Syllabus 2021 (Finalized Sept 1st)
Anthropology 244a Fall 2021
Professor Erik Harms
Course Meetings: T,Th 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Teaching Fellow: Vanessa Koh
Office hours: Thursday, 10:30-12:30, room 204
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-4 pm
Room 120, 10 Sachem St
|Location: WTS A48 - Watson Center 60 Sachem Street A48||
Department of Anthropology
10 Sachem Street
THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD IN PERSON
Default will be to not record sessions, unless an expressed need arises for accessibility reasons.
Enrollment will be capped at 18.
Course Canvas page: https://yale.instructure.com/courses/69385
Reading Signup page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_m5uU0AoMXvURplWqb6cI4oOiBJ3vWNgorD…
Course Collaboration Page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RGE6lwqhEEk3NpxGxvBZbBdr6l4L6BDt9XHQ…
GRADING AND COURSE WORK
- Major assignments are indicated in the chart below, and include blogging assignments, one short essay concerning a Southeast Asian news event chosen by the student, and one independent research paper on a topic chosen by the student. A map assignment will be worth 50 points. Students will also contribute five short responses on select course readings, worth 10 points each. Students will select which five readings they would like to write about after week two.
- Attendance and classroom participation are essential to success in the course, and students who fail to attend all class meetings, or who consistently arrive late or fail to participate, will see their final course grade affected.
|Date Due||Topic||Weight of Paper|
|Periodic (2 per semester)||Reading Responses||25 X 2 = 50|
|All Semester||Classroom Participation and Preparation||100|
|Tuesday Sept. 21||Map Assignment||50|
|Friday, Oct. 15th||Ripped from the Headlines Paper||100|
|Dec. 2 and Dec. 7||Final Paper Draft and Presentation||50|
|Friday Dec. 10th||Final Research Paper||200|
- Students must attend all of the scheduled classes, unless excused in advance by the instructor. Students anticipating the need to miss class for religious holidays or for approved participation in University athletics should inform the instructor during the first two weeks of class.
- Students must hand in papers on time at the beginning of class on the date indicated on this syllabus. Unless otherwise indicated, papers should be double-spaced, using standard 12 point font, with 1 inch margins. Unexcused late papers will not receive anything higher than a “B”. Students anticipating the need for an extension must forewarn the instructor at least one week in advance. On occasion, I will ask you to submit papers online using the “canvas” course website or via email. In addition, for several of the writing assignments, students will be asked to post revised versions to the course website, which is viewable by the public. Papers or assignments submitted electronically through canvas should always be saved as Microsoft Word documents with standardized filenames according to the following format:
- Unless otherwise noted, the readings indicated for a particular week should be completed by the first class meeting of the week.
- Don’t plagiarize! Students should be familiar with Yale’s policy on academic integrity, located in the student handbook (pages 42-44):
- Note that the readings for the course are actually physically stored on the canvas website, in the “files” section of canvas. If a link to the reading from the webpage is not working does not work, you can find the reading there.
- On an experimental basis, I will be periodically uploading map-based lecture notes and study guides. Students wishing to access those will need the free version of Google Earth, available at:
PART ONE: Geographical, Social-Cultural, and Political Diversity
- Padawangi, Rita, and Mike Douglass. 2015. “Water, Water Everywhere: Toward Participatory Solutions to Chronic Urban Flooding in Jakarta.” Pacific Affairs 88 (3): 517-550.
- Padwe, Jonathan. 2020. “Cambodia’s Northeast Hills.” In Distrurbed Forests, Fragmented Memories: Jarai and Other Lives in the Cambodian Highlands, 26-47. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Week 3: Ethno-Linguistic Diversity (As well as Ethnonationalism, Racism, and also “Spacism”)
- , and in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
- Anderson, Benedict. (1996) “Census, Map, Museum.” In Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. New York: Verso.
- Scott, James C. (2009). Hills, Valleys, and States. in The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven, Yale University Press: 1-39.
