Sharing Syllabi: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Years ago (in 1997, to be exact), University of Toronto Press published a short ethnography by Anne Meneley entitled Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town. This book continues to be assigned as required reading in anthropology courses around the world, and we are pleased to be able to share the syllabus for an introductory cultural anthropology course, taught by Dr. Leo Coleman, in which the book is currently being used. read more…

  • dateSeptember 30, 2014
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  • posted byAnna
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Learning to Teach Anthropology

I have had the privilege of being taught by some amazing, thoughtful, and supportive people during my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Jill Fleuriet is one of those inspirational teachers, so when I matriculated into the MA program in the spring of 2011 and saw she would be running the Teaching Anthropology seminar, I jumped at the opportunity to learn about teaching from her. Three years out, I’m happy to take this opportunity to reflect on how Dr. Fleuriet’s Teaching Anthropology course has played an integral part in my development as a teacher. read more…

  • dateSeptember 15, 2014
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  • posted byWill Robertson
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Teaching Anthropology: A Graduate Seminar

There is no way to tackle the depth and complexity of teaching in one blog posting, nor would I be qualified to do so. Instead, here I’d like to offer my experience of designing, executing, and revising my Teaching Anthropology graduate seminar. My goal is to share resources and perspectives to contribute to the growing interest in talking about teaching in Anthropology. read more…

  • dateSeptember 11, 2014
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  • posted byJill Fleuriet
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Going Public: Ethnography’s Challenges

In an overflowing room at the American Sociological Association meetings in San Francisco last week, Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and daughter of the late Erving Goffman, faced her critics and supporters as they discussed her new book. There were far more critics than supporters in the room, and many came with the express intent of making their criticisms known. For those of you who don’t know the book (and the controversy that surrounds it)… read more…

  • dateAugust 26, 2014
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  • posted byAnne
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Studying Science, Studying Up

When I began my research at the bioscience facility at the University of Prince Edward Island—it’s also the campus where I teach—I didn’t have a particular audience in mind. At the time I was much more concerned with making the most of my opportunity to “study up,” in Laura Nader’s phrase. Toward the end, though, when I did have to start thinking about “writing culture,” and for whom, the idea of aiming for a primarily undergraduate audience, especially students in their first and second year, seemed like a good way to address problems I encounter as an instructor… read more…

  • dateAugust 5, 2014
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  • posted byUdo Krautwurst
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