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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Calvin Johns

MA - Cultural Studies, The Ohio State University

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Biography

Calvin studies play and games in everyday life through a lens thickened by linguistic anthroplogy, cognitive science, and cultural geography. His current research project investigates the performance and production of alternate reality games. In future writing he hopes to connect creative practices of play and fantasy with the negotiations and speculations involved in everyday politics and sociality. Calvin's previous graduate degrees focused on philosophy, literature, and comparative religion; and he keeps those influences alive in his work as well. 

Outside the university, Calvin owns a game design business. The company tries its hand at several forms of tabletop and live-action gaming. He also lights up a mean freestyle Frisbee. 

Interests

Cultural Studies, Gaming, Play, Cognitive and Symbolic Anthropology

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

31245-31280 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-130pm ART 1.102
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This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

ANT 305 • Expressive Culture

31255 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 1100am-1200pm CLA 0.112
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The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of culture as a crucial dimension of human life. Because we tend to think of thought and action as stemming from individual impulses, we find the notion of a shared, highly variable, but influential force in our lives hard to fathom.  Even if we speak of "society" as a familiar concept, we tend to make of it a uniform, oppressive force, some institution outside ourselves that we individually confront and oppose. Yet only if we can learn to recognize how deeply we share certain assumptions and inclinations with others--but only some others, and to varying degrees--can we appreciate the degree to which culture inheres within us and makes us who we are.

ANT 305 • Expressive Culture

31170-31180 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 500pm-600pm CLA 0.112
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The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of culture as a crucial dimension of human life. Because we tend to think of thought and action as stemming from individual impulses, we find the notion of a shared, highly variable, but influential force in our lives hard to fathom.  Even if we speak of "society" as a familiar concept, we tend to make of it a uniform, oppressive force, some institution outside ourselves that we individually confront and oppose. Yet only if we can learn to recognize how deeply we share certain assumptions and inclinations with others--but only some others, and to varying degrees--can we appreciate the degree to which culture inheres within us and makes us who we are.

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