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Spring 2016

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
CULANTH 80S
Studies-special Topics Miller, Alyssa 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 106

Course Description

Opportunities for first-year students to engage with a specific issue in cultural anthropology, with emphasis on student writing. Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 80S
Studies-special Topics Miller, Alyssa 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 106

Course Description

Opportunities for first-year students to engage with a specific issue in cultural anthropology, with emphasis on student writing. Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Byerly, Ingrid 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Donald, Roderick 02 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Parish, Erin 03 MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Aidoo, Lamonte 04 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Bell Dorm 113

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 101
Intro To Cultural Anthro Starn, Orin 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM White 107

Course Description

Theoretical approaches to analyzing cultural beliefs and practices cross-culturally; application of specific approaches to case material from present and/or past cultures. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 104D
Introduction To Human Rights Kirk, Robin 001 Tu 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs 271

Course Description

This course introduces students to the field of human rights. The course has two primary purposes: to define and explore the key terms, concepts, foundations and theories of human rights; and examine alternative or competing definitions of rights using a case-based approach. This approach will include critiques of human rights, including from conservatives, nationalist and non-western thinkers. This design insures that students will see the connections between key rights ideas, like individual vs. collective rights, Western origins of rights concepts, humanitarian challenges, rights in the arts and visual culture and rights practice. Instructor: Kirk
CULANTH 104D
Introduction To Human Rights Kirk, Robin 01D Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs 271

Course Description

This course introduces students to the field of human rights. The course has two primary purposes: to define and explore the key terms, concepts, foundations and theories of human rights; and examine alternative or competing definitions of rights using a case-based approach. This approach will include critiques of human rights, including from conservatives, nationalist and non-western thinkers. This design insures that students will see the connections between key rights ideas, like individual vs. collective rights, Western origins of rights concepts, humanitarian challenges, rights in the arts and visual culture and rights practice. Instructor: Kirk
CULANTH 104D
Introduction To Human Rights Kirk, Robin 02D Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs 101

Course Description

This course introduces students to the field of human rights. The course has two primary purposes: to define and explore the key terms, concepts, foundations and theories of human rights; and examine alternative or competing definitions of rights using a case-based approach. This approach will include critiques of human rights, including from conservatives, nationalist and non-western thinkers. This design insures that students will see the connections between key rights ideas, like individual vs. collective rights, Western origins of rights concepts, humanitarian challenges, rights in the arts and visual culture and rights practice. Instructor: Kirk
CULANTH 105
Intro To African Studies Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Old Chem 116

Course Description

A range of disciplinary perspectives on key topics in contemporary African Studies: nationalism and pan-Africanism, imperialism and colonialism, genocide and famine, development and democratization, art and music, age and gender. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 106S
Doc Exper: A Video Appr Hawkins, Gary 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Bridges 104

Course Description

A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. Working closely with these groups, students explore issues or topics of concern to the community. Students complete an edited video as their final project. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 105S. Instructor: Hawkins
CULANTH 130
Anthropology And Film Litzinger, Ralph 01 Th 07:30 PM-10:30 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

The study of feature films and documentaries on issues of colonialism, imperialism, war and peace, and cultural interaction. An introduction to critical film theory and film production in non-Western countries. Instructor: Litzinger or O'Barr
CULANTH 133S
African Mbira Music Berliner, Paul 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Biddle 101

Course Description

Building and performing one of Africa's most popular musical instruments, the mbira (a kalimba or "finger piano"). Ethnomusicological readings on the instrument's history, role in society, and meaning for musicians. Analysis of musical examples; learning the mbira's repertory and mastering skills common to many forms of African music, including performance of polyrhythms, responsive integration of instrumental and vocal patters, and formulation of unique renditions of pieces through improvisation. Weekly class labs. Course requires no prior experience with music or woodworking. Instructor: Berliner
CULANTH 137
Music/social Life/scenes Byerly, Ingrid 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Biddle 102

Course Description

Study of musical styles and performance practices in relation to issues of identity and other aspects of social life; focus on the diverse local musical scenes and traditions and on learning through doing original fieldwork. Instructor: Byerly or Meintjes
CULANTH 190S
Topics In Cul. Anthropology Issacharoff, Jess 02 MF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Topics vary each semester. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 195
Comp Appr Global Issues Namakkal, Jessica 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:40 PM East Duke 209

