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21A.265 Food and Culture (MIT) 21A.265 Food and Culture (MIT)

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Explores connections between what we eat and who we are through cross-cultural study of how personal identities and social groups are formed via food production, preparation, and consumption. Organized around critical discussion of what makes "good" food good (healthy, authentic, ethical, etc.). Uses anthropological and literary classics as well as recent writing and films on the politics of food and agriculture. Explores connections between what we eat and who we are through cross-cultural study of how personal identities and social groups are formed via food production, preparation, and consumption. Organized around critical discussion of what makes "good" food good (healthy, authentic, ethical, etc.). Uses anthropological and literary classics as well as recent writing and films on the politics of food and agriculture.

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anthropology | anthropology | cultural anthropology | cultural anthropology | social anthropology | social anthropology | food | food | food culture | food culture | organic food | organic food | locavore | locavore | sustainable farming | sustainable farming | artisanal cheese | artisanal cheese

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Creativity Lecture 3: Creativity - Abduction or Improvisation?

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Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen) discusses his current research, on the comparative anthropology of the line, exploring issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology and Head of the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Lapland, and has written on the role of animals in human society, on language and tool use, and on environmental perception and skilled practice. His key publications include: Evolution and Social Life (Cambridge University Press), Tools, Language and Cognition in Human Evolution (co-edited, with Kathleen Gibson, Cambridge University Press), The Perception of the Environment (Routledge) and Lines: A Brief History (Routledge). Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | keble college | social anthropology | creativity | lines | anthropology | keble college | social anthropology | creativity | lines | 2011-06-03

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Creativity Lecture 3: Creativity - Abduction or Improvisation?

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Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen) discusses his current research, on the comparative anthropology of the line, exploring issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology and Head of the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Lapland, and has written on the role of animals in human society, on language and tool use, and on environmental perception and skilled practice. His key publications include: Evolution and Social Life (Cambridge University Press), Tools, Language and Cognition in Human Evolution (co-edited, with Kathleen Gibson, Cambridge University Press), The Perception of the Environment (Routledge) and Lines: A Brief History (Routledge). Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | keble college | social anthropology | creativity | lines | anthropology | keble college | social anthropology | creativity | lines | 2011-06-03

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21A.112 Seminar in Ethnography and Fieldwork (MIT) 21A.112 Seminar in Ethnography and Fieldwork (MIT)

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This advanced course in anthropology engages closely with discussions and debates about ethnographic research, ethics, and representation. This advanced course in anthropology engages closely with discussions and debates about ethnographic research, ethics, and representation.

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fieldwork | fieldwork | anthropology | anthropology | ethnography | ethnography | culture | culture | theory | theory | data analysis | data analysis | research design | research design | interviewing | interviewing | method | method | student work | student work | military anthropology | military anthropology | controversies | controversies

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21A.110 Anthropological Theory (MIT) 21A.110 Anthropological Theory (MIT)

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This course introduces students to some of the major social theories and debates that inspire and inform anthropological analysis. Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a range of theoretical propositions concerning such topics as agency, structure, subjectivity, history, social change, power, culture, and the politics of representation. Ultimately, all theories can be read as statements about human beings and the worlds they create and inhabit. We will approach each theoretical perspective or proposition on three levels: (1) in terms of its analytical or explanatory power for understanding human behavior and the social world; (2) in the context of the social and historical circumstances in which they were produced; and (3) as contributions to ongoing dialogues and debate. This course introduces students to some of the major social theories and debates that inspire and inform anthropological analysis. Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a range of theoretical propositions concerning such topics as agency, structure, subjectivity, history, social change, power, culture, and the politics of representation. Ultimately, all theories can be read as statements about human beings and the worlds they create and inhabit. We will approach each theoretical perspective or proposition on three levels: (1) in terms of its analytical or explanatory power for understanding human behavior and the social world; (2) in the context of the social and historical circumstances in which they were produced; and (3) as contributions to ongoing dialogues and debate.

