufts.edu | Eaton Hall Room 309 Ecology, labor, green capitalism, posthumanist theory, biotechnology, animals; modernity, alienation, determination; food politics, industrial agriculture, U.S.

Tatiana Chudakova | Assistant Professor *on leave 2015-2016* tatiana.chudakova@tufts.edu Medical anthropology, science and technology, environment, ethnicity and indigeneity, nationalism, post-socialism; Russia; North Asia.

David Guss | Professor david.guss@tufts.edu | Eaton Hall Room 305 Urban and aesthetic anthropology, theory, cultural performance, myth and ritual, popular culture, placemaking, Latin America Deborah Pacini Hernandez | Professor, Emeritus deborah.pacini@tufts.edu Comparative Latino studies, racial and ethnic identity, popular music, globalization, transnationalism, Latino community studies Sarah Pinto | Associate Professor sarah.pinto@tufts.edu | Eaton Hall Room 308 Medical anthropology, gender, reproduction, social and feminist theory, caste, political subjectivity, India, U.S.

Nick Seaver | Assistant Professor nick.seaver@tufts.edu | Eaton Hall Room 311A Computing and algorithms, sound and music, knowledge and attention, taste and classification, media technologies, science and technology studies Rosalind Shaw | Associate Professor | Chair rosalind.shaw@tufts.edu | Eaton Hall Room 311B Transnational justice, the anthropology of mass violence, local and transnational practices of redress and social repair, child and youth combatants, social memory, Atlantic slave trade, ritual and religion, West Africa, Sierra Leone Cathy Stanton | Senior Lecturer cathy.stanton@tufts.edu | Eaton Hall Room 309 Tourism, museums, myth and ritual, cultural performance, culture-led redevelopment, mobilities, farm history/heritage Lauren Sullivan | Lecturer lauren.sullivan@umb.edu | Eaton Hall Room 303 Mesoamerican archaeology, Mayan archaeology, the rise and fall of complex societies, prehistory of the American Southwest, Paleoindians of North America, human evolution, cultural anthropology, ceramic analysis, Belize course descriptions ANTH 12 Gender in World Cultures Anna Jaysane-darr d+ TTh 10:30-11:45 AM In this course, we will examine the ways individuals and societies imagine, experience, impose and challenge gender and sexuality systems in a diversity of socio-cultural settings.

Specific concepts to be addressed include the place of the body and biology in theories of sex and gender; cross-cultural ideas of masculinity; gender and the division of labor in the global economy; the complex relationship between sexual and gendered identities;

perspectives on queer sexualities and transgenders cross-culturally; and gendered forms of violence. This course counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement and the World Civilization requirement.

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This course introduces students to the sociocultural study of science and technology. Popular understandings of science and technology suggest that they work independently from their social and cultural contexts; this course surveys work demonstrating the various ways that this is untrue.

Texts will be drawn from across the history of anthropology and from science and technology studies.

We will cover major theories about the relationship between science, Photo credit: Peyri Herrera/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0) technology, society and culture such as technological determinism and social construction. We will investigate how facts are made and how sociocultural contexts shape technologies, from Papuan eel traps to music recommender systems. Potential topics include the relationship between magic, technology, science, and religion; how Western science has and has not recognized “other knowledges” from around the world; cyborg feminism; the rituals of laboratory science; genetics and new kinship studies; and the social life of algorithms. This course counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement and the new Science, Technology, and Society major.

ANTH 42 Extreme Environments: Human Adaptability to Novel Habitats Stephen Bailey E+ MW 10:30-11:45 AM

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This course is an introduction to the archaeology of the pre-Columbian cultures of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The cultures of Mesoamerica have been studied since the Spanish arrived and this course will examine the history of archaeological research in the region as well as the latest finds and interpretations. The Olmec, the Maya, the Zapotec, and the Aztec will be studied through artifacts, architecture, murals, inscribed monuments, hieroglyphs, and codices. We will begin the semester by examining the transition from hunting and gathering to early agriculture and the origins of village life across the region. The focus will then turn to the development of social complexity and the emergence of elites examining their use of ritual and religion in creating and maintaining social inequality. After discussing the rise of the state and the various structures associated with state level society (e.g., political organization, subsistence strategies, different levels of social hierarchies), we will turn to culture collapse and assess some of the latest theories on why/ how these great societies declined. This course counts toward the Social Sciences or Arts distribution requirement, the World Civilization requirement, and the Native American Culture and Hispanic Cultures & Diasporas culture options.

