ARKEO 6402

ARKEO 6402

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This course explores recent efforts to theorize the materiality of human social, political, and cultural life. We will draw broadly from contemporary works in archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, art, social thought, media studies, and literary theory to piece together a sense of the conceptual possibilities afforded by analytical engagement with the world of things. We will take the historical dynamics of things as our central concern, navigating between classic and contemporary debates over the social location, physical constitution, and agency of object worlds. Along the way we will take in contemporary arguments for objects as constitutive elements of mind, affect, and order. The goal of the course is to juxtapose the experience, perception, and imagination of objects in order to address critical gaps in our understanding of social life past, present, and future. As the second course in a sequence focused on material theory, this seminar is part of a wider effort to train students to be astute analysts of the material world.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: course in social thought.

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 6402

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16530ARKEO 6402  SEM 101