[most classes meet from 7:20 to 9:00 in 452 Dodge. Some classes may last longer depending on the intensity of the conversation. Note that the second half of the schedule for the semester is tentative as students proposals or dissertation research presentations are scheduled]

In the first few weeks of the semester you should also check the following links where some of my current work is presented. I will often be referring to these matters:


September 6th -- Constraints and Possibilities in the anthropological imagination about the culturing of humanity - Setting up and planning

September 13th -- [READING PERIOD -- NO CLASS]



September 20th -- "Education" as collective interpretation and work for cultural transformation

Varenne, Hervé "Difficult collective deliberations Anthropological notes towards a theory of education" Teachers College Record, 2007.

Cremin, Lawrence Public Education and the Education of the Public, 1975

You may also want to look at his Public Education (1976) particularly Chapters 1 and 2. This is the most developed version of his argument)

September 27th -- Cultural facts, as they are being made, collectively and determinedly

Garfinkel, Harold Ethnomethodology's program Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2002. (Chapters 1, 6, 8)

VISITOR: Dr. Linda Lin on the project Settings for education in the inner city

related works by Garfinkel:

October 4th -- [READING PERIOD -- NO CLASS]

October 11th -- Policing and instructing agents -- Towards a new analysis of the panopticon as community (polity) of practice (see notes for "2006 event") Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1991.


October 18th -- Working the places of construction work

De Certeau The practice of everyday life. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1984 [1980]

a compatible piece illustrating what can be gained by looking for antipanoptic practices:
Miller, Daniel "Appropriating the state on the council estate," Man, 23: 353-372, 1986

VISITOR: Ms. Michelle Verma on Indo-Carribeans Hindus in Queens

October 25th -- On the conditions of metapragmatic awareness


VISITOR: Ms. Jill Koyama on commercial tutoring programs in New York City schools and the commercial/educational complex.

November 1st -- Local education (investigation, questioning, reconstructing) about cultural conditions (papers from the special issue of the Teachers College Record)

November 8th -- New constitutions of future conditions through translocal education about local education (papers from the special issue of the Teachers College Record)


November 14th -- (Deep) Play -- the possible, unpredictably

Boon, James Verging on extra-vagance ( Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999) [Preface, Chapters 1,2,4,6,10,13] (to be introduced by Ms. Lisa Le Fevre)

  • Lévi-Strauss, Claude "Father Christmas executed" in Unwrapping Christmas. Ed. by D. Miller. Oxford University Press 1993 [1952]

November 21 -- THANKSGIVING

November 29th -- NO CLASS -- AAA Meetings in Washington

December 6th--Student Work

December 13th--Student Work

Also strongly recommended:

The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities for information about registration (166 Thorndike Hall). Services are available only to students who are registered and submit appropriate documentation. As your instructor, I am happy to discuss specific needs with you as well.