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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
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Graduate Courses

SPRING Semester 2015-16


A408 Museum Practicum
Jackson (16429)

The Museum Practicum (1-4 cr.) provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Anthropology. Practica require prior agreement and must be arranged with supervising museum personnel and the course instructor, Professor Jason Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures (, 812-856-1868).

Practica may be arranged at any museum. If you wish to arrange a practicum at a museum other than the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, you must obtain written permission from a designated supervisor at that institution. General guidelines require that you and your supervisor agree upon the number of credit hours to be awarded, the number of hours to be worked per week, and the specific work schedule. Your designated supervisor will be responsible for assessing your performance and assigning a grade.  Please bring a copy of the supervisor's statement of permission to Professor Jackson when you request authorization to enroll. (It may also be forwarded directly to Professor Jackson from your supervisor.) Students interested in arranging practica at the Mathers Museum should visit - for detailed information regarding a specific practicum. Practica may involve collections research, curation, conservation, education/programs, the museum store, exhibits, and photography.

To apply for a practicum at the Mathers Museum, please review the information on the website, then contact the appropriate departmental supervisor (noted at the top of each listing) to request an application and arrange an interview. Acceptance of students is limited. The required number of practicum hours worked per week at the Mathers Museum varies according to the number of credit hours of A408 the student is enrolled in, and the semester of enrollment.

A495 Individual Readings in Anthropology
Sept (3416)

Individual Readings in Anthropology (1-4 cr.) allows the student to work with a particular professor on a specific topic chosen by the student and agreed to by the professor. Field Study in Anthropology (3-8 cr.) gives the student a chance to earn academic credit for work "in the field."

G599 Thesis Research
Sept (7002)

Above section for Master’s students only who have enrolled in 30 or more hours of graduate coursework applicable to the degree and who have completed all other requirements of the degree except the thesis or final project or performance.

A800 Research
G901 Research
Sept (3418, 3421)



P380 Prehistoric Diet & Nutrition
Sept (30378)
SB 015
04:00-05:15pm TR

Above class approved for Graduate Credit

“YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT,” we are often told. Yet human diets today are very different from those of our ancestors of just a few thousand years ago. Are people adapted to their modern diets? Should we be trying to mimic the "Paleodiets" of our Stone Age ancestors?

Food sits at the interface between biology and culture, between the present and our evolutionary past. This course explores how the long-term history of human diet has developed in the context of our genetic, anatomical and socio-cultural evolution. We will examine how non-human primates are adapted to their diets, and what fossil and archaeological evidence exists for the diets of our fossil ancestors at different points in time.

In particular, we will critically evaluate the popular "Paleo Diet" fad, based on the hypothesis that humans evolved to hunt and gather wild foods, and that we are not adapted to eat modern diets based on agricultural staples and heavily refined foods. What can prehistoric evidence tell us about the "original" paleo diets? What were the consequences of the shift to a dependence on domesticated plants and animals and agricultural ways of life? What is the antiquity of cooking and other food processing techniques that we take for granted today? Ultimately the goal of the class is to consider how an evolutionary perspective our dietary heritage can help us understand some of the health consequences of our dietary choices today.

Students will analyze their own diets from different perspectives and also learn about the origins and antiquity of different types of foods and ancient food-processing techniques through various hands-on activities and collaborative in-class projects. Grades will be based on a combination of participation in individual and collaborative projects during class time, and on several written reports and take-home essay assignments.

This course has no prerequisites and is scheduled in the new collaborative technology classroom in the Student Building. The class can carry graduate credit; graduate students do an additional research paper for the class.

P502 Archaeological Research Design
King (30553)
SB 050
01:00-03:15pm W

P502 is focused on the process of designing archaeological research from a project’s beginning stages through to the implementation of fieldwork or laboratory research. The course will be organized around the development of a draft NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) and will address all of the components that go into preparing a strong research proposal.  We will cover the theoretical underpinnings of problem oriented research and the nature of data; how to frame a research question; the selection of appropriate methods to create data; sampling strategies; and how to carry out a research strategy from start to finish.  Specific topics include framing the project’s significance, how to find funding sources, preparing and justifying budgets, negotiating permissions and contracting with other researchers, in-the-field and in-the-lab (or other venue) logistics, how to reconcile grant agency agenda with site-specific project needs, collaboration and research ethics, and report writing.  We will also hold regular workshop sessions during which parts of each student’s draft proposal will be reviewed and commented upon by the other students in the class.

