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    • Courses in the Department of Anthropology explore the entwined concepts of “knowing that” and “knowing how.” All courses in the department follow one of two tracks. The “Perspectives” track examines different viewpoints on the subject of anthropological research. The “Practices” track trains students in ethnographic fieldwork and other research methods.

      Please consult the New School Course Catalog for a full list of courses. Spring 2020 Anthropology courses include:

      • The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure, GANT 5520
        Emma Park, Assistant Professor of History

        Infrastructure —from road networks to electricity grids — are often regarded as the invisible background of social life. In this framing, networked infrastructures are the apolitical substratum of modernity itself. In this course, by contrast, we explore infrastructures as complex assemblages of power and politics. In the first half of the course, we begin by reviewing now-classic texts on infrastructure from the humanities and social sciences. The second half of the course will be devoted to setting these ideas and theorizations in motion by tracking the infrastructural politics that have animated social, political, and economic life in the Global South. Drawing these literatures together, we will query how starting a discussion of infrastructure from these other geographies has opened up new questions about the materiality of politics, power, and the making of subjectivities. Drawing on literature and history, science and technology studies (STS), anthropology, and geography, we analyze the complex and unexpected ways in which infrastructures have been mobilized as vectors of power, objects of political concern, and subjects of poetic meaning making.

      • The Death Seminar, GANT 6217
        Abou Farman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

      • Climate Crisis, Cities, Migration, GANT 6219
        Achilles Kallergis, Part-Time Faculty

        Climate change and urbanization are parallel global transformations shaping current and future migration patterns in the Anthropocene era. These intertwined processes will continue to influence human mobility flows toward cities. It is projected that the poorest and most vulnerable urban areas constitute the climate in- and out-migration hotspots that will experience the most profound population changes. The objective of the course is to offer a global perspective on the phenomenon of climate-induced migration to cities and its effect on human mobility and urbanization patterns. We review research at the intersection of environmental, migration and urban studies and discuss the role of cities as spaces of interaction between society and the environment. We also examine formal and informal urban governance systems that respond to climate-related challenges and contribute to accommodating and integrating climate migrants. Particular attention will be given to climate migrants' experiences of environmental marginality and their responses occurring through informal livelihood strategies. The main deliverable for the course is a case study exploring and analyzing particular aspects of human mobility and climate-induced migration in a city chosen by each student. The student case studies will be compiled in an online publication that highlights the diversity of challenges and responses to climate-induced migration into cities.

      • Ethnography and Writing, GANT 6310
        Hugh Raffles, Professor of Anthropology

        This seminar explores some of the modes of writing available to anthropologists. It focuses on ethnography as a genre and on some of the more intriguing attempts to locate its borders. Materials include a wide range of relevant writings, both fiction and nonfiction. Students develop extended written projects that route their own topical interests and prior research through the preoccupations of the course. Registration for this course requires instructor approval.

      • Data Artifacts, Infrastructures, Landscapes, GANT 6337
        Shannon Mattern, Professor of Anthropology

        Data fuel our economies and political systems, but they also shape our cultural and material worlds, inscribing themselves into our apps and architectures, our labor practices and logistical systems. We can observe how data logics, politics, and epistemologies are designed into and made manifest at sites like factory farms and fulfillment centers, prisons and hospitals, archives and ports, borders and mines, smart cities and Whole Foods. In this course, we select a few test sites where we can explore how “datalogical designs” scale up and down, from software interfaces to master plans — and we propose methodologies for reverse-engineering “blackboxed” algorithmic logics through these material artifacts and architectures. Our work will be informed by a widely interdisciplinary body of literature, ranging from anthropology to geography to information and media studies. Depending upon the availability of time, we may take a few field trips and/or conduct short-term collaborative fieldwork at a single test site. Students will be able to develop mini-ethnographies of artifacts and landscapes of their choice. Instructor permission is required to register for this course.

      • PhD Proseminar III: Grant Writing, GANT 7007
        Lawrence Hirschfeld, Professor of Anthropology and Psychology

        This seminar is a practical course in grant writing. It has three goals: to help you clarify and present your research project, to help you develop an understanding of grant proposals as process and genre, and to increase your chances of obtaining funding.
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