ANT 300 - Necropolitics

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2017
Class #: 19949
Section: M003
Credits: 3

Novak, Shannon

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
TuTh 12:30pm-01:50pm

Bowne 306A

Course Description:

We are surrounded by the dead and their traces. Most of the time we pay little attention to them as they lie quietly, sequestered in subterranean plots or distant thoughts. And yet, as anthropologist Katherine Verdery has argued, there has been a virtual “parade of corpses” in recent decades. In this course we will follow some of these dead bodies on the move, from the exhumation of mass graves in global conflict zones to immigrant corpses littering the deserts of America’s borderlands. There are also the more distant dead, bones and traces of people long forgotten, but whose unexpected appearance can revitalize memories of past wrongs, instigating new conflicts and debates. To better understand “the political lives of dead bodies,” we must carefully consider the local and transnational complexity of human remains, their emotional and material efficacy to draw and redraw social boundaries, and the potential they hold for remaking history.