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This course will introduce students to the study of the intersections of language, culture and power.

We will examine a number of interrelated questions: for example, how does intra-language difference (e.g. ways of speaking particular to sub-groups of people) and inter-language diversity (e.g. the historical and geographic distribution of languages) relate to political, ethnic, economic, gender, and cultural differences? What do we mean by ‘meaning,’ and how is meaning essential to being human?

How does linguistic structure (e.g., grammar) relate to language use (e.g., what ends people use language as a means for) and linguistic ideology (e.g. speakers’ understandings of their own usage)? Discussion focuses on specific case studies and ethnographic examples.

Throughout the course we will collect transcript data from public, online interactions to illustrate the theories we will be engaging with in lecture and discussion. Some specific questions we will consider include: Why do we learn to discriminate between “better” and “worse” speech? How do ways of talking differ along gender lines, and what are the implications of this difference for thinking about gender as a received social category? How do hierarchies of language articulate with hierarchies of people categorized by race, ethnicity and social class? This course counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement.

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ANTH 149-32 Indigeneity & Techno-politics* Tom Özden-Schilling J+ TTh 3:00-4:15 pM How have biodiversity protection measures, cultural heritage NGOs, genomic science, and transnational media altered the lives of Indigenous groups in North America in the twenty-first century? Who gets to count as an “Indigenous expert,” anyway? This course will introduce students to a growing body of literature at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and the cultural anthropology of contemporary Indigenous politics and experience. Focusing on late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century developments in Canada and the United States, we will explore the historical contexts behind new contests over resource rights, land claims, and environmental disputes, as well as the evolution of new spaces and technologies of Indigenous politics. Readings will survey debates over the status of Indigenous knowledges in legal and academic venues;

the embedding of market capitalism within other systems of value; political strategies of environmental and cultural ‘Natural Resource Management’, Bunky Echo-Hawk (2006) conservation; and new experiments in Indigenous-scientific collaborative governance. This course counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement and the Anthropology area course requirement.

ANTH 149-33 Forensic Anthropology Sarah Kiley Schoff L+ TTh 4:30-5:45 pM Prerequisites: Sophomore standing

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This course brings an anthropological perspective to the study of East Africa through a diverse examination of social history and contemporary life in the region and some of its diasporic groups. The goal of this course is to scrutinize the experience and legacy of colonialism, war, and displacement in the East African region and, in doing so, upend existing perceptions of “modernity,” “development,” and “Africa.” Units in the course include the impact of perpetual war; indigeneity and ethnicity; development projects; and cultural productions. This course counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement and the Anthropology area course requirement.

ANTH 149-35 Representing Environments Tom Özden-Schilling n+ TTh 6:00-7:15 pM

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Detailed examination of the human evolutionary record from Australopithecus through contemporary populations. Emphasis on theory and the analysis of functional morphology. Particular problems are stressed, including the interplay of early social organization, ecological systems, and bipedalism; origins of modern human populations; the impact of technology and language on cognitive evolution, and the coevolution of immune responses and pathogens. This course Photo credit: Brent Danley/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) counts toward the Natural Sciences distribution requirement.

ANTH 164 Media, the State & the Senses Amahl Bishara 6+ T 1:20-4:20 pM Prerequisites: Sophomore standing

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ANTH 176 Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology Sarah pinto 8 Th 1:30-4:00 pM Prerequisites: Medical Anthropology (ANTH 148) or instructor permission This course examines advanced concepts in medical anthropology, using ethnographic texts beyond the introductory level to explore new directions in theory. This semester, we will focus on new ethnographic writing in medical anthropology, with a focus on ethnographies addressing subjectivity and bodily life and practice. This course counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement.

ANTH 186 Place and Placemaking david guss & cathy Stanton 5 M 1:30-4:00 pM Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor permission

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