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58713-01 - Proseminar: Anthropology of Intentions 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Anna Christen (anna.christen@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Some anthropologists think that intentions play a crucial role whenever we enter “the field”. According to this camp, our own intentions co-define our research approaches. At the same time, our research partners’ intentions are central for anti-behaviorist interpretations of their practices.
Others think that anthropology has overstated its case concerning the relevance of intentions for human agency. This camp points out that intentions are a specifically Western ingredient in (the conception of) agency and do not matter for some societies, where people have been said to exclusively focus on the outcome of their actions.
In a first step, we will join the camp in favor of intentions as central for anