I craft my classes in a way that puts authors, artists, and community leaders from many different backgrounds and experiences into conversation with each other. I also design interactive workshops as part of my classes. This way, students engage both their minds and hands as part of a larger community of learners.
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Introduction to Social and Cultural Theory
CMLife Code: 50045
This seminar offers an in-depth introduction to cultural and social theory that were and are formative to anthropological research. We focus on the historical contexts out of which theory arises (e.g., structuralism; feminism, Marxism, poststructuralism; postcolonial theory, posthumanism, etc.), debates about their utility and limitations, and the creation of new theory out of contemporary circumstances. We not only examine knowledge genealogies and theoretical influences but also critically examine the "canon". Co-taught with Lucilla Lepratti.
Social and Cultural Anthropology in African Studies
CMLife Code: 50555
This seminar is an introduction to the role that Africa continues to play in the making and re-making of Anthropology as a discipline. We read and critically examine ethnographies of African lifeways, societies, institutions, cultural practices, beliefs, languages, and political economy, and ask how they have contributed to knowledge production in and about the continent. We critically engage with works by both African and non-African writers and anthropologists. Finally, we reflect on the possibility that anthropology offers in ongoing efforts to reconfigure and reimagine African studies. We address the following questions, among others:
What is the relationship between anthropology and the imagination of Africa?
How does anthropology as a discipline approach the study of social, political, and environmental change in Africa?
How does anthropology as a discipline approach the study of (de)colonialism, governance, tradition/modernity, development, urbanization, gender/sexuality, and science and technology in Africa?
How is anthropological fieldwork related to movements and histories of anti(colonialism) and (anti)racism?