Graduate Certificate Program in Anthropology and History at
Approved in September 2008, the program will launch in fall 2009.
Orin Starn is tentatively scheduled to team-teach with Tina Campt.
For several decades, historians have been turning to cultural anthropology,
and anthropologists to history, for methodological and substantive guidance.
By now a relatively large number of historians and anthropologists work within
a shared framework, asking similar questions, and seeking answers to these
questions from similar kinds of evidence. In both disciplines, it is widely
understood that cultural diversity and cultural change cannot be accounted
for either by the traditional narrative techniques of historians or by the
traditional ethnographic descriptions of anthropologists. Instead,
historians realize they must look beyond action, intention, and event, to
underlying patterns, unspoken presuppositions, institutional and discursive structures. Anthropologists realize that kinship,
ritual, social role, discourse, and belief are all subject to improvisation,
contestation, politicization, and thus to change. Scholars in both disciplines
have looked to practice theory, as developed by Bourdieu, Giddens, Ortner,
and Sewell; to postcolonial studies, as developed by Stoler, Dirks, Spivak,
on these streams of theory, anthropologists and historians strive to
come to grips with the full implications of cultural diversity and change.
The challenge is to understand what all actors in a given
context consciously know and intend as well as what they unconsciously
take for granted, what they do on purpose and what they do without reflection,
and to see how action and conflict have both intended and unintended consequences.
One goal of such research is a new kind of total history, of the kind the
Comaroffs have attempted for
Collaboration between faculty of the History and Cultural Anthropology departments at Duke has been active since the 1980s. Numerous crosslisted graduate seminars and joint work on graduate preliminary examination committees and dissertation defense committees have testified to the vital role of this collaboration for graduate training over the years.
We have now formalized this collaboration with a certificate program to ensure that students who wish to draw on the other discipline gain familiarity with the joint methods of both disciplines in a more systematic way. Students will also receive a tangible token in recognition of their accomplishments.
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. programs of either Cultural Anthropology or History wishing to earn a certificate in Anthropology and History must designate a mentor from among the affiliated faculty of the certificate program. With their mentors, students will draw up a coherent program of study leading to the certificate. Each studentís program of study must include:
Students enrolled in Ph.D programs at Duke other than those of Cultural Anthropology or History, wishing to earn a certificate in Anthropologyand History, must designate a mentor from the affiliated faculty. With their mentors, students will draw up a coherent program of study leading to the certificate. Each student's program of study must include:
Lee Baker, Cultural Anthropology