Topics will be presented in lecture, discussion, seminar, and workshop formats.  By the end of the class, students should have strong first drafts of an NSF DDIG-style grant proposal for their own dissertation research.  This seminar is a required course for graduate students in archaeology, but is also well-suited to more advanced students in their second and third years specializing in archaeology, anthropology, and related fields.

NOTE: ANTH E600 and ANTH P502 will meet at the same time and place.  Prof. Brondizio and Prof. King will together attend all classes and will integrate their course material in order to provide a broad introduction to research design and proposal writing in anthropology.  Since many of the ideas and mechanics of proposal writing are the same, we hope that this joint structure will help students in the class to think more widely about their research questions and methods, and will challenge them to make their work compelling to readers both inside and outside their primary areas of specialty.  We also hope that this co-teaching format will build a wider departmental community of grant writers and will result in more competitive proposals for dissertation research.  Please enroll in the course specific to your subfield if you are in social/cultural or archaeology.  If you are in bioanth or linguistic anth or are in another department, please enroll in the course section that is most related to your area of interest.  Please contact Prof. Brondizio ( or Prof. King ( if you have any questions about enrollment.

P506 Lab Methods in Archaeology
Scheiber (30418)
SB 050
01:00-02:15pm TR

You’ve come back from your first (or second or third) archaeological dig, now what? Artifacts don’t speak for themselves; it is only through laboratory analysis that we are able to answer anthropological questions about the past. Knowing how to choose appropriate laboratory techniques and methods of analysis is a critical skill in interpretation and is an essential part of archaeological training. In this class students will focus on processing, describing, and analyzing artifacts and data from several sites in the remote mountains outside of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Students will work on individual projects the last half of the semester. All students will be encouraged to present their results at the Plains Anthropological Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota in October, 2016.

Prerequisites: ANTH P405 is recommended but not necessary



B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
Wojcik (11874)
SB 060
08:50-10:45am MW

This class carries Graduate Credit

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic research techniques used by biological anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature of the field. The course is divided into two main sections.  The first focuses on human skeletal anatomy, and the second covers methodologies used in forensic anthropology, paleontology, primatology, human growth and development, and population genetics.   This course counts for the NMNS distribution requirement.

B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
Riley (13864)
SB 060
06:30-08:20pm MW

This course is the same as the class above regarding course content.

B370 Human Variation
Kaestle (9715)
SB 150
11:15am-12:30pm TR

Above class carries Graduate Credit

This course explores the variation within and between human populations and individuals in anatomy, physiology, genetics, and behavior. Topics covered include biological concepts of race, and evolutionary processes acting on humans in the past, present and future to shape our body, genes and behavior. We will explore current hypotheses regarding human variation in a multitude of traits including skin color, body shape, blood type, response to stress, disease resistance, IQ, violent behavior, and sexual orientation, as well as explore the nature/nurture debate. Also discussed are the implications of anthropological data and theories for current and future human biological and social problems. The topics of this course involve profound questions facing our society, and revolve around quickly evolving science and technology. This is a lecture course with no required textbook, all readings will be available online. Grades will be based on a midterm and a final exam, short writing assignments, and a final project.

B524 Theory & Method of Human Paleontology
Hunt (30215)
GL 101
09:30-10:45am TR

Humans are the dominant primate on the planet now, but 20 million years ago our ape ancestors were hardly distinguishable from any of the dozen apes alive then. B464/524, Human Paleontology, aims to survey the fossil record beginning with the earliest primates but focusing on human ancestors from around the time of the great ape die-off around 10 million years ago and to the present. We will begin historically, by examining how scientists came to recognize fossils as ancient animals, and how they learned interpret them. The class will examine the course of human evolution and the evidence paleontologists bring to bear when interpreting morphology of our lineage, and the selective pressures that created it. We will examine the relevant fossils in detail, discuss basic functional anatomy and investigate the inferred behavioral ecology of fossil species. We will also study evolutionary theory, and what it can tell us about why humans evolved and why we're still evolving. In the course of learning the anatomy and chronology of critical fossils, students will learn why humans became bipedal, why we shifted from a principally vegetarian diet to one that includes animals, why we came to have large brains, and what the impact of tools and other technology has had on our bodies. B464 has four required labs and three exams, including a cumulative final exam. B524 students will be required to complete three additional labs and a term paper.

