Cultural Anthropology Announcements

New Class in Fall 2013: ANTH 350 The Anthropology of Cities

This course introduces students to the anthropological study of cities and urban life. Through readings, lectures, and films we will explore the historical development and current dynamism of major global cities, from New York and San Francisco to London, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Shanghai. What differences and similarities exist in the institutions of urban life and the quality of everyday life for city inhabitants globally? We will look at economic inequality; race, religion, gender, and class issues; security and surveillance; tourism and other forms of transnationalism; political activism and popular culture.

ANTH 350 The Anthropology of Cities
Instructor: Rabia Kamal
Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays 10:30 am to 11:35 am

New Class in Fall 2013: ANTH 390 Law and Culture

The course "Law and Culture" explores the ways that law and culture interact -- how culture shapes law. Topics include: war crimes, Native American law, same-sex marriage, "tribal" feuding, Australian Aboriginal land claims, barter trade systems, alternative forms of dispute resolution, land reform, and international labor rights. The approach is anthropological; that is, comparative across cultures. Classes will be a mixture of seminar and lecture. The course provides a strong cross-cultural foundation for international work in rule of law, transnational aid, and business.

Professor De Nike has a dual career as a lawyer and cultural anthropologist, specializing in political and legal questions. In addition to 20 years teaching in the United States, he has worked on land reform, war crimes, and rule of law in Germany, Cambodia, Ukraine, Armenia, West Bank/Gaza, Guyana, and Afghanistan.

ANTH 390 Law and Culture
Instructor: Howard De Nike, J.D., Ph.D
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:55 am to 11:40 am 


Opportunity for Students: Study Abroad in Guatemala with NC State

NC State University Announces the 20th Annual Ethnographic Field School, Summer 2013
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
May 24 - July 15, 2013
Learn how to design, conduct and write-up qualitative, ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes! During the 7 ½ week program, live and work with an indigenous Guatemalan family in the Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands. This is a hands-on, experiential-driven program where students design a research program, and plan and implement an independent, individualized, project (read more).

Opportunity for Students: Study Abroad in Guatemala with the University of Arizona

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to participate in a study abroad program in Antigua, Guatemala. This is a summer, spring and/or fall semester program. Students receive a University of Arizona transcript. Most courses can be taken for honors credit, and some can be taken for graduate credit.

The real uniqueness of Study Abroad at CIRMA is our commitment to a transformational pedagogy. Our program weaves together rigorous theoretical engagement in themes such as human rights, development, climate change, and indigeneity with ongoing reflection of current events, home stay experiences, top/notch language training and profound encounters with Guatemalan activists, artists, students and scholars. For more information:

Syria's Tangled Roots of Resentment

Visiting anthropologist Lindsay Gifford recently published an article on Syria in Sada, the Arabic-English publication for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Anthropologist Nominated by US to Head World Bank

NEW YORK (AFP) ― Singing rap, citing Buddhist teachings, and once dreaming of being a sports star, the likely next head of the World Bank may not be widely known ― but he’s no faceless bureaucrat (read more).

Anthropology in Sitka, Alaska, Summer 2013

Culture, Environment and Tourism: Sitka, Alaska

July 25 - August 10, 2013

This 17-day, 4-credit Arrupe Social Justice Immersion course in anthropology (ANTH 280) and environmental studies (ENVA 280) examines the relationship between culture and the environment in the unique island setting of Sitka, Alaska.  Now open for enrollment, contact Professor Sharon Gmelch ( for more information.