ANT 391 • Contiguous Spaces/Connecting Theories
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
The purpose of the class is to address the dominant, but problematic area studies paradigm with effective, new alternative models. I seek to conduct this seminar with reference to the Middle East and South Asia. Using an historical and anthropological lens the class will seek to emphasize the experiences of people from within these regions. Within this context the course will introduce students to a range of writings that undermine the larger area studies paradigm by putting forward historical continuities in the movement of people, ideas and things between the two regions. The class will also show how intellectual borrowing and common theoretical agendas shape the study of these spaces in contemporary social science literature.