We have just concluded the second iteration of ANTH 630, New Directions in Anthropological Research, that deals with the political economy of knowledge production in institutionalized Anthropology. (The seminar is one of a required core of courses for the MA program in Anthropology, in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal–and its contents change depending on the faculty member chosen to teach it for a limited number of years.) In the winter semester of the 2014-2015 academic year, that is, from January to April of 2015, we concentrated our attention on three challenging volumes: 1) The Imperial University edited by Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira (2014); 2) Homo Academicus by Pierre Bourdieu (1990); and, 3) Ordering Africa edited by Helen L. Tilley with Robert J. Gordon (2007).

In the fall semester of 2015, we begin the third iteration of the course. We can expect a sizeable range of fairly intense books. In addition, in what is an unusual move for this seminar, we will be repeating one of the texts to be reviewed: Pierre Bourdieu’s Homo Academicus which provides an indispensable analytical framework and conceptual vocabulary that can serve well in clarifying and delineating many of the issues, and patterns, that we will find recurring across many of our other readings. Also, more resources will be added to this site, and some changes will be made to the core of the syllabus.

On the topic of readings, aside from what has been mentioned already, we are likely to also include Jack Goody’s The Expansive Moment, Thomas C. Patterson’s A Social History of Anthropology in the United States, and David H. Price’s Anthropological Intelligence (or, Dustin Wax’s edited volume, Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War). The decision will be finalized soon.

For those visiting this site for the first time, or who follow it regularly, “stay tuned” for many more reviews and commentaries to come.