ARKEO 4235

ARKEO 4235

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

"Res ipsa loquitur" -- the thing speaks for itself. This common expression captures a widespread belief about objects' roles in human lives, but "hearing" what objects have to say is actually a complex cultural process. An object rarely has a single meaning; they are read variously in different cultural settings, and even by different individuals within a cultural system. How does one know -- can one know -- the meanings of an object? How are objects strategically deployed in social interaction (particularly in cross-cultural interactions, where each side may have radically different understandings)? How does one even know what an object is? We will explore the history and variety of ways that material culture and its meanings have been studied, using archaeological and ethnographic examples.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: junior standing or higher.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: at least one course in anthropology or archaeology.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)

Comments Co-meets with ANTHR 7235/ARKEO 7235.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4235ANTHR 7235ARKEO 7235

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16896 ARKEO 4235   SEM 101