TEACHING AND COURSEWORK
Linguistic anthropology does not constitute
an independent subfield in Yale's Department of Anthropology,
and those interested in graduate work predominantly in that subfield
are advised to seek out other programs. However, language-related
courses like the three listed below are offered on a regular basis
for both graduate and undergraduate students who recognize the
importance of language for anthropological fieldwork and ethnography.
This year I will also be teaching a cultural anthropology course
on Modern Indonesia.
ANTH 364/564a Language, Nation, and Globalization
A study of idologies and practices thaat lnk languages with nation-states,
from the nineteenth century to the present. Ways in which the
production of knowledge about language has influenced understandings
of nationality, ethnicity, race, and citizenship.
ANTH 371/571b Modern Indonesia
Political and cultural dynamics in contemporary Indonesia
explored from historical and anthropological perspectives. Major
ethnic groups, key historical dynamics, political culture, and
interaction between modernization and traditional lifeways. Issues
of ethnicity, gender, religion, and economy in situations of rapid
ANTH 413/513b Language, Culture, & Ideology
Review of influential anthropological theories of culture, with
reference to theories of language that inspired or informed them.
Topics include American and European structuralism; cognitivist
and interpretivist approaches to cultural description; and the
work of Bakhtin, Bourdieu, and various critical theorists
ANTH 461/631a The Ethnography of Speaking
The social use of language; how language use both reflects and
is productive of social relations. Focus on the interrelationships
between verbal form, social function, and cultural meaning in
varying modalities of spoken communicative interaction.