- in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Geertz, Clifford (1960). Selections on Javanese Language. The Religion of Java. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
- Rafael, Vicente L. 1995. “Taglish, or the Phantom Power of the Lingua Franca.” Public Culture 8 (1): 101-126.
- Hsieh, Jessica. (2011). Speak Good English Lah!: Prescriptive language policy in Singapore. New Haven, Student Final Paper Modern Southeast Asia, Yale University:1-14.
**Ripped from the Headlines Assignment: Begin slowly posting blog posts about SEA Media. Eah student should have made 4 posts by Friday, Oct. 8th.**
- Shohet, Merav. “Everyday Sacrifice and Language Socialization in Vietnam: The Power of a Respect Particle.” American Anthropologist, vol. 115, no. 2, 2013, pp. 203-217.
- Carsten, Janet (1995). The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi. American Ethnologist. 22(2): 223-241.
- Conklin, Harold. (2011 ). Maling, a Hanunóo Girl from the Philippines. . K. M. Adams and K. A. Gillogly. Bloomington, IN, Indiana University
- and in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Brenner, Suzanne (1995). Why Women Rule the Roost: Rethinking Javanese Ideologies of Gender and Self-Control. Bewitching Women, Pious men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia. Aihwa Ong and Michael Peletz, Ed. Berkeley, University of California Press: 19-50.
- Cannell, Fenella (1999). “Beauty and the Idea of America” Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
- (Optional) Peletz, Michael (1994). Neither Reasonable nor Responsible: Contrasting Representations of Masculinity in a Malay Society. Cultural Anthropology. 9(2): 135-178.
- Rudnyckyj, Daromir. (2009). “Spiritual Economies: Islam and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Indonesia.” 24(1): 104-141.
- Smith-Hefner, Nancy. J. (2007). “Javanese Women and the Veil in Post-Soeharto Indonesia.” 66(2): 389-420.
- Cannell, Fenella (1999). The Funeral of the ‘Dead Christ’. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 165-182.
- and in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Keyes, Charles (1995). Selections on Theravada Buddhism. The Golden Peninsula: Culture and Adaptation in Mainland Southeast Asia. Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press: 78-90; 113-126.
- Soucy, Alexander. 2006. “Consuming loc—creating on: Women, offerings and symbolic capital in northern Vietnam.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 35 (1): 107-131.
- Selections from Southeast Asian Constitutions
- Reyes, Victoria. 2019. “Born in the Shadow of Bases.” In Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines, 105-123. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Each Student in the class should read Sections of this text relevant to their own interests: Owen, Norman G. et al (2005). Industrialization and its Implications; Human Consequences of the Economic “Miracle”; Malaysia Since 1957; Singapore and Brunei; Indonesia: The First Fifty Years; The Kingdom of Thailand; The Philippines since 1972; Vietnam after 1975; Cambodia since 1975; Laos since 1975; Burma Becomes Myanmar. The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press: 379-506.
- ASEAN Declaration and ASEAN vision 2020
- Zakaria, Fareed (1994). Culture is Destiny: A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew.Foreign Affairs. 73(2): 109-126.
- Chua Beng Huat (2017) “Introduction,” Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
**Ripped from the Headlines Assignment: Be sure to have uploaded four blog posts about SEA Media by Friday, Oct. 8th.**
PART TWO: Political Economy and Conflicting Experiences of Modernity
- Kiernan, Ben (2004). The Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979. A Century of Genocide Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts. Samuel Totten et al, Ed. New York, Routledge: 338-373.
- Zani, L. (2018). Bomb Ecologies. Environmental Humanities, 10(2), 528-531.
View film in Class: New Year Baby, A Film by Socheata Poev (2008). 57 minutes version: https://search.library.yale.edu/catalog/8336081?counter=3
- Prasse-Freeman, Elliott. 2021. “Necroeconomics: dispossession, extraction, and indispensable/expendable laborers in contemporary Myanmar.” The Journal of Peasant Studies:1-31.
