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Spring 2013 Anthropology V3829 section 001
|Day & Time
318 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
|Course Description||Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15, instructor’s permission required. Human experience is replete across cultural and historic contexts with examples where the traces of bodies—and associated persons—are absent, invisible, and erased, yet where knowledge or memories of their presence prove inescapable, too. An overarching theme that guides this class is the inextricable relationship between presence and absence. We will track the significance of absent bodies under a range of circumstances, including their ghostly presence in memorial contexts, their involvement in such shadow economies as birth surrogacy and organ donation, their surgical realignment, and longstanding industrial efforts to replace bodies with robots and other machinery. Readings are interdisciplinary, including selections from anthropology, war and labor histories, and dystopic science fiction.|
|Enrollment||13 students (15 max) as of 11:21PM Monday, May 20, 2013|
|Open To||Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Barnard|
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