B544 Women's Bodies
Vitzthum (30218)
SB 251
01:00-03:15pm M

As members of the same species, all human females share a similar morphology and physiology. But similarity is not identity. Using evolutionary and anthropological approaches (life history theory, biocultural models, demography), this course will consider the extent and causes of variation among women and across populations in biological form and functioning from menarche through menopause, and the consequences of this variation for women’s health and well being.

Students will gain a solid foundation in the physiology of women’s bodies and an appreciation of the influence of cultural traditions and practices in modifying biology and shaping a woman’s experience of her own body.   

The course is suitable for graduate students of all academic backgrounds and makes no assumptions about prior courses in biology or other disciplines. The first part of the course focuses on fundamentals including female human biology and theoretical frameworks for explaining variation in this biology. The second part comprises exploration of a selected set of topics based on specific student interests. Topics may include puberty, dietary practices, eating disorders, activity patterns and exercise, sports, motherhood, reproductive technologies, contraceptive technologies, breastfeeding, mass media, sexuality, western and non-western medical practices, violence, work, military service, menopause, poverty, disease, cancer, and many others.

Typically 2-3 articles and/or book chapters will be assigned each week. Each student is expected to lead one discussion on a topic of her/his choice, and all students are expected to be prepared each week to participate in discussion. There are no tests; 50% of the grade is based on demonstrated knowledge of readings, and leading and participating in discussions. The remaining 50% of the grade is based on an individual paper (i.e., grant proposal or project) or participation in a collaborative project, depending on student preferences. Topic and approach will be agreed upon in consultation with the instructor.

B600 Evolution of Human Cognition
Schoenemann (9326)
SB 060
09:30-10:45am TR

This seminar will explore questions surrounding the origin and evolution of important aspects of human cognition and behavior.  Theoretical perspectives that apply an evolutionary perspective to understanding human behavior will be discussed and critically evaluated. These have historically been controversial, as have the research programs that they inspire. This class will explore how evolutionary perspectives have informed an understanding of where our behavior comes from, why we behave the way we do, and to what extent our behavior is or has been modifiable. We will also discuss what this research might mean, if anything, for society. Topics to be addressed will include: the history of attempts to apply an evolutionary perspective to human behavior, the concept of inclusive fitness, evolutionary models of altruism, human sexual behavior and mating strategies from an evolutionary perspective, modularity in cognition, mental disease from an evolutionary perspective, human brain evolution and evolutionary models used to explain it (e.g., language, sociality, dietary shifts, and other behavioral adaptations), archaeological evidence of human behavioral evolution, the importance of cultural evolution, and the complex interplay between evolved predispositions and learned behavior over evolutionary time. We will also explore the ideas of emergence and “complex adaptive systems” as applied to human behavior. Participants will have the opportunity to take an active role in influencing the direction of the seminar towards areas of their particular interest. The goal of the seminar will be to integrate research from many fields of inquiry. There are no prerequisites, other than an interest in understanding evolutionary perspectives on human behavior.
The course is limited to upper level undergraduates and graduate students, or permission from the instructor.

B600 Ancient DNA in Anthropology
Kaestle (14595)
SB 060
04:00-06:15pm W

This course explores the field of ancient DNA research, including an historical perspective on the development of the science, and a review of the current trends and exciting new results. The ability to access ancient molecules (not only DNA but also proteins, lipids, and other interesting molecules) has opened new doors in our understanding of the prehistory of our planet. This course will focus on applications within Anthropology, but will also touch on palaeontological and forensic applications of this science, and will include discussion of the work currently in progress in the instructor's Ancient DNA laboratory in the IU Institute of Molecular Biology. Grades are based on discussion participation, five written critical commentaries on assigned readings, and a research paper, with each component contributing one-third of the course grade. Although there are no specific prerequisites for the course, I will assume a good knowledge of bioanthropology as well as some basic genetics. This course requires a significant amount of reading of primary literature.

