War, Nationalism, Displacement, Trauma

War, Nationalism, Displacement, Trauma

Anthropologists, at Columbia and elsewhere, have long contributed to the study of war. They have examined its causal forces, including imperial economics, resource competition and nationalism, and its malignant effects, namely displacement and trauma. They have engaged culturalist arguments for and against particular wars. And they have sought to understand the mechanisms that underly its recurrence and its operations: from stereotype and accusation to mimetic violence, and from racist humanism to gendered imperialism. They have also analyzed the transformations that have resulted from changes and developments in military technology, tracking the impact of nuclear arms as well as new forms of surveillance. 

This history is complex and contradictory. It includes Franz Boas's offers of refuge to those fleeing fascism in Europe, and Ruth Benedict's ambivalent contributions to US war intelligence on Japan during World War II. It includes Robert Murphy's and his generation's impassioned opposition to the US- and French imperial wars in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam. More recently, our colleagues have generated scholarly analyses and critiques of neo-imperial wars and the War on Terror.

Please also see our related pages on research and teaching about 'Slavery, Colonialism, and Racial Capitalism,' and 'Empires, Sates, Law and Sovereignties.'

RELATED COURSES: UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE

FREQUENTLY TAUGHT COURSES ON THESE ISSUES

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
  • 2017      MAFIAS AND OTHER DANGEROUS AFFILIATIONS
  • 3007     ARCHAEOLOGY BEFORE THE BIBLE
  • 3465     WOMEN AND GENDER POLITICS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
  • 3728     ETHNOGRAPHIES OF BLACK LIFE
  • 3821      NATIVE AMERICA
  • 3828     THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF WAR
  • 3829     ABSENT BODIES
  • 3878     NEOLIBERAL URBANISM AND THE POLITICS OF EXCLUSION
  • 3921     ANTI-COLONIALISM
  • 4001      THE ANCIENT EMPIRES
  • 4118       SETTLER COLONIALISM IN NORTH AMERICA
  • 4143      ACCUSATION
  • 4390     BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES

 

GRADUATE COURSES
  • 4001      THE ANCIENT EMPIRES
  • 4118       SETTLER COLONIALISM IN NORTH AMERICA
  • 4143      ACCUSATION
  • 4390     BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES
  • 5527     MOBILITIES PAST AND PRESENT
  • 6135      WAR AND SOCIAL THEORY
  • 6155      RIGHTING WRONGS

RELATED COURSES SUMMER 2021

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

ANTI-COLONIALSM (ANTHS3921)

 

GRADUATE COURSES

ELEMENTARY FORMS OF POPULISM: AUTHORITY, POWER AND LEGITIMACY IN CONTEMPORARY TURKEY (ANTHW4160)

RELATED COURSES FALL 2021

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

THE RISE OF CIVILIZATION (ANTHV1008)

NATIVE AMERICA (ANTH3821)

ABSENT BODIES (ANTHV3829)

NEOLIBERAL URBANISM AND THE POLITICS OF EXCLUSION (ANTH3878)     

SETTLER COLONIALISM IN NORTH AMERICA (ANTH4118)

 

GRADUATE COURSES

SETTLER COLONIALISM IN NORTH AMERICA (ANTHG4118)

 

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