ANTHROPOLOGY OF EUROPE
ANTH 498K/ B
Department of Sociology
Montréal, January-April 2007
Dr. Gedis Lankauskas
Office location and hours:
H 1125-38, Mondays 4-6pm
Class location and time:
LS 324, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:45-4pm
This course will explore current anthropological approaches to
“the new Europe”, focusing in particular on
socio-cultural and politico-economic changes that have taken place on
this continent since the demise of the socialist Bloc in 1989. We will
examine these changes in relation to globalization and
transnationalism, and will theorize them as processes that implicate
the past, present, and future in both complementing and conflicting
ways. Our overall objective is to gain a better understanding of the
complex dynamics of the ongoing transformation through close reading
and analysis of recent ethnographic accounts concerned with Europe,
both “East” and “West”.
Neo-nationalism, resurgence of religiosity, reconfiguration of gender
identities, changing consumer practices, migration, shifting borders of
the European Union are some of the topics to be covered. Lectures and
in-class discussions will be supplemented with several documentaries.
In this course we will use a readings package which is available at the
Concordia Bookstore. I strongly urge you to begin reading well in
advance of each week’s seminar. I will announce in class and
on the Moodle course website if there are any changes in the reading
assignments. It is your responsibility to keep track of any such
changes. Your knowledge and comprehension of the readings will be
tested in writing on April
2, as well as in seminar discussions throughout the term.
OUTLINE AND PRESENTATION
Each student will prepare an oral presentation based on an ethnographic
study examining some aspect of “the new Europe”. In
the presentation, the student will summarize the content and key
arguments of the selected ethnography and will provide a critical
assessment of it. Three
days before the presentation, the student will supply an
outline of his or her talk with several key quotations from the
ethnography he or she is assessing. The outline will be posted on
Moodle as a “presentation guide” for other students
in the course. The presentation should not exceed 45 mins.
Students will write up their presentations in a critical review essay
which is due on April 4.
This essay should be approximately 10-12 double-spaced pages exclusive
of bibliography. Non-scholarly web-based resources –
websites, webpages, blogs, and the like – must not constitute
more than 20% of the essay bibliography. You must use the AAA/Chicago
citation style in your essay (guidelines on Moodle). POSITIVELY NO
Review essay should demonstrate that you:
- have researched your topic extensively and are familiar with the
- can reason critically;
- are able to formulate an argument and back it up with pertinent
- are able to link your research to the themes, theories, concepts,
etc, covered in the course;
- capable of presenting your research and critical insights in a
coherent, logical, and grammatical narrative;
- use the AAA/Chicago citation style consistently.
Your participation is very important in this course! You are expected
to attend all classes, to ask questions, to engage in debate with the
instructor and your fellow students, to offer critical and constructive
commentary on the assigned readings, and to be otherwise actively
involved. Your absence or passive presence will be noticed!
Presentation outline 10%
Ethnography Review 30%
DISTRIBUTION OF GRADES
VERY IMPORTANT! READ THIS CAREFULLY!
Written assignments WILL
NOT BE ACCEPTED after the established due date, unless the
instructor receives valid documentation as proof of illness or other
serious reason for late submission. Five (5) percentage points will be
deducted for each day past the due date. Papers more than five (5) days
overdue – this includes Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
– will not be accepted!
There are no makeup assignments in this course! The final grade is
comprised of the five components listed above.
No email submissions please! Hard copies only!
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be handled in
strict accordance with Concordia’s Code of Academic Conduct;
please see http://web2.concordia.ca/Legal_Counsel/policies/english/AC/Code.html
On how to avoid plagiarism and for a citation guide, refer to http://cdev.concordia.ca/CnD/studentlearn/Help/handouts/WritingHO/AvoidingPlagiarism.html
The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF LECTURES,
READINGS, AND FILMS
and introduction to the course
Anthropology and Europe
Goddard, V., Llobera, J., and Shore, C.
1996 Introduction: The Anthropology of
Europe. Chapter 1. In The
Anthropology of Europe: Identities and Boundaries in Conflict.
Goddard, V. et al., eds., pp. 1-40. Oxford: Berg.