B602 Paleopathology
Cook (30391)
SB 260
02:30-05:00pm F

Instructor Authorization is required.
This course deals with the identification and description of disease in ancient populations. Analysis of human skeletal remains is stressed, but we will also discuss comparative pathology, paleodemography, mummified tissues, and analysis of visual and textual representations of disease. B200, B301, and permission are required for undergraduates registered in this course.
1. Each student will prepare a seminar presentation on a topic in paleopathology, with demonstration of specimens and techniques where this is appropriate, and a bibliography for distribution to class members. I will provide you with models for your presentation during the first three meetings. You should meet with me during the first week of class to choose a topic and discuss how to go about finding resources.
2. There are weekly written lab exercises weeks 2 through 12. These stress practice in describing lesions and mastery of technical vocabulary. Please post your lab exercises on the bulletin board. Read your colleagues' essays and discuss writing issues among yourselves to build your skills.
3. Everyone is expected to participate in discussion of assigned readings. Prepare for class each week by developing a question or comment to contribute to the seminar. Expect two article-length readings each week. You should read the related sections of Aufderheide and Rodriguez each week as well. Use this text as a reference book as you read the assigned readings.
4. The focus of the course is a guided research project. This is due in oral summary and written form at our last meeting. The written version should conform to an appropriate journal style, for example AJPA or IJOA. You will spend the second half of the course on your research project. It may or may not relate to your seminar presentation.
Many of the research projects from previous semesters have resulted in publications on meetings presentations. We will plan research projects with this goal in mind. Both case studies and surveys of a category of pathological change in one or more ancient groups are appropriate.
Aufderheide and Rodriguez: Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology
Ortner: Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains



L500 Proseminar in Lang & Culture
Graber (30406)
SB 060
01:25-03:40pm M

This graduate-level seminar is an intensive introduction to the anthropological study of language. In it we examine language as a cultural system and speech as a socially embedded communicative practice through which social relations and cultural forms are constituted. We pay particular attention to the key concepts of text and context. What exactly is a text? What do we really mean when we talk about sociocultural context or when we claim to be contextualizing ethnographic knowledge? Other topics include the relation of language to other sign systems, speech acts and performativity, speech genres, ritual language, oratory, language and politics, and ideologies of language. This seminar has several goals: (1) to help you develop a critical awareness of the place of language in the constitution of social relations; (2) to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice in the field of linguistic anthropology; and (3) to provide the resources you’ll need to understand and evaluate contemporary research in this field.

L502 Anth Linguistics II: Structure of Maliseet-Passamaquoddy
LeSourd (30407)
WH 016
04:00-05:15pm TR

The topic for Spring 2016 is the structure of Maliseet-Passamaquoddy, a Native American language of the Algonquian family spoken in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. The course will cover aspects of the phonology of the language, including its complex system of stress assignment and syncope, as well as its pitch accent system It will also deal with issues in the morphology and syntax of the language such as direct and inverse voice, the structure of noun phrases, unbounded dependency constructions, and discontinuous constituents.

L511 Elementary Lakota (Sioux) Language II
Parks (30375)
SB 138
4:00-05:15pm MWF

This course is the 2nd in a four-semester sequence designed to introduce students to the language and culture of an American Indian people, the Lakota (Western Sioux) of North and South Dakota. Study is designed around an introductory Lakota language textbook, weekly lessons, tape recordings, and readings on Lakota culture. The course requires both oral and written exercises (inside and outside the classroom), and will teach both speaking and reading.

L600 Language & Identity in C. Eurasia
Graber (13073)
BH 018
02:30-03:45pm TR

Some of the most central and impassioned struggles in contemporary Central Eurasian societies concern languages and the publics that they mark or create. From Estonia to Kazakhstan to the Russian Far East, language has taken on tremendous importance as a marker of ethnic affiliation, local and national pride, and a host of shifting social allegiances. This seminar explores how language is (and languages are) used to accomplish economic, political, and sociocultural ends in the region—both at the macro level, such as to assert the territorial sovereignty of new post-Soviet nation-states, and at the micro level, such as to stake out new individual identities on factory floors and in grocery stores. Topics covered include multilingualism; regional ethnolinguistic categories; the relationship between language policy and nationalities policy; gendered language; code choice in interactions; the politics of translation; poetics; standardization; and language shift, endangerment, and revitalization. Throughout the course, we will connect the fine-grained ethnography of interactions to broader socioeconomic and political processes.



