AN 316/716 Ethnography of Contemporary Europe

Published: October 23rd, 2014




AN 316/716 Ethnography of Contemporary Europe

Spring 2015

Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-11am


Does Europe have a “problem” with its immigrants?  Or are the immigrants themselves the problem?  Are old forms of racism and xenophobia rearing their heads in the “new” Europe?  Or are contemporary Islamophobia and anti-Semitism new to an “old” Europe?  What and where is Europe anyway?  Is it Christian?  Judeo-Christian?  Secular?  Can it include “Muslim” Turkey?  And what exactly might it mean to be European today?

If these questions interest you, this class is for you.  In it, we will examine how various European identities (national, religious, regional, and racial) are being maintained, challenged, and transformed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  Through close readings of recent European ethnographies about France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, and Bosnia, the class will explore a number of crucial Europe-wide social issues: post-colonial immigration, religious diversity and renewal, the rise of often racist ethno-nationalism, and European (dis)integration.  At the same time, the course will highlight intra-European differences that shape regional and national responses to these issues.

No prerequisites.  Fulfills social science distribution requirement.

AN 397/797 Anthropology and Films: Ways of Seeing

Published: October 23rd, 2014

AN 397/797 Anthropology and Films:  Ways of Seeing

Spring 2015;  Thursday 1 – 4

Prof. Shahla Haeri


AN 397

Is what we see what we get?



Ethnographic film developed from a quest for knowledge of other cultures through visual representation. By way of films and documentaries, this course covers the cinematic representation of different peoples’ traditions, rituals and ways of life.

AN 338 Lucy and Ardi: The Oldest Women

Published: March 15th, 2010

The 3.2 million year (myr) old fossil skeleton “Lucy” discovered in 1974 remains one of the most complete and most important specimens in the human fossil record. A new discovery, “Ardi”, a 4.4 myr old fossil also from Ethiopia has joined Lucy in providing an important window into our evolutionary history. In this course, students will intimately learn about these specific individuals “Lucy” and “Ardi”.

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