Spring 2023 Anthropology GR6227 section 001

Ethnographies at the End of the World

Ethnographies at the End

Call Number 12286
Day & Time
R 2:10pm-4:00pm
963 EXT Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Juan C Mazariegos
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

What can we learn from anthropological and ethnographic research in and about a damaged world, a world confronted by the violence and effects of war, climate change, transnational migration, post-industrial abandonment, and the lives and afterlives of colonialism and slavery? What are the ethnographic debates that address the catastrophes produced by capitalism and the lifeforms that emerge out of its ruins? What types of anthropological critique emerge in times enunciated as ‘the end of the world’? And what comes after this end? Ethnographies at the End of the World addresses these questions by paying close attention to some of the most relevant debates in contemporary anthropological theory and anthropological critique. These debates include, among others, discussions on violence and trauma, the politics of life and death, the work of memory and oblivion, and the material entanglements between human and non-human forms of existence. The aim of this seminar is to generate a discussion around the multiple implications of these theoretical arrangements and how anthropologists deploy them in their ethnographic understandings of the world we live in. In doing so, this course provides students with a fundamental understanding and conceptual knowledge about how anthropologists use and produce theory, and how this theoretical production is mobilized as a social critique. This course is reading intensive and operates in the form of a seminar. It is intended, primarily, for MA students in the department of anthropology and graduate students in other departments.

Web Site Vergil
Department Anthropology
Enrollment 14 students (20 max) as of 5:07PM Saturday, December 2, 2023
Subject Anthropology
Number GR6227
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Priority given to ANTH MAs. Other grads w/ permission
Section key 20231ANTH6227G001