E322 Peoples of Brazil
Brondizio (30394)
AC C102
09:30-10:45am MW

Above class carries Graduate Credit

Brazil is a nation of contrasts and colors, richness and poverty, diversity and unity, promises and challenges. This course will introduce you to contemporary Brazil. We will examine the interconnections of Brazil’s political and economic histories, geography and socio-demography, environment, socio-cultural diversity and current social dilemmas. 
Learning goals: I expect you to leave this course with the following accomplishments:
-A historical understanding of Brazil, including sociocultural formation, demographic history, political transitions, and economic history
-A basic understanding of Brazilian geography and environment, including understanding Brazil’s regional social diversity and economy.
-A understanding of socio-cultural diversity and daily life in urban and rural contemporary Brazil, including an understanding of Brazil's current development challenges and dilemmas.
-A critical understanding of social and economic inequality and the development challenges facing Brazil today.

E500 Proseminar in Cultural and Social Anth
Friedman (12202)
AD A152
02:30-04:45pm T

This required course for sociocultural graduate students will examine contemporary theories and practices in cultural and social anthropology. While focused on the works of anthropologists themselves, the seminar will also engage important theorists in other disciplines who have influenced the trajectory of anthropological thinking and research. Rather than a survey of theoretical and methodological concerns, the class will look in detail at key concepts and approaches that have motivated the field. As we examine the relationships among theory, ethnographic practice, and historical context, we will explore how key approaches have shaped the questions we ask and evaluate their consequences for our discipline and for the worlds we live in.

E502 Intro to Performance
Seizer (33292)
SB 060
10:55am-01:10pm M

This course is a graduate-level introduction to performance-oriented perspectives on the study of social life. We will explore the principal conceptions of performance that shape performance studies in the humanities and social sciences, with attention to their intellectual history, their descriptive and analytic foci, and their potential for capturing what interests us in performance. Specifically, we will consider (1) performance as practice; (2) performance as performativity; (3) performance as theatricality; (4) performance as artful communication; and (5) performance as display event. We will balance our attention between the exploration of theoretical and analytical perspectives  on the one hand, and ethnographic case-study examination of specific performance forms on the other. In attending to the latter, we will pay particular attention to how scholars represent their own relation to the material they present, and the interaction between observer and observed, and whether this too might be seen as a performance.

E593 World Fiction & Cultural Anth
Sterling (30351) 1st 8 weeks
SB 131
5:45-8:00pm MW

This course links literature and anthropology as means of understanding culture. Ethnographic writing and world fiction – novels, short stories, poems, myths, folktales – are analyzed for what they may differentially reveal about the social, cultural and political lives of peoples around the world. The course includes three sections. The first explores recent anthropological writings that have re-evaluated the relationship between fiction and ethnography. The second considers how aspects of social identity –such as race, ethnicity, gender and religion – have been represented in ethnography, fiction, and other works located ambiguously in between. The third section considers fictional and anthropological writing that explore human experience particularly in relation to the state. Among the regions represented are Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the United States. Among the issues discussed are colonialism, war, socialism, and immigration. Several documentaries and brief readings will also be included in the course.

E600 Seminar on States & Societies in CA & ME
Shahrani (12371)
GY 407
04:00-06:30pm R

In this seminar relationship between the institutions of state and civil society in the newly independent states of Muslim Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey will be comparatively examined.  Varying concepts, structures, political economies, and ideological justifications for the historically extant and changing forms of states and their relations with their subjects/citizens in the region will be discussed.  The consequences of differing interventionist state policies such as extraction and distribution of goods and services, administrative integration, as well as production of knowledge, formation of personal and collective identities (gender, ethnic, religious-sectarian, national, etc.), and the shaping of political  discourses  of  modernism will be explored.  Forms of resistance within civil societies to state interventions and the resulting impact upon the organizational structure and functions of states and "nation-building" processes as well as state failures, outside military interventions will also be systematically examined.

