Giving and Taking: Anthropology and Archaeology of Circulation and Exchange (ARC3124)

StaffDr Marisa Lazzari - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesNot taken ARC2124
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to develop an appreciation of the role of circulatory practices in the interweaving of people and communities at various levels in different moments of human history, from interpersonal level to wider collective and even global scales. It aims at deepening students understanding of the principles and methodologies involved in tracing these connections empirically as well as in the theoretical models necessary for their interpretation. In this way, the module seeks to develop a critical understanding of the role of human connectivity and its implications in a variety of spheres of practices, from culture and the arts to economics and global flows of capital, in order to highlight commonalities and contrasts between modern and ancient lives

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Critically assess the different theories and perspectives developed to account for the movement of things and materials across space
  • 2. Understand the social relevance of such movements both in contemporary and past societies
  • 3. Critically assess the relevance of these frameworks in specific case studies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Critically reflect on the complex practices of circulation developed by human societies in a variety of contexts and time periods
  • 5. Integrate interdisciplinary approaches to build interpretations about circulating objects and materials

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Compare and synthesise opposing views on complex topics
  • 7. Show initiative and originality in tackling and solving research problems
  • 8. Take part in group discussions, posing pertinent questions
  • 9. Take part in group discussions, posing pertinent questions Organise work efficiently with respect to deadlines

Syllabus plan

  1. Why study circulation? Defining terms: circulation, Exchange, trade, culture and translation
  2. Object lives: why and how things move around
  3. Classification, value and exchange: the social lives of things
  4. Objects re-contextualised: translating culture and authenticity
  5. Archaeological approaches 1: earlier studies
  6. Archaeological approaches 2: recent developments
  7. Workshop 1. Reading ethnographies of circulation and exchange
  8. Landscape & circulation:  Examples from the Andes
  9. Cultural heritage, circulation & recognition: the poison in the gift
  10. Workshop 2. Class debate: What can we learn from ancient circulation in order to understand its role in the contemporary world?

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
191310

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching168 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching22 x 1 hour workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching1Tutorial
Guided independent study131Guided independent study, including reading, research and preparation for lectures, workshops and assignments.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
preparatory readings for class participation weekly4,6,8Verbal feedback from module instructor and peers
specific readings for workshop debatefor 2 workshops3,6,8Verbal feedback from module instructor and peers

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
70030

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual presentation3015 minutes1,2,3,6,7,9Mark and written feedback
Written assignment702500 words1,2,3,5,6,7,9Mark and written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PresentationPresentation OR essay1,2,3,6,7,9Refer/Defer period
AssignmentAssignment1,2,3,5,6,7,9Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Appadurai, A.1988. The Social Life of Things. CUP

Bourdieu, P. 1990. An Outline of a Theory of Practice. CUP

Humphrey, and Hugh-Jones. Barter, Exchange and Value. CUP

Mauss, M. 1990. The Gift. Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies.  Norton.

Malinowski, B. 1986. Argonauts of the Western Pacific. Waveland Press

Myers, F. 2005. The Empire of Things. CUP

Mayer, E. The Articulated Peasant. Household Economies in the Andes. Westview

Munn, N. The fame of Gawa. Duke University Press

Sykes, K. Arguing with Anthropology. Routledge.

Tsing, A. 2004. Friction. An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton University press.

Thomas, N. 1993. Entangled objects.  Harvard Univesity Press.

Van Bisbergen W. & P. Gescheire. 2005. Commodification: Things, Agency, and Identities: ("The Social Life of Things" revisited). LIT Verlag.

Weiner, A. 1992. Inalienable Possessions. The Paradox of Keeping-while-Giving. California University Press.

Weiss, B. The Making and un-Making of the Haya Lived World. Duke.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

March 2013

Last revision date

May 2013

Key words search

Archaeology, Anthropology, Commodification