Spring 2023

Topics in Contemporary Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-332


Nusrat S. Chowdhury (Section 01)


The aim of this advanced seminar is to introduce students to a selection of major concepts, theories, and debates inspiring, informing, and disrupting anthropology today. The central themes of this year’s seminar will include, among others: affect, materiality, borders, sovereignty and citizenship, multispecies ethnography, and decolonization. Alongside these themes, the course will also explore “ethnography” as simultaneously a method of inquiry, mode of theory-making, and genre of writing. With this in mind, one of the goals of this course is to introduce students to the possibilities and challenges of ethnographic research and writing.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Chowdhury.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to seniors and majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on readings, written work, and independent research.

ANTH 332 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM MORG 110

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. University of California Press; First edition Jason De Leon Amherst Books TBD
Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas University of Chicago Press Radhika Govindrajan Amherst Books TBD
The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny Duke University Press Books Susan Lepselter Amherst Books TBD
Phone & Spear: A Yuta Anthropology Goldsmiths Press Miyarrka Media Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024