This graduate seminar traces the rise of interactions between the disciplines and methods of anthropology and history, and engages critically with various methodological experiments that have brought together the archive and the field in new ways. Particular attention will be devoted to new questions that have arisen in postcolonial contexts that can help us re-evaluate, question, and extend assumptions and methods generated in the worlds metropoles. Readings will survey anthropologists discoveries of history (the concept and critiques of ethnohistory, ethnographies of the archive, colonialism and its forms of knowledge the writing of histories of the present), as well as historians discoveries of anthropology (ritual, symbols, the body,etc.) Although the course will situate recent South Asian scholarship and other postcolonial intellectual work in relation to this new disciplinary formation (asking in particular why work on South Asia has been especially influential within its development), readings will be drawn from a range of geographical and historical contexts and would be useful for students working in other regions. As a methodology seminar the primary goal of this course will be to provide opportunities for students to evaluate and experiment with new approaches to their own research interests and materials.
Section 401 - SEM