ANT431H5F Special Problems in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology (SSc)

This course is offered in the Fall 2020 term.

Topic title: Crisis and its continuities

Instructor: Tessa Bonduelle

This class explores crisis and its continuities. Crisis is often defined and understood publicly as a temporary and extreme event, a disaster or a catastrophe that marks a moment of rupture, threatening life as we know it. Yet, such a definition ignores the historical processes, the everyday practices and policies, as well as the discourses that contribute to and create a “crisis.” In this class, we will ask: 1) what is a “crisis”? 2) what do crises reveal and what do they obscure? 3) what do crises produce and for who? We will situate spotlighted events—such as the COVID-19 epidemic, the European refugee crisis, the Greek debt crisis—within broader trends and routines, interrogating the taken-for-granted systems and ideologies of our contemporary world (e.g. nation, state, democracy etc.), aiming also to understand how crises are experienced differently and unequally across society.

Pre-requisite: ANT204 and (ANT206 or ANT207); or permission from the department