Graduate Seminar in Cultural Anthropology


This course will examine how poststructuralist ideas of governmentality, discipline, and power/knowledge have been applied to analyze how ecological and landscape management have become increasingly strategic to political sovereignty and legitimacy in the global era. We will explore the social dialectics of power and resistance in the midst of ongoing processes of globalization, including the rise of transnational environmental movements, neoliberal partnerships and the growing importance of transnational collaborations in environmental governance. The course draws on recent developments in critical social theory, political sociology, cultural geography, development studies and environmental history to critically engage a series of ethnographic cases. We will consider the relevance of anthropological methods to understanding emergent landscapes of power/knowledge, and study how these methods are evolving to engage global contexts.

This course will be conducted as a seminar:  work will be focused mainly on independent reading and writing, supported by class discussions. Students will be encouraged to think on their feet and find their own paths through a set of challenging but significant pieces in contemporary anthropology and social theory. Assessment will emphasize preparation, participation in open debate, and perceptive critical engagement as demonstrated in both oral and written work. Students will develop individual essay projects focusing upon a case study based on ethnographic sources.

Students enrolled in a graduate anthropology program at UWM have first priority to be allowed into this course. However, this syllabus is developed with interdisciplinary conversations in mind, and students from other programs will be very welcome to participate. We anticipate that space will be available.

Dr. Tracey Heatherington

Spring 2010

Monday evenings 5:30-8:10pm

Sabin Hall 281


Above right to left:

Painting by Francesco Pili recalling the streets of Orgosolo; Photograph of a domus de janus on the Orgosolo territory (1996); Photograph of the commons of Orgosolo (1997)

photos by T. Heatherington

Syllabus & Text by

T. Heatherington 2009

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