Anthropology and Alterity

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Anthropology and Alterity

The aim of the course is to introduce students to contemporary debates in social/cultural anthropology which have furthered our understanding of the fundamental question of the discipline with which students may be familiar from other courses: namely how to conceptualize the Other without recourse to Self´s ethnocentric categories of thought and practice, and how – indeed why - is an Other to be defined? However, mapping this debate often associated with a turn to ontology through a body of thought and ethnographic materials broaching sub-disciplines, genres and geographical settings, will only form one component of the course. Another will lay great stress on encouraging students´ ability to appropriate and apply such conceptual reflexivity while engaging with course materials and own (preferably ethnographic) research.  So while a major portion of the course will demand of students to study theoretical exposé, theory will in this instance provide a means for a better grasp of the anthropology´s uniquely reflexive methodology: its disciplinary hallmark.