Course Description

Introduction to critical transnational studies through several disciplinary approaches. Examines capitalism and neo-liberal globalization and their relationships to culture, politics, economics, and other social forms and outcomes; considers transnationalism "from below"; addresses linear and Western-centric thinking about progress and modernity; focuses a historical lens on political discourses, institutions, and projects to understand them contextually; demonstrates how cultures and identities are dynamically constituted in interaction with historical, material, political, and situational factors; considers how different inequalities and contestations inflect most social formations. Instructor: Namakkal or Mathers
CULANTH 201
Intro To Linguistics Price, Gareth 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Languages 211

Course Description

Introduction to the scientific study of linguistics and languages. Topics include the origin and nature of language, methods of historical and comparative linguistics, theories and schools of linguistics, empirical and descriptive approaches to the study of language, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. Instructor: Butters or Tetel
CULANTH 202
Languages Of The World Baran, Dominika 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

The major languages of the world viewed in the context of the communicative and significate functions of language as parameters that shape and define society. The role of language in defining and structuring culturally-based relationships from a semiotic point of view. The structure, writing systems, phonology, morphology, and lexicon of languages from the following groups: Indo-European, Semitic, Turkic, Finno-Ugric, Caucasian, Afroasiatic, Sino-Tibetan, Niger-Kordofanian, Dravidian, and Native American languages. Instructor: Andrews or Tetel
CULANTH 205
The Law And Language Newcity, Michael 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Languages 320

Course Description

Intersections of language and law and legal institutions examined from a comparative approach, i.e., official state language and national identity; freedom of speech and its limitations; language as property
CULANTH 207
Anthropology Of Sports Starn, Orin 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The role of sports in different cultures in the contemporary world. Dynamics of race, gender, sexuality, fantasy and desire, mythmaking and the culture of celebrity, commercial and mass media. Instructor: Starn
CULANTH 210
Global Culture Lutfi, Ameem 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 114

Course Description

Globalization examined through some of its dominant cultural forms the marketing of pop music, the globalization of TV culture, the spread of markets and commodities, the export of political ideologies. Special focus given to the way in which these forms both affect and are transformed by local cultures in Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 216S
Global Migration & Ethics Shanahan, Suzanne 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM West Duke 107F

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 216 except in seminar format. Instructor: McIntosh
CULANTH 219S
Intro To Performance Studies Rogers, Bradley 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Page 106

Course Description

Introduction to field of performance studies, with examples drawn from music, dance, theatre, performance art, protests, rituals, and everyday life. Through comparative study of global performance, we explore the usefulness of concepts of ritual, play, and performativity as they relate to performance and technology; intercultural performance and implications and ethics of appropriation and borrowing; originality and imitation; archive and repertoire; performative writing; and the performative dimensions of gender, race, and sexuality. Instructor: Rogers
CULANTH 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 001 F 04:40 PM-06:10 PM Smith Wrhs B189

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
CULANTH 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 01L MW 04:40 PM-06:10 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
CULANTH 222S
Sound In Social Life Meintjes, Louise 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM White 201

Course Description

Considers sonic environments as socially cultivated and sound production (recording, processing, mixing) and listening as cultural practices, shaped by acoustic space. Includes study of music, recorded soundscapes (films, games, installations, field recordings), built and ecological environments (rainforests, cities, institutions), and the history and use of sound technology (sound production, reproduction, reception, acoustic materials). Instructor: Meinjtes
CULANTH 232
Gender And Language Andrews, Edna 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Languages 320

Course Description

Theoretical approaches to the question of the interrelationship of gender and language including neurobiology, psychology, semiotics, feminist critical theory, philosophy of language, discourse analysis, and linguistic theory. Taught in English. Instructor: Andrews
CULANTH 234S
Anthropology And Education Airall, Zoila 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Physics 299

Course Description

Exploration of different conceptions of culture and the importance of employing cultural lenses to examine the process of education. Investigation, in particular, of the impact of culture and issues of race, class and gender in American schools. Instructor: Airall
CULANTH 236S
Farmworkers In Nc: Poverty Sims, Christopher 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 201

Course Description

Focus on those who bring food to our tables, particularly those who labor in the fields of North Carolina and the Southeast. Students will learn about farm work from the plantation system and slavery to sharecropping and up to the migrant and seasonal farmworker population today. Study and analysis of media representations of farmworkers and agricultural issues as well as historical and contemporary documentary work and its contributions to farmworker advocacy. Includes a service-learning component involving work in the community. Instructor: Thompson or Sims
CULANTH 245S
Human Rights In The Americas Kirk, Robin 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 085