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anthropology | anthropology | anthropological theory | anthropological theory | anthropological method | anthropological method | frameworks | frameworks | analysis | analysis | integration | integration | cultural anthropology | cultural anthropology | classic texts | classic texts | contemporary critiques | contemporary critiques | analyses of texts | analyses of texts

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MAS.966 Digital Anthropology (MIT) MAS.966 Digital Anthropology (MIT)

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Digital Anthropology is a Spring 2003 applied social science and media arts seminar, surveying the blossoming arena of digital-artifact enabled experimental sociology/anthropology. We will emphasize on both (a) Technology Testbeds – systematically deploying research lab prototypes and corporate pre-production products in a sample human organizational population and carefully observing the social consequences, and (b) Sociometrics – using digital artifacts to better observe and measure the complex social reality of interesting human systems. Digital Anthropology is a Spring 2003 applied social science and media arts seminar, surveying the blossoming arena of digital-artifact enabled experimental sociology/anthropology. We will emphasize on both (a) Technology Testbeds – systematically deploying research lab prototypes and corporate pre-production products in a sample human organizational population and carefully observing the social consequences, and (b) Sociometrics – using digital artifacts to better observe and measure the complex social reality of interesting human systems.

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digital anthropology | digital anthropology | applied social science | applied social science | media arts | media arts | digital-artifact enabled experimental sociology/anthropology | digital-artifact enabled experimental sociology/anthropology | digital devices | digital devices | sensors | sensors | wireless | wireless | prototypes | prototypes | products | products | human organization | human organization | social dynamics | social dynamics | sociometrics | sociometrics | technology testbeds | technology testbeds | measuring human interaction | measuring human interaction | digital artifacts | digital artifacts | human systems | human systems | research lab prototypes | research lab prototypes | Predictive Microcosms | Predictive Microcosms | Fast Iteration | Fast Iteration | Experimental Sociology | Experimental Sociology | Comparative Market Research | Comparative Market Research | Cross-Campus Connections | Cross-Campus Connections

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21A.110 Anthropological Theory (MIT) 21A.110 Anthropological Theory (MIT)

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This course introduces students to some of the major social theories and debates that inspire and inform anthropological analysis. Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a range of theoretical propositions concerning such topics as agency, structure, subjectivity, history, social change, power, culture, and the politics of representation. Ultimately, all theories can be read as statements about human beings and the worlds they create and inhabit. We will approach each theoretical perspective or proposition on three levels: (1) in terms of its analytical or explanatory power for understanding human behavior and the social world; (2) in the context of the social and historical circumstances in which they were produced; and (3) as contributions to ongoing dialogues and debate. This course introduces students to some of the major social theories and debates that inspire and inform anthropological analysis. Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a range of theoretical propositions concerning such topics as agency, structure, subjectivity, history, social change, power, culture, and the politics of representation. Ultimately, all theories can be read as statements about human beings and the worlds they create and inhabit. We will approach each theoretical perspective or proposition on three levels: (1) in terms of its analytical or explanatory power for understanding human behavior and the social world; (2) in the context of the social and historical circumstances in which they were produced; and (3) as contributions to ongoing dialogues and debate.

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anthropology | anthropology | anthropological theory | anthropological theory | anthropological method | anthropological method | frameworks | frameworks | analysis | analysis | integration | integration | cultural anthropology | cultural anthropology | classic texts | classic texts | contemporary critiques | contemporary critiques | analyses of texts | analyses of texts

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21A.265 Food and Culture (MIT)

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Explores connections between what we eat and who we are through cross-cultural study of how personal identities and social groups are formed via food production, preparation, and consumption. Organized around critical discussion of what makes "good" food good (healthy, authentic, ethical, etc.). Uses anthropological and literary classics as well as recent writing and films on the politics of food and agriculture.

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anthropology | cultural anthropology | social anthropology | food | food culture | organic food | locavore | sustainable farming | artisanal cheese

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Constitutionalism, ethnicity and minority rights in Africa: a legal appraisal from the Great Lakes region

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Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2013. Seminar by Dr Jeremie Gilbert (University of East London) recorded on 22 May 2013 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. The last decade has witnessed a constitutional revival in Africa, with several countries adopting new constitutions. Several of these constitutions have been adopted following serious ethnic tensions, especially in the Great Lakes region. Because of the nature of the ethnic conflicts which were rooted in the repression of minority communities, the new constitutional frameworks regarding ethnicity and minority rights are going to be extremely significant for the peace and stability of the region. By analysing the recently adopted constitutions of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic o Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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rights | anthropology | Rwanda | migration | burundi | drc | law | refugees | rights | anthropology | Rwanda | migration | burundi | drc | law | refugees

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Tracks Across Sand: the dispossession of the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari

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Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2013. Lecture by Hugh Brody (Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, University of the Fraser Valley) recorded on 8 May 2013 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. The 2013 Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture set out the history of the drastic and often violent dispossession of the peoples of the southern Kalahari. This is an area reached by the 1908 German wars of extermination against indigenous peoples, and where all the forces of colonial occupation have been brought to bear. For the San living within South Africa, the apartheid regime meant a final eviction from their last remaining lands. This meant that the Khomani became a diaspora of people without rights to land, work or even a place to live; refugees in what Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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kalahari | south africa | dispossession | anthropology | land rights | refugees | film | kalahari | south africa | dispossession | anthropology | land rights | refugees | film

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Opportunities and risk: enacting socio-cultural transformation in refugee camps in Uganda

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Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2013. Seminar by Tania Kaiser (School of Oriental and African Studies) recorded on 24 April 2013 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.

