Special Topics & Advanced Seminars

Topics Courses for *Winter 2021*



ANTD40H3 Topics in Emerging Scholarship in Evolutionary Anthropology

"Human, Animal, Pathogen and Heritage: Anthropological Perspectives on Physical, Cultural and Social Distancing (Instructor: A. Alaica)"

This course will explore anthropological perspectives on the processes that impact social, cultural and physical distancing. With our recent circumstances of isolation, the class will provide opportunities for students to explore processes that push human populations together and those that pull them apart. Along with course readings and class discussion, the course will provide an intellectual and cathartic setting for students to deconstruct how human societies have transformed in the past and continue to develop in the present.



Fall 2020:

ANTD15H3 Frontiers of Socio-Cultural Anthropology

“Engaging the Archive” (Instructor: K. Kilroy-Marac)

What kinds of things – stories and narratives, art objects and installations, historical accounts, speculative future radical imaginaries – do scholars, writer, and artists create from archives (and their silences)? What methodologies do they follow, and what kinds of ethical commitments guide their work? In this course, we will center feminist, queer POC, Black, and indigenous archival and archive-making practices that challenge archival power in order to reimagine past, present and future. Alongside our readings, discussion and speaker presentations, students will themselves engage in processes of creative production, both by consulting and building their own archive.


ANTD41H3 Topics in Emerging Scholarship in Socio-Cultural Anthropology

“Madness and Badness: Anthropology of Insanity, Criminality, and Confinement” (Instructor: (L. Beech)

Who determines what insanity looks like? How do societies deal with crime? How is the line between normal and abnormal imagines, articulated and (re)produced? Anthropological studies reveal that what constitutes “abnormality” is far from universal. Deviance is conceptualized, experience, and addressed differently in communities around the world. In this course, we will unsettle the often taken-for-granted categories of “madness” (insanity) and “badness” (criminality), critically assessing ideas of mental illness, irrationality, illegality and moral corruption.

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Summer 2020

ANTC88H3 S - Topics in Popular Hinduism
Vincent Brillant-Giroux - vincent.brillant.giroux@utoronto.ca

Course Abstract

This course explores the diversity of religioius experiences and daily life practices of popular Hinduism, as they relate to ritual, ancestors, pilgrimage, possession, and new religious movements, and by taking into account issues of castes, politics and globalization.