Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Anthropology of Anthropology
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
Carlo Cubero Irizarry (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
This course provides the basis for reflection on the major trends, ideas, methods and theories in the wide ranging reflexive genre of social anthropology. It will examine some of the main debates, both current and historical that anthropologists have grappled with. Discussions will connect these issues to broader theoretical, methodological and epistemological concerns within the humanities and social sciences.
Brief description of the course
Anthropology has traditionally been conceived as the study of the ‘Other’ and non-Western cultures. The reflexive and critical approaches within the social sciences, especially during the mid-20th century, have re-focused the epistemological lenses of theory and methodology (amongst others ‘ethnography’) back at many such things as the Imperial gaze and Empirical haze, Western intellectual thought and academic pursuits themselves – hence back at the very activities of the discipline itself. This move was accompanied, perhaps even prompted, by an historic shift in the field for accepting the validity of situated studies of the ‘self’, anthropologies at home and even the auto-deconstruction of western intellectual communities. After exploring such epistemological questions, the course examines the effects of recent socio-political transformations in the traditional ways of doing socio-cultural anthropology and of being a card-carrying ‘anthropologist’. Consequently, a number of themes will be dealt with implicitly. These include: identity and the nationalisms of ideas; post-colonialism; multiculturalism; intellectual diasporas and transnational migration of anthropologists; and so on.
Oral presentations and on the submission of a single authored written essay.
Learning outcomes in the course
After taking this course, students are expected to be familiar with some topics and approaches that anthropologists have contended with and be able to relate these issues to their own research and practice.
Students will be assessed on the basis of the oral presentations and on the submission of a single authored written essay. Essays must be between 1700 - 2500 words, a minimum of 3 cited references are required. It is advisable that, for the purpose of the essay, students find and use academic resources not listed in the course outline.
Essays should not be a review of issues covered in the course. It is recommended that final projects either expand on issues covered in the seminars or follow a line of inquiry beyond what was discussed in the seminars. Students that wish to cover themes not discussed directly in class must discuss their project with the course convener.
Class Participation 25%
Oral Presentation 25%
Final Paper 30%
Dotsent Carlo Cubero Irizarry
Harris, Marvin. 2001. The Rise of Anthropological Theory: A History of Theories of Culture. Altamira Press.
Moore, Henrietta & Sanders, Todd (eds.) 2014. Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology. John Wiley & Sons.
Ingold, Tim. 1996. Key Debates in Anthropology. Routledge.