JoAnn Martin So/An 321;LTST 321
Bolling Center 323 Carpenter 320
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This course explores the intersections of race, power and empire through an examination of the societies formed by Spanish colonial excursions. As the author of the first text that we will read, Michael Taussig's Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man notes, colonial power implied a "politics of interpretation and representation" that has survived into the present day (xiii). In short, colonialism leaned upon a way of creating order, both discursive and non-discursive, that continues to intersect with the anthropological project of cultural interpretation. One goal of this course, therefore, is to examine contemporary anthropological studies of colonialism with an eye toward the reiteration and/or disruption of colonial senses of order. More broadly, the course aims to define what kind of anthropology might bring us beyond colonialism.
The course will be organized as a seminar with emphasis on discussion and reading of key texts in the area. After reading each text, students will write a five- to seven-page, typed double, spaced paper addressing a topic that has emerged as a result of the discussion. Students will write four such papers throughout the semester.
2003 Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft, and Caste in Colonial Mexico. Durham and London: Duke Universith Press.
2004 Modern Inquisitions: Peru and the Colonial Origins of the Civilized World. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
1987 Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A study in terror and healing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
1994 Gods and Vampires: Return to Chipaya. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Week 1 – Introduction
8/24-8/26 Readings: Taussig pp. 3-36.
8/29 - 9/2 Readings: Taussig pp. 37-92;93-135.
9/5-9/9 Readings: Taussig pp. 139-187; 188-241.
9/12-9/16 Readings: Taussig pp. 242-286;287-341.
9/19-9/23 Readings: Taussig pp. 342-434;435-473.
9/26-9/30 Readings: Lewis pp. 1-45.
10/3-10/7 Readings: pp. 46-94; 95-131.
10/10-10/14 Readings: pp. 132-183
10/17-10/21 Readings: Silverblatt pp. 3-53.
10/24-10/28 Readings: Silverblatt pp.57-97; 101-139.
10/31-11/4 Readings: Silverblatt pp 143-185;189-233.
11/7-11/11 Readings: Wachtel pp. 1-29.
11/14-11/18 Readings: Wachtel pp. 30-51;52-71.
Week 14 Fall Break
11/28-12/2 Readings: Wachtel pp. 72-105;106-140.
12/5-12/9 Discussion of Course