New Courses Spring 2018

Anthro 290A    ST: Anatomy of the Human Body
Description: The Anatomy of the Human Body is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of human gross anatomy from embryological, functional and evolutionary perspectives.  The course is divided into 4 Units (Thorax and Abdomen, Back and Upper Limb, Pelvis and Lower Limb, Head and Neck), each of which covers specific anatomical regions and introduces the major systems of the human body. Each unit will integrate anatomy with evolutionary and functional approaches on various aspects of anatomical complexes specific to that unit (e.g. Lower limb anatomy and bipedal locomotion, larynx and evolution of language, pelvis and evolution of rotational birth).

This course is targeted at students who aim to pursue health-related professions (medical/dental graduate programs, nursing, PT/OT, PA, etc?), anthropology majors who want to build a solid background in human evolutionary anatomy into their training, as a component of the anthropology? The Human Body? and Evolutionary Anthropology tracks, and the Culture, Health, and Science program.
Instructor: Brigitte Holt  TuTh  10:00-11:15 am  (4 credits) and  (must enroll in a Lab section concurrently. Lab times are Tu, W, or Thu from 3-5 pm)

Anthro 397EC  ST: Building Solidarity Economies
Description: How can we learn to live well together? Is there life after capitalism? Come learn from and work with communities, organizations, and activists who are providing concrete answers to these questions!

Massachusetts is replete with economic experimentation, organizing, and transformation. Community groups and networks of organizers, activists, and developers coalesce around efforts to create cooperative, democratic, and socially just ways of being in the world involving "alternative" economies: things like cooperatives, land-trusts, community-owned finance, fair trade networks, and so on. These projects are both grounded in local communities and linked into global networks including the solidarity economies movement aimed at creating economies that put people and planet before profit.

This class will work with two solidarity economy networks in Massachusetts. Our aim is to do work—a combination of engaged service, research, and community dialogues—that helps to perform, inform, and strengthen local efforts and the solidarity economy movement more broadly. We approach this work from the perspective of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR); a research process in which communities guide the work at hand.

In addition to the collaborative projects, our research will be supported with class readings and discussions, reflection exercises, and final papers. In the first portion of the class, we will familiarize ourselves with the history of the Solidarity Economy movement in Latin America, Europe, Canada, and more recent developments in the United States. We read case studies of Solidarity Economy efforts in order to better understand the politics and theoretical frames underpinning and giving rise to economic possibility. We then turn to Massachusetts in particular, focusing on the contemporary conditions surrounding the organizations and initiatives that we will be working with. During the second half of the semester, we work closely with community activists and organizations on shared projects that can advance their/our work and solidarity economies scholarship. Throughout this process, students will also have the opportunity to learn and practice qualitative methods that support the research including interviews, workshops, and mapping.
Instructor: Boone Shear   TuTh 1:00-2:15 pm    (3 credit) + 2 additional credits of Anthro 397S (02) for 2 Saturdays and 2 full weekends

Anthro 397ER  ST: Heritage Policy and Practice
Description: This course focuses on heritage, in both its tangible and intangible forms. Using three themes, we critically consider why the past matters. In section one we focus on heritage policy, examining how certain places or practices are recognized as “heritage” under US laws such as the National Register of Historic Places or international guidelines such as UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The second section focuses on sustainability, exploring the increasingly common use of heritage tourism as a form of sustainable economic development. In section three we focus on heritage of difficult or painful pasts, such as slavery or genocide, considering ethical issues associated with commodifying violence for tourism. Students will complete a project in each section to gain experience with heritage policies and practices. A common theme between the three sections is material culture, or how we use the “stuff” of the past to understand and communicate its significance in the present. While there are no pre-requisites, previous courses in anthropology and/or history will be helpful.
Instructor: Heidi Bauer-Clapp  TuTh 4:00-5:15 pm    3 credit

Anthro 397MC ST: Islam and Muslims Cultures in China
Description: China has long been a cradle and host to a variety of the most enduring religio-philosophical traditions of the world. In popular discourse, Confucianism and Taoism, later joined by Buddhism, are seen to constitute the "three teachings" that have shaped Chinese culture. Little is discussed of the 1400 years of history of Islam in China and its 23 million Muslims that include at least ten ethnic groups. They not only have a great influence on China’s history, culture, and finance, but also populate geopolitically strategic territories that border Central Eurasia and play a big role in the global Islamic politics. This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to Islam and Muslim cultures in China. It examines Islam as lived experience, focuses on the everyday lives of Muslims in contemporary China and asks the question how Islam infroms culture and creates social and spiritual meaning for individuals and communities. We look at Chinese Muslims’ understanding of faith, their relationships to the state, their role in the Chinese nation building and ethnic formation, Islamic education, identity and living space, architecture, martial arts, Islamic dietary practice, as well Muslim women and ideologies of gender from anthropological, historical and sociological perspectives. Ethnographic monographs and blogs, journal articles, photo-essays, documentaries, and sound recordings will together enrich students’ understanding of the unity of Islamic faith and diverse cultures and practices of Muslim communities in China.
Instructor: Ge Jian  MW 4:00-5:15 pm    (3 credit)