Course Description

This course introduces students to the history of human rights in Latin America, with a focus on certain regions. We will begin with the Conquest and cover the emergence of independent nation-states; the role of imposed economic policies, including neoliberalism; indigenous protest movements and their relationships to corporate interests; and the influence of the United States on human rights, government formation, immigration and the drug trade. Instructor consent required. Open only to students in the Duke Immerse program. Instructor: Kirk
CULANTH 250
Muslim World Yolacan, Serkan 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The diversity of social practices within the community of Islam. Particular emphasis on gender relations, religious movements, diaspora communities, and social change. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 250
Muslim World Yolacan, Serkan 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The diversity of social practices within the community of Islam. Particular emphasis on gender relations, religious movements, diaspora communities, and social change. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 254
The Am Nelson, Diane 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Crowell 108

Course Description

Américas borderlands refers to the intersection of North and Latin America through the movement of people, products, ideas, and technologies with focus on culture and agri-culture, including the production of food and pharmaceuticals-legal and illegal; explores dirt as concept of matter out of place and people without place and how sustenance can become poison; examines histories of Latin American bodies as "terrain" for US-based scientific experiments. Instructor: Nelson
CULANTH 257
Islamic Civilization Ii Safi, Omid 01 Th 04:55 PM-07:45 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Continuation of Religion 375. Instructor: Hassan or staff
CULANTH 273
The Middle East Through Film Kipervaser, Anna 01 W 06:15 PM-09:15 PM Carr 103

Course Description

Film as access into the region through a series of direct as well as poetic connections woven across films viewed, filmmakers featured, lectures, discussions, and texts read. By means of the integration of course components and students weekly responses, an understanding of the region is developed by way of inquiry into and rigorous engagement with cultural production. From feature length films to shorts, the breadth of the work we will engage with includes documentaries, dramas, and less traditional forms. A substantial midterm paper, and a final project to be in the form of one of three potential possibilities subject to approval of proposal: a paper, a talk, a short film. Instructor: Kipervaser
CULANTH 290
Current Issues (topics) Yoltar -Durukan, Cagri 02 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Crowell 108

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Lau, Barbara A 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 201

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Marrun, Norma 03 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Lamothe, Mario 04 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Carr 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Grosz, Elizabeth 05 M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM White 201

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 301
Theoretical Foundations Folch, Christine 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Major schools and theories of cultural anthropology. Open to seniors and juniors. Sophomores by permission only. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 302
Fieldwork Methods Litzinger, Ralph 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 240

Course Description

Anthropology as a discipline (a field of study) and the site where anthropologists work: the field. Combines theories of anthropological fieldwork methods with practice, including participation, observation, and interviews. Students undertake original research in a local fieldsite of their choice and produce their own mini-ethnography. This requirement may also be satisfied by taking Cultural Anthropology 290A Duke in Ghana Anthropological Field Research. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 322
Modern Caribbean Dubois, Laurent 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Focus on the Caribbean region as it transitioned from a collection of slave and colonial societies into a region of postcolonial and independent nations. Topics may include: postemancipation political and cultural struggles, pan-Africanism and Rastafarianism, nationalist and anticolonial movements, American economic and political influence in the region, Caribbean emigration to Europe and the United States, and global spread of Caribbean culture. Instructors: L. Dubois or Gaspar
CULANTH 335
History Of Hip-hop Neal, Mark 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM White 107

Course Description

What began as a localized activity designed to provide a safe haven for Black and Latino youth in New York City, has become a global brand that has had a documented impact on the cultural, political and economic realities of youth throughout the globe. This course will examine the organic social and cultural foundations of Hip-Hop, as well as the key aesthetic innovators/innovations, and the debates that have arisen over Hip-hop's increased influence. Instructor: Neal
CULANTH 341
Life And Death Allison, Anne 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 204B

Course Description

Anthropological investigation of customs, practices, and beliefs that get activated when people (and other living beings) die. What constitutes life as in when does it start, what determines well-being, how is it measured; and what constitutes death as in a good versus bad death, by what medical definition, and according to what rituals and beliefs. Comparative inquiry into such questions as why brain-death is not accepted in some cultures and why people in some places prefer to die rather than live after an amputation. Topics will include organ transplants, gang warfare, cancer, and warzones from China and Botswana to Mexico and the United States. Instructor: Allison
CULANTH 342
Migration & Human Trafficking Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Carr 114

Course Description

Examination of the meaning of migration in the global world through cross-disciplinary texts and visual media. Situates the phenomenon of human trafficking within the context of these general movements focusing on the risks involved when people endanger their lives to find a better and more strategic position in the world. Explores how these experiences should be interpreted, and how processes and the politics of race, space and place are a condition and/or outcome of these movements. Investigates and considers ways to resolve some of the problems associated with such movements. Instructor: Crichlow
CULANTH 365S
The World Of Japanese Pop Cult Ching, Leo 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 137

