ANTHR 4235

ANTHR 4235

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Res ipsa loquitur -- the thing speaks for itself. This common expression captures a widespread belief about objects' roles in human lives, but deciphering 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: juniors or higher.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: at least one course in anthropology or archaeology.

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

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Syllabi: none
  • 17707ANTHR 4235  SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  • 18302ANTHR 4235  SEM 102

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.