LAS 381 • SEMIOL ANC REPRES IN AMERS
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
This seminar will essentially represent an exercise in methodology. A number of issues relating to the acquisition of knowledge from ancient systems of representation will be explored. The emphasis will be given to the intellectual processes involved, and a number of authors will be reviewed. The main techniques used to decode the past, such as, analogy, upstreaming, contextual analysis, will also be put under scrutiny. Students will be invited to use examples drawn from Andean or Mesoamerican cultures. Required texts: Students will have to prepare their own series of texts to be used in the discussions. Also a number of texts will be distributed. Assignment: Each student will have to prepare a discussion on a topic of their choice to be presented in class and discussed. At the end of each session, the paper will be handed in to be marked. This report and the participation in class will count for 30% of the final grade. Research Paper: The research paper should be about 20 double-spaced typed pages (5000 words) with bibliography and illustrations. It will count for 70% of the final grade. Topics and methodology to be discussed with the professor.