1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Summer 2014

 

Archeology

2589

Linguistics

2400

Sociocultural Anthropology

1559, 2230, 2500, 2557, 2620, 3240, 3300 

Beyond the West 

2500, 2589

OTHER MAJOR REQUIRMENTS 

1010


ANTH 1010 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY 

Instructor: Kristin LaHatte
May 19-June 13 
 

ANTH 1559 GREEN ANTHROPOLOGY: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF SUSTAINABILITY 

Instructor: Jack Stoetzel 
June 16-July 11 

Green Anthropology challenges students to apply an anthropological lens to evaluate the barrage of “sustainable” living options available today. Green living has become a pervasive phenomenon throughout popular media outlets typified by how-to lists. Contemporary stresses including global warming, the threat of overpopulation, and increasing soil infertility drive the desire for a sustainable livelihood. This summer course highlights the contributions of anthropology when teasing out the details when sustainable livelihoods clash with personal aspirations for life in the 21st century.
We will explore the following topics during this course:
1. The provenience and genetic make-up of food.
a. Domestication.
b. Local farmers market.
c. Organic, non-organic, GMO.
2. The interplay between “sustainable” architecture and social organization.
a. Personal comfort.
b. Move towards indigenous landscapes.
3. The current state of things in global and local scales.
a. Fossil fuels.
b. Potential issues with modern source material of sustainable energies.
4. Pre-modern and non-Western approaches to sustainable lifestyles.
a. Previous responses to environmental degradation.

ANTH 2230 FANTASY AND SOCIAL VALUES 

Instructor: Erik Stanley 
July 14-August 7 

An examination of imaginary societies, in particular those in science fiction novels, to see how they reflect the problems and tensions of real social life. Attention is given to "alternate cultures" and fictional societal models. A "cultural imaginary" allows us to think carefully about implications of gender, technology, and social existence that we, for very good reasons, are not allowed to experiment upon.

ANTH 2400 LANGUAGE ADN CULTURE  

Instructor: Melissa Maceyko 
June 16--July 11 

This course considers the interplay of language, society, and culture. It does so by exploring the connections that exist between language forms, individual speakers, and socially salient groups in terms of identity, legality, power, and expectation. How do we measure, study, and understand communication and language? How might interpretations of language-use change depending who the speaker is, how they say what they say, and where/when they say it? Readings and discussions will address these questions and the many issues that we encounter every day as we attempt to communicate with others.

ANTH 2500 CULTURES, REGIONS, AND CIVILIZATIONS   

Instructors: Arsalan Khan
May 19-June 13 

ANTH 2557 CULTURE THROUGH FILM 

Instructor: Alessandro Questa 
May 19-June 13 

In this course students will have a direct and sustained engagement with visual forms of communication as tools for understanding and communicating anthropological concepts. Our main goal is to investigate films as deeply situated spaces in the making of reality. The course aims to critically engage cross-cultural representations, colonial and post-colonial representations, as well as fantasy and Sci-fi as modern sources for imagining possible ethnographic descriptions. Rather than approaching films opposing "truth" to "fiction", "art" to "reality", this class will attempt to foster each film as a proposition of the world, pushing an artistic eye toward newly unfolding anthropological concerns. Creativity in course assignments will be highly valued within this setting.

ANTH 2589  PUEBLOAN SW: PAST & PRESENT 

Instructor: Colum Leckey & Rachel Most 
May 19-June 1

ANTH 2620 SEX, GENDER, AND CULTURE 

Instructor: Grace Reynolds 
June 16-July 11 

How do we come to consider ourselves ‘men’ or ‘women’ or ‘transgender’? What do we mean by ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’? And how much does the body determine the ways in which we experience and express ourselves as gendered and sexed persons? This course examines how ideas about sex, gender, and sexuality are culturally constructed through social structures and economic systems, and how cultural, political, and economic structures redefine biological distinctions between women and men. In this course, we will engage with readings and films to help us identify and challenge taken-for-granted notions about sex, gender, and sexuality; we will also learn how to apply theories about ideology and hegemony to better understand how cultural value systems influence people’s understandings of gender and sexuality. We will explore how gender and sexuality are constructed in different cultures. The course will also how sexism, heterosexism, racism, and classism interconnect to create different barriers and challenges for different groups of people. This course is designed to help you develop a critical understanding of issues that surround the intersection of sex, gender, sexuality, and culture, and to connect them to our everyday lives. We will draw on examples from different cultures and different parts of the world to better understand how contemporary notions of gender, sexuality, race, bodies, desire, and identity contribute to the world we live in.

ANTH 3240 THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD 

Instructor: Julie Starr
July 14-August 7 

This course examines the production, distribution, and consumption of food as it is understood and theorized within cultural anthropology. Each week we will explore a particular theme by reading ethnographies, watching films, and discussing the materials in class. We will look at cross-cultural differences of how food and eating are actively involved in (1) creating and maintaining sociality, (2) constructing and reinforcing identity, and (3) in shaping global relations of power and inequalities. We will inquire into how our own role as consumers reinforces certain global food-ways, impacting many people who remain unseen in the process. It is a course that will not only introduce you to other ways of viewing, experiencing, and understanding food but will also explore avenues through which you can be a conscientious food consumer in today’s world.

ANTH 3300  TOURNAMENTS AND ATHLETES 

Instructor: George Mentore 
May 19-June 13 

A cross-cultural study of sport