Asad, T., Fernandez, J., Herzfeld, M., Lass, A., Rogers, S.R.,
Shneider, J., and Verdery, K.
1997 Provocations of European Ethnology. In American Anthropologist
Nationalism and Ethnicity
Wicker, Hans-Rudolf , ed.
1997 …. Chapter …., pp. …. In Rethinking Nationalism and
Ethnicity: The Struggle for Meaning and Order in Europe.
2005 Welcome to the New Europe. In American
Ethnologist 32 (4):521-523.
2005 Between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Some Thoughts on the New
Europe. In American
2004 Does French Islam Have Borders? Dilemmas of Domestication in a
Global Religious Field. In American
2002 On “Modern” Christians, Consumption, and the
Value of National Identity in Post-Soviet Lithuania. In Ethnos
2004 Constituted through Conflict: Images of Community (and Nation) in
Bulgarian Rural Ritual. In American
1996 Champagne and Chocolate: “Taste” and Inversion
in a French Wedding Ritual. In American
Memory, Place, Personhood
2004 Blessed Be the Car! Routes, Memory and Identity in a Mountain
“Enclosure”. In Journal of the Society for the
Anthropology of Europe 4(1): 24-36,
2006 Sensuous (Re)Collections: The Sight and Taste of Socialism at
Grūtas Statue Park, Lithuania. In The
Senses and Society 1(1):27-52.
1995 Gender Ideology and Nationalism in the Culture and Politics of
Iceland. In American
2000 The Prague Experience: Gay Male Sex Tourism and the Neocolonial
Invention of an Embodied Border. In Altering States: Ethnographies
of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
Berdahl, D., et al. eds., pp. 70-95. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan
Film Diamonds in the
NO CLASS! WINTER BREAK
Health and Illness
2002 Life Politics
after Chernobyl. In Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl.
Chapter 1, pp. 1-33. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Health in Post-Soviet Russia: The Politics of Intervention.
Introduction, pp. 1-31.
Film Chernobyl and After.
Chapman, J. and Dolukhanov, P.
1992 The Baby and the Bathwater: Pulling the Plug on Migrations. In American Anthropologist
Jaro, S., Moutsou, C., and Kopnina, H., eds.
2006 …… Chapter …., pp.
….. In Crossing
European boundaries: Beyond Conventional Geographical Categories.
New York: Berghahn Books.
Film Living with
1999 (N)ostalgie for the Present: Memory, Longing, and East German
Things. In Ethnos
2005 To Be Happy in a Mercedes: Tropes of Value and Ambivalent Visions
of Marketization. In American
Film Goodbye, Lenin!
2000 Creating the People’s Europe: Symbols, History, and
Chapter 2, pp. 40-65. In Building
Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration. New
Belier, I. and Wilson, T., eds.
2000 An Anthropology of
the European Union: Building, Imagining and Experiencing the New Europe.
Chapter 1, pp. 1-27. New York: NYU Press.
=== FINAL TEST ===
4 Concluding Discussion
=== ETHNOGRAPHY REVIEW DUE ===
1996 Tradition and
Modernity in the Mediterranean: The Wedding as Symbolic Struggle.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
1992 Belonging in the
Two Berlins: Kin, State, Nation. Cambridge: Cambridge
2004 Symptoms of
Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth Century Vienna.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
2004 Not by Bread
Alone: Social Support in the New Russia. Berkeley:
University of California Press.
1997 The New Racism in
Europe: A Sicilian Ethnography. New York: Cambridge
1999 Queer in
Russia: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other. Durham, NC:
Duke University Press.
2003 A Market Out of
Place? Remaking Economic, Social, and Symbolic Boundaries in
Post-Communist Lithuania. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Europeans: Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta.
1995 Education and
Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ten Dyke, Elizabeth
2001 Dresden: Paradoxes
of Memory and History. New York: Routledge.
2007 Waiting for
Macedonia. Identity in a Changing World. Peterborough, ON:
1995 Launching Europe:
An Ethnography of European Cooperation in Space Science.
Princeton: Princeton University Press.