ANTH 270 Object and Place/Memory and Nation (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

This course explores the role of object and place in the creation and perpetuation of national identity. In particular, we will consider the role of monuments, battlefields, museums, and various 'sacred' sites in inculcating a sense of shared origins, values, commitments, and ultimate ends. Using a variety of key theoretical texts (including Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities and Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger's The Invention of Tradition) and maintaining a focus on two countries -- Afghanistan and the Czech Republic -- with long and painful histories of foreign invasion and occupation, the EDI course focuses on the ways in which people orient themselves within the symbolic worlds they inherit and how they negotiate tragedies of circumstance.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two essays, an in-class presentation, and a take-home exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: 1) Anthropology and Sociology majors; 2) students who have taken one or more ANSO courses
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 3200
ANTH 270 SEM Object Place/Memory Nation (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative David B. Edwards
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