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anthropology | refugees | Uganda | anthropology | refugees | Uganda

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Unexplored agencies: the case of Donna Sebastiana

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Carlo Severi (CNRS, Paris) presents an Anthropology Departmental Seminar (1 February 2013). Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | society | anthropology | society

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Scientists as Abstainers

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Matei Candea (University of Durham) presents 'An ethnography of inter-species trust without belief'. An Anthropology Departmental Seminar (26 October 2012) with a theme of science and technology studies. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | science | ethnography | anthropology | science | ethnography

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Collective Effervescence as Embodied Intoxication

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Philip Mellor, Professor of Religion and Social Theory at the University Leeds, presented this paper at a workshop held in Oxford by the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies in February 2012. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | Durkheimian studies | Durkheim | anthropology | Durkheimian studies | Durkheim

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Everyday aesthetics in forced displacement

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Sandra Dudley (University of Leicester) looks at 'material culture and Karenni forced migrants in a Thai-Burma border camp'. 10 February 2012. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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burma | material culture | anthropology | society | migration | thailand | borders | burma | material culture | anthropology | society | migration | thailand | borders

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Opportunistic violence and the impossibility of intimacy

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Dhana Hughes (St John's College, University of Oxford) examines 'memories of revenge and denunciation in Sri Lanka's Southern Terror'. 11 May 2012. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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sri lanka | terror | violence | anthropology | society | sri lanka | terror | violence | anthropology | society

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Neighbouring China in Northern Nepal

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In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Martin Saxer (National University of Singapore)discusses 'Hidden Valleys, New Roads and Remote Cosmopolitans' in northern Nepal. 25 May 2012. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | society | borders | nepal | china | anthropology | society | borders | nepal | china

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Altruism in cyberspace?

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In this seminar for the International Gender Studies Centre, Elinor Bastin presents an exploration of an on-line community for women and men with bipolar disorder. 10 November 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | gender | bipolar | cyberspace | anthropology | gender | bipolar | cyberspace

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of assisted reproductive technologies

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In this seminar for the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group, Soraya Tremayne (Director of the FRSG) discusses 'Third party donation and the 'happy family' rhetoric in Iran'. 17 November 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | fertility | iran | Reproduction | anthropology | fertility | iran | Reproduction

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Meat and Health

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In this Health, Environment and Development seminar, Peter Scarborough (a UL in Public Health) discusses the impact of achieving environmental sustainable diets on deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer in the UK. 18 October 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | Environment | cancer | disease | diet | anthropology | Environment | cancer | disease | diet

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Brain microcircuits in champanzees and humans

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Stephen Chance of the Neuroanatomy and Cognition Group, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, presents insights into IQ and social cognition in chimpanzees and humans. An ICEA Seminar from 1 June 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | cognition | primates | human evolution | anthropology | cognition | primates | human evolution

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Venom, pollinators and parasites

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Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University discusses 'how the poisonous slow loris may reveal the origins of social grooming amongst primates'. An ICEA seminar from 2 November 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | primates | human evolution | anthropology | primates | human evolution

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Extreme climatic events as drivers of early human behaviour in Africa?

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In this seminar for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Sallie Burrough of Oxford University's School of Geography and the Environment presents an environmental perspective from the Kalahari Desert (23/11/11). Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Environment | anthropology | Africa | human evolution | Environment | anthropology | Africa | human evolution

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How niche construction affects inheritance systems in human evolution

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A seminar for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology by John Odling-Smee (an Emeritus research fellow from Oxford University), 30 November 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | cognition | human evolution | anthropology | cognition | human evolution

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The evolutionary history and genetics of primate brain size

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In this Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Seminar, Stephen Montgomery (University of Cambridge) discusses "The evolutionary history and genetics of primate brain size." 15 June 2011. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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anthropology | cognition | evolution | primates | Social Sciences | anthropology | cognition | evolution | primates | Social Sciences

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