Summer Courses

2017 Summer GLS 325 / SAS 310 / ANT 373 (SA) 
At Home (and Abroad) in the Indian Himalayas 
Based at the Hanifl Centre in Mussoorie this course introduces students to the ecologically and culturally diverse region of the Himalayas known as Garhwal in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. In the past, Himalayan people used to practice transhumance and nomadism and nowadays, because of increasing out-migration, fewer and fewer of them live out their lives where they are born. The central questions of the seminar will be, how do the people of Garwal identify and experience "locality," "territory" and "community"? What does it mean to be "at home" in this part of the Indian Himalayas? Isabelle Clark-Decès 

2017 Summer GLS 327 / ANT 348 / GER 330 / POL 484 (SA)
Xenophobia and Xenophilia in Germany
This seminar will examine xenophobia and xenophilia in Germany. Identification through irrational fear of the foreign is currently on the rise in many parts of the world, manifested in anti-immigrant, religiously motivated national exclusionary movements, discrimination, political party competition, racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, internal purging, and massacres. This course examines their psychology and social meanings, focusing on both the modification of projections and the changing nature of its objects. It will introduce students to ethnographic methods by participating in cultural encounters and observations outside the classroom. John Borneman

2014 Summer – GLS 315 / ANT 385 (SA)
Growing Up in India
This seminar is divided into three parts. First, it explores the interrelated factors—social, economic, demographic and symbolic—that determine the organization of the Indian family. Next, it considers the beliefs and practices—parenting, child rearing, early education, schooling, and so on—that turn children into social actors. Finally, it examines the place and experience of youth in Indian society, focusing on shifting family forms and rapid social change. Isabelle Clark-Decès

2013 Summer – GLS 310 / ANT 381 / HLS 321
Pluralism and the Body Politic in Greece
The seminar explores pluralism in Greece from minority governance in the Ottoman Empire to modern European multiculturalism. Through ethnographies, historical works, and films, the seminar considers how Greek governments and peoples have faced problems of cultural, linguistic, and religious difference within and outside the borders of the nation. It focuses on aspects of state government--health care, education, welfare--that clarify the boundaries of identity, community, and polity in Greece. It is based in Istanbul (week 1) and Xanthi (weeks 2-6); excursions may include Komotini, Alexandropoulis, Thessaloniki and the Rhodope Mountains. Elizabeth Davis