Instruction

Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Comparative regional ethnography II: Religion and Law: Anthropological perspectives 5 Cr Course 2.9.2020 - 14.10.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II: Urban Anthropology of Africa 5 Cr Lecture Course 8.9.2020 - 16.10.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II 5 Cr General Examination 26.9.2020 - 26.9.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II 5 Cr General Examination 24.10.2020 - 24.10.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II: Russian Christianity: History, ideology, culture 5 Cr Lecture Course 26.10.2020 - 10.12.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II 5 Cr General Examination 28.11.2020 - 28.11.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II 5 Cr General Examination 12.12.2020 - 12.12.2020
Comparative regional ethnography II 5 Cr General Examination 6.2.2021 - 6.2.2021
Comparative regional ethnography II: Southeast Asian State Formation and Environmental Change 5 Cr Lecture Course 16.3.2021 - 29.4.2021
Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 13.6.2020 - 13.6.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 30.5.2020 - 30.5.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 25.4.2020 - 25.4.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 4.4.2020 - 4.4.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 7.3.2020 - 7.3.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 8.2.2020 - 8.2.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 14.12.2019 - 14.12.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 30.11.2019 - 30.11.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 19.10.2019 - 19.10.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 21.9.2019 - 21.9.2019
Ethnography seminar II 5 Cr Course 3.9.2019 - 27.2.2020
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 10.6.2019 - 10.6.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 13.4.2019 - 13.4.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 16.3.2019 - 16.3.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 16.2.2019 - 16.2.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 19.1.2019 - 19.1.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 15.12.2018 - 15.12.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 24.11.2018 - 24.11.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 27.10.2018 - 27.10.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 29.9.2018 - 29.9.2018
Etnografiaseminaari II 5 Cr Course 6.9.2018 - 2.5.2019
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 5.5.2018 - 5.5.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 7.4.2018 - 7.4.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 10.3.2018 - 10.3.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 10.2.2018 - 10.2.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 13.1.2018 - 13.1.2018
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 25.11.2017 - 25.11.2017
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 28.10.2017 - 28.10.2017
Ethnography Seminar II 5 Cr Literature examination 30.9.2017 - 30.9.2017
Etnografiaseminaari II 5 Cr Course 6.9.2017 - 4.5.2018

Target group

The lecture course is meant for students in Society and Change BA program majoring in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology and for students participating in the ET program. If there is space, other students of the Society and Change BA program or other relevant BA programmes can be accepted into the course. Possible restrictions of participation will be announced in the annual study programme.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course, the student understands how ethnographic research produces comparable, anthropological knowledge. He or she is familiar with the historical and political circumstances that underlie the societies and life forms in the area that is under focus. The student is able to pursue an independent study of the ethnographic literature on this area, to incorporate its core topics in his or her own intellectual aims, and to recognize the importance of its core topics for the development of general theoretical discussions in anthropology.

Timing

Term 1-4

Contents

This study unit is concerned with the anthropological research topics and traditions that have evolved in a particular ethnographic area. In addition to introducing core topics that arise in the anthropological literature on a specific geographic area, it aims at learning to think about these topics comparatively. The comparative method in anthropology is different from a method based on case studies in that it does not represent the ethnographic description of a single site as an instance of universal knowledge. Instead, it adopts a holistic perspective in which the meaning of human practice and experience is informed by its social and historical context. Anthropological knowledge is ultimately produced through the comparison ethnographic accounts of related phenomena in different sites. For this reason, anthropological training should include familiarity with more than one ethnographic area.

Study materials

Literature for the faculty book exam:

The student selects one particular ethnographic area from those listed below and read the respective three books for the exam:

Pacific (Timo Kaartinen)

Besnier, Nico 1995. Literacy, Emotion, and Authority: Reading and Writing on a Polynesian Atoll

Gershon, Ilana 2012. No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Miyazaki, Hirokazu 2004. The Method of Hope. Anthropology, Philosophy, and Fijian Knowledge

Southeast Asia (Timo Kaartinen)

Eilenberg, Michael 2012. At the Edges of States: Dynamics of State Formation in the Indonesian Borderlands

Spyer, Patricia 2000. The Memory of Trade: Modernity's Entanglements on an Eastern Indonesian Island

Donzelli, Aurora 2019. Methods of Desire: Language, Morality, and Affect in Neoliberal Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824878290 HANKITTAVA KIRJASTOON

Europe (Timo Kaartinen)

Dzenovska, Dace 2018. School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia

Green, Sarah 2005. Notes from the Balkans: Locating marginality and ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian border

McCall Howard, Penny and Alexander Smith 2017. Environment, Labour and Capitalism at Sea: 'Working the Ground' in Scotland

South Asia (Tenhunen)

Mines, Diane P. ja Lamb, Sarah E 2010. Everyday Life in South Asia

Tenhunen Sirpa 2018. A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation and Social Change in Rural India.

Michelutti, Lucia 2009. The Vernacularisation of Democracy. Politics, Caste and Religion in India

East Asia (Kajanus)

Chong, Kimberly 2018. Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China.

Yan, Yunxiang 2003. Private life under socialism: Love, intimacy, and family change in a Chinese village, 1949-1999

Schober, Elisabeth 2016. Base Encounters: The US Armed Forces in South Korea

Africa (Pietilä)

Turner, Victor 1957. Schism and continuity in an African society: A study of Ndembu village life

Meyer, Birgit 1999. Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity among the Ewe in Ghana

Piot, Charles. 2010. Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War

Latin America (Gross)

Taussig, Michael 1980. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy 1992. Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

Norget, Kristin 2006. Days of Death, Days of Life: Ritual in the Popular Culture of Oaxaca

Assessment practices and criteria

Scale 0-5. In evaluation all the assignments will be considered, self-evaluation will be recommended.

Completion methods

a) A lecture course that involves written assignments, a theme seminar for small group. The course readings will be specified by the instructor. Required presence in 75% of the classes, compensatory assignments for extra absences.

b) A written exam.