Fall 2024

Anthropology and Theatre:  A Conversation

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-103


Deborah B. Gewertz (Section 01)
Peter T. Lobdell (Section 01)


Anthropology and Theater each explore human behavior through close observation. A primary meeting point for these two disciplines is ritual. Both disciplines distinguish daily behavior from extra-daily behavior and both are concerned with their relationship. Theater people must observe the world to produce a credible and compelling performance of a reality not their own. Anthropologists must observe the world to produce a credible and compelling description of a reality not their own. This course concerns the differences and the similarities between the methods used in theater and anthropology to get the empirical story correct and convincing to their various audiences.

Fall semester.  Professor Gewertz and Senior Resident Artist Lobdell.

How to handle overenrollment: however first year seminars are handled

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close reading, analytic writing, engaged discussion. Assessment: class attendance, writing papers, class participation.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2024Other years: Offered in Fall 2023