            The first part of the seminar will be devoted to the critical reading and discussion of: a) general theoretical and methodological literature on relationships between states and societies, both in the West and in the Muslim world; and b) a significant body of recent historical and ethnographic studies on the region.  The second part of the seminar will consist of student project presentations.

Required Readings (some reading may vary):

Aradhana Sharma and Akhil Gupta, eds.   The Anthropology of the State: A Reader
Michael Edwards,       Civil Society
Toraj Atabaki, ed.      The Sate and the Subaltern: Modernization and the State in Turkey and Iran
Said Amir Arjomand, ed.  Constitutional Politics in the Middle East: With Special Reference to Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan
Ali Banuazizi & Myron Weiner, eds.  The State, Religion and Ethnic Politics: Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. (1986)
Conrad Schetter, ed.   Local Politics in Afghanistan: A Century of Intervention in the Social Order            
Olivier Roy                 The New Central Asia: The Creation of Nations
Laura Adams,             The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan (Politics, History and Culture)
Madeleine Reeves       Border Works: Spatial Lives of the States in Rural Central Asia (Culture and Society after Socialism)

E600 Res Design & Proposal Writing Anthropology
Brondizio (27292)
SB 050
01:00-03:15pm W

Learning goals:
1. Prepare a competitive research proposal that can be submitted to an agency or foundation for doctoral dissertation research. To do so multiple drafts will be written, submitted, reviewed and resubmitted as part of developing a competitive proposal.

2. Students will become familiar with major funding agencies, and their diverse ways of announcing funding opportunities, and the procedures and style of submission that are unique to some of the major ones.

3. Understand how social scientists reconcile their traditional methods of site-specific research with the demands placed upon them by agendas that expect research to have broader significance. Using students’ proposals as examples, the course reviews the methodologies used by social scientists, particularly anthropologists.

4. Understand how review panels are constituted, how the review process works, and how to engage in the process of revise and resubmit in order to be responsive to reviewers and address limitations of submitted proposals and constantly improve them.

5. Understand the process of proposal writing and human subject’s approval at IU.

NOTE: ANTH E600 and ANTH P502 will meet at the same time and place.  Prof. Brondizio and Prof. King will together attend all classes and will integrate their course material in order to provide a broad introduction to research design and proposal writing in anthropology.  Since many of the ideas and mechanics of proposal writing are the same, we hope that this joint structure will help students in the class to think more widely about their research questions and methods, and will challenge them to make their work compelling to readers both inside and outside their primary areas of specialty.  We also hope that this co-teaching format will build a wider departmental community of grant writers and will result in more competitive proposals for dissertation research.  Please enroll in the course specific to your subfield if you are in social/cultural or archaeology.  If you are in bioanth or linguistic anth or are in another department, please enroll in the course section that is most related to your area of interest.  Please contact Prof. Brondizio ( or Prof. King ( if you have any questions about enrollment.

E606 Research Methods in Cultural Anth
Osterhoudt (12212)
SB 060
01:25-03:40pm W

This graduate course will introduce students to a wide variety of research methods, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies and ethnography. We will consider the multiple stages of designing and carrying out research: defining a field site, formulating a research question, choosing appropriate methodologies, navigating fieldwork, and analyzing and writing up data. Topics will include participant observation, oral histories, comparative ethnographic research, interview and survey design, participatory research, and spatial analysis. We will also discuss ethics of field research, and ways to share research results both with your fieldwork communities and with the broader public. Throughout the course, students will complete individual and group assignments, including a semester-long final research project.

E613 Global Africa
Buggenhagen (32628)
GA 0003
01:25-03:40pm F

If prevailing scholarship grapples with the precarious position of postcolonial African societies faced with rapidly changing economic and political orders on a global scale, how do contemporary perspectives, if at all, address the everyday experiences of African women and men? Through comparative and interdisciplinary discussions we will consider recent ethnographies of the African continent that address contemporary debates over: theorizing Africa, locating African productive and creative practices (in cities, in unregulated economic spaces, within households), understanding social relationships in and out of marriage, and religious thought and practices.