Course Description

An examination of modern Japanese culture through a variety of media including literary texts, cultural representations, and films. Different material each year. Instructor: Ching
CULANTH 367S
Mayas, Aztecs, And Incas Mignolo, Walter 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Instructor: Mignolo
CULANTH 424-1
Medical Anthropology Wesolowski, Katya 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 108

Course Description

Cross-cultural study of health and illness. Instructor: Solomon
CULANTH 424K
Medical Anthropology Burns, Allan 01 WTh 10:00 AM-12:30 PM DKUA 3107

Course Description

Cross cultural experiences and understanding of health and illness, the body and non-biological aspects of medicine. Culture-specific sickness (like envidia, running amok, attention deficit disorder). Class, race, and gender inflected experiences of health. Various societies' organization of health care specialists, including biomedical doctors, voudon priestesses, and shamans. Taught at Duke Kunshan University. Instructor: Burns
CULANTH 434S
Cultures Of New Media Stein, Rebecca 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Anthropological look at 'new media' - their varied forms and histories, how they are used and understood, and their meanings and effects within different communities of users. Charts a number of technologies deemed 'new' in their day and the social meanings and communities that such technologies generated. Explores new media in domains of art and literature, as well as issues of race, gender, sexuality and how other indices of difference come to bear on new media and its use. Grounded in anthropology, readings will also draw on media studies, visual studies, cultural studies and critical theory, queer and gender theory, history and geography. Instructor: Stein
CULANTH 495S
Cap Sem: Latinos Global South Lebron, Marisol 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Crowell 108

Course Description

Required for students seeking the certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. Provides students with the opportunity to synthesize theories and methodologies in Latino/a Studies taken in previous coursework and to critically reflect on content related to the Latino/a world, especially about latinidad in local and global contexts. Utilizes texts of a rigorous and probing nature in relation to individual research projects. Open to juniors and seniors who have previously taken Latino/a Studies in the Global South 101S: Introduction to Latino/a Studies in the Global South. Instructor: Viego
CULANTH 499S
Senior Distinction Seminar Silverblatt, Irene 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:05 PM Friedl Bdg 118

Course Description

Continuation of Cultural Anthropology 498S, and required for credit for 498S. Consent of director of undergraduate studies required. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 502S
The University As A Culture Matory, J. 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

The US American university generates some of the most influential ideas and policies on the planet. It is the product of culture-specific ideas and aspirations, as well as a long history of selective social exclusion, inclusion, and transformation. Yet most of us take for granted the culture-specific forms of reasoning, discourses, political loyalties, administrative practices, social relationships, and financial flows that constitute it. Through theoretical, historical, ethnographic, statistical, policy-oriented, novelistic, and journalistic accounts, we will de-naturalize and historicize the power/knowledge that not only forms us but also, in many ways, rules the world. Instructor: Matory
CULANTH 565S
World Of Jpn Pop Ching, Leo 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 137

Course Description

An examination of modern Japanese culture through a variety of media including literary texts, cultural representations, and films. Different material each year; may be repeated for credit. (Same as Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 365 but requires extra assignments.) Instructor: Ching
CULANTH 569
Sickle Cell Disease Tanabe, Paula 01 F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Nursing 1009

Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of sickle cell disease, including its genetics, epidemiology, pathophysiology, medical complications, psychosocial challenges, and health service utilization from a global perspective. Students will engage in an exploration of the role of discrimination and stigmatization as they affect people with sickle cell disease, as well as differences in how the disease is viewed and managed in various countries. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 590S
Seminar Selected Topics Mignolo, Walter 01 M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 590 except instruction provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 610S
Africa, Cuba, Brazil Matory, J. 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Explores shared cultural history of three great populations separated by oceans but linked by slave trade. Course will offer lively, mutually transformative dialogue in religion, music, and political ideas. This case study in the Africanization of the Americas and the Americanization of Africa challenges a range of conventional assumptions about transnationalism, race, class, gender, and their artistic expression. Instructor: Matory
CULANTH 660
Health In The African Diaspora Royal, Charmaine 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Physics 047

Course Description

Exposes and explores the individual and joint contributions of biological and non-biological factors to health and wellbeing in peoples from various regions and countries of the African Diaspora. The course draws on a variety of disciplines, modes of inquiry, and health problems in comparative analyses of genetic, historical, political, and sociocultural dimensions of the African Diaspora. The content of the course is not limited to the transatlantic African Diaspora, includes other African Diaspora streams. Instructor: Royal
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