- Thawda Aye Lei. “In the Heat of Laughter.” Adi Magazine, no. Spring, 2021.
- Aung, Geoffrey. “Dead Generations.” n+1 Magazine, April 8th 2021.
Tuesday, October 19: What Counts as Resistance? Southeast Asian Agricultural Diversity and Agricultural capitalism
- Zhou, Taomu. 2019. “Who Are the Chinese in the Book?” In Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia, and the Cold War, 5-11. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- Carruthers, Andrew M. 2019. “Policing Intensity.” Public Culture 31 (3): 469-496.
- Menon, Alka V. 2019. “Cultural gatekeeping in cosmetic surgery: Transnational beauty ideals in multicultural Malaysia.” Poetics 75: 101354.
- Two or three peer-reviewed articles of your choice on the topic of your final paper
There will be an in-class exercise in small groups to discuss some of the ideas emerging from your reading of sources for your papers.
- Lapcharoensap, Rattawut (2004). Farangs. Over there: how America sees the world. London, Granta: 189-203.
- Please bring to class one image that you feel “captures” your final paper. The image can come from any source, but please have it in a digital form (Like .tiff, .pdf, .jpg)
In class we will discuss the short story and also engage in some creative descriptive free-writing, using the image you bring as a prompt to get you thinking about your papers.
PART THREE: The (Dark) Arts of Change
- Harms, Erik (2012) “Beauty as Control” in American Ethnologist 29(4): 735-750.
- Dove, Michael (1996). Rice-Eating Rubber and People-Eating Governments.Ethnohistory. 43(1): 33-63.
- Pramodya Ananta Toer (1996). My Kampung [Kampungku]. Indonesia. 61(April): 25-32.
- Ong, Aihwa (1987). “Selections” Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia. Albany: State University of New York: 179-221.
- Ho Anh Thai (2001). The Goat Meat Special. Old Truths, New Revelations. K. K. Seet and Asean Committee on Culture and Information, Eds. Singapore, Times Books International: 318-326.
- Wong, Cyril (2015 ). The Boy with the Flower the Grew out of His Ass. Singapore, Math Paper Press. [**Note, this copy contains an essay and the story itself. You only have to read the story, but can read the essay if you like**]
- Mrázek, Jan (2000). More than a Picture: The Instrumental Quality of the Shadow Puppet. Studies in Southeast Asian Art: Essays in Honor of Stanley J. O’Connor. Stanley J. O’Connor, Nora A. Tayloret al, Eds. Ithaca, N.Y., Southeast Asia Program Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University. Studies on Southeast Asia no. 29: 49-73.
- Taylor, Nora (1999). ‘Pho’ Phai and Faux Phais: The Market for Fakes and the Appropriation of a Vietnamese National Symbol. Ethnos. 64(2): 232-248.
- Lockard, Craig. (1998). “Thailand.” in Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in Southeast Asia. Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press.
- Before class, please post a link to the shared class google slide with at least 2 slides, each containing a favorite song from Southeast Asia (past, present, or future). If you don’t have a favorite song from Southeast Asia, ask a family member, a friend, a lover or even an enemy to suggest some. If you feel inspired, consider picking a song that might work as the “soundtrack” to the paper you are writing for this class.
- Here’s the link to the Southeast Asian Musical Extravaganza
- Koh, Vanessa. 2019. “Making Nature: The Creation of Land in Singapore.” National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. [Read “Introduction” and “Research Questions and Objectives” and skim the rest.]
- Koh, Vanessa. 2021. “Political Grains of Sand: A Granular Approach to Sovereign Grounds from Cambodia to Singapore.” Chapter Two of Dissertation.
In class, Vanessa will spend about 15 minutes presenting and contextualizing some of the research, and then we will engage in an open discussion of the chapter, as well as the research process more generally.