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Cornell University    
  Feb 25, 2018
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 6452 - [Evidence: Ethnography and Historical Method]

Fall. Next offered 2017-2018. 4 credits.

H. Miyazaki.

Is anthropoligists’ recent turn to history destiny, as Evans-Prtichard once said? Or is it simply a temporary oscillation from an emphasis on systematization to an emphasis on process? Are there any potentially productive incommensurabilities between ethnography and history as two distinct forms of knowledge production? In this seminar, we will explore these questions by examining the uses of archival records as evidence in the two disciplines. We will read some of the most well-known texts in historical anthropology and anthropological history side by side with some influential reflection on the uses of evidence in history and a wide range of recent studies of evidential practices in various sites of knowledge production such as archives, court rooms, and laboratories. The ultimate purpose of the seminar is to carve out a space for a new kind of ethnographic engagement with historical method. Graduate students from programs of study other than anthropology are welcome.

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