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“You’ve got to draw it if you want to see it”: Drawing as an Ethnographic Method

My teacher Linda Schele said those words to me years ago when teaching me about the iconography of ancient Maya sculptures. She’d given me an assignment: to make sense of the carved stone monuments from the ancient site Quirigua, in south-east Guatemala. All I had were photocopies of Alfred Maudsley’s 1880s photographs, and I was having trouble distinguishing meaningful elements from the convoluted Baroque tendrils and curls on these elaborate carvings. I brought my photocopies to her house, and the first thing she did was put one on a light-box, taping a sheet of tracing paper on top, saying, “You’ll never see a thing just staring at it on paper! You’ve got to draw it if you want to see it.” read more…

  • dateFebruary 20, 2015
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  • posted byAndrew Causey
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Sharing Syllabi: Anthropology of the Internet (Updated)

Last year, we shared the syllabus for a great new course at the University of New Hampshire: Anthropology of the Internet, taught by Svetlana Peshkova, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. This course has changed substantially since it was first offered, and we are pleased to be able to share an updated syllabus… read more…

  • dateOctober 16, 2014
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  • posted byAnna
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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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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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Sharing Syllabi: Murder and Culture

The study of murder has been a mainstay in psychology and criminology departments for decades. This course was designed to add another piece to the puzzle: the cultural piece. This class takes a cultural look at murder, including how culture is involved leading up to a murder, how culture dictates the ways that murder is investigated, and how culture forms and influences the public’s reaction to murder. read more…

  • dateMarch 13, 2014
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  • posted byRebecca Ann Forrest
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