Theoretical exploration of anthropological research into heritage, memory, history and prehistory. Students may select archaeology or social anthropology case studies to highlight the role of theory in this research theme.
This paper is concerned with social, political and other cultural constructions of
the human past. Its approach is an innovative, cross-field anthropology. We explore
the larger research theme through the literature of social and historical anthropology,
public history, heritage management and archaeology.
Within the theme, ANTH 426 considers the concepts or categories of myth, memory, history, heritage and materiality. We consider 'tangible' and 'intangible' aspects, as well as uses and abuses of the human past. The paper structure offers students the flexibility to explore method, theory, research and thinkers from heritage studies, social anthropology and/or archaeology in set assignments. Students will develop skills in essay writing and oral academic presentation through a seminar opportunity. As well, students will gain experience and expertise in critical thinking across the broad temporal, spatial and intellectual reach of anthropology.
|Paper title||Anthropology and the Past|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 72 300-level ANTH or ARCH points
- ARCH 404
- Limited to
- BA(Hons), PGDipArts
- May not be credited together with ANTH410 passed in 2012 or ARCH410 passed in 2013.
- Paper Structure
- The first part of the paper considers how materials, memories and ideas of - or about - the past have contributed to the institutions and agendas of the nation-state (including recently emerged states); to Marxist, feminist, LGBT, post-colonial and anti-racist scholarship; and to the politics and well-being (or not) of local communities, including Indigenous peoples. The latter part of the paper considers important intellectual developments and thinkers in the anthropology of the past, including archaeologists and other anthropologists.
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Ian
Dr Tim Thomas
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Course outline
- Please contact the Course Co-ordinator.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- In-depth understanding of anthropological ideas about the past and their sociocultural situation from the scholarship of sociocultural anthropology, heritage studies and archaeology.