Anthro 397ME ST:  Kurdistan, Nationalism & the Contemporary Middle East
Description: Located at the nexus of important trade routes as well as being the home of rich oil reserves, Kurdistan, the ancestral homeland of the Kurds, has seen many restructuring efforts (often by means of war). Kurdish people today find themselves living across different nation-states (Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria) as well as Europe and the United States. What led to this dispersion and what is ther situation today? Why do many Kurds seek an independent nation-state? Why are they often politically persecuted? This course will help students understand the contemporary political situation of Kurdish people and the Kurdish Regional Government of northern Iraq within the larger context of the Middle East and international politics today.

This course will integrate readings from Political Science, History, Sociology, and Anthropology as well as news from different outlets. There are no pre-requisites. It is intended for all students interested in the Middle East as well as contemporary international politics. This course qualifies for the Middle Eastern Studies Major or Minor.
Instructor: Ahmad Mohammadpour  TuTh 4:00-5:15 pm   (3 credit)

Anthro 397PC: ST: Anthropology and Postcolonialism
Description: This course combines readings in the history of anthropology with scholarship in postcolonial studies. From its inception, the discipline of anthropology has both framed and interrogated questions of 'otherness,' race, imperialism, time and development. These are all questions that have been raised by scholars of postcolonialism as well, as they critique projects of nation building in places that were ruled by colonial powers for centuries. As the literature on 'postcolonialism' largely addresses Asian and African countries that experience European colonialism, these readings will focus on these regions to a degree. Other readings will cover questions of race in anthropological research, the production of knowledge of places that were the objects of this kind of research, and how these questions informed colonialism and its aftermath.
Instructor: Svati Shah  MW 4:00-5:15 pm    (3 credit)

Anthro 497BA/697BA:  ST: Basque Cultural Politics
Description: A stateless nation, the Basque Country is a site for fascinating cultural politics and social activism around issues of language, identity, nation, sustainability, and self-governance.  
Each year, UMass Anthropology’s Douglass Chair in Basque Cultural Studies hosts a visiting expert on Basque culture and politics.  This year, our guest is the former president of the Basque Autonomous Community, Juan Jose Ibarretxe.  This one credit seminar will meet 6 times over the course of Feb- April to prepare for  Mr. Ibarretxe’s visit in April . Mr. Ibarretxe will share his experiences as a political leader of the “right to decide” movements, the recovery of the Basque language, and discuss the legacy of the Mondragon cooperatives, and new projects in economically sustainable growth.  Readings will include excerpts from Ibarretxe’s book, The Basque Experience: constructing sustainable human development (2015).
This course is intended for graduate students in any Department.  The class will be in English. Interested undergrads should contact the instructor for permission to enroll. Requires attendance at meetings, readings, and short response papers.

**Meetings to be held on Fridays Feb. 15- April 15,  2:30-4:30pm pm. Pass/Fail.
Instructor: Jackie Urla  Tues. 2:30-5:15 pm    (1 credit)

Antro 697BC: Bio Cultural Anthropology
Description: Anthropology has long emphasized an integrative, holistic approach. Biocultural anthropology provides one example of this integration by examining the interrelationships among society, culture, and biology to better understand the human experience. The purpose of this class is to review past and current developments in biocultural anthropology, and to explore various lines of inquiry that might link biology and culture in new and interesting ways. A primary focus of a biocultural approach is to understand how lived realities become embodied as human biology, and biocultural anthropology draws on evolutionary, ecological, political-economic and cognitive perspectives to examine this process.  We will use a biocultural approach to explore a range of issues linking social inequalities and human biology, including: health inequalities, environmental problems, armed conflict, racial and gender discrimination, nutrition transition and obesity, and other dimensions of vulnerability, stress and resilience in human groups. Students will supplement the readings and topics by introducing other topics through class readings and research papers.
Instructor: Thomas Leatherman Wed. 2:30-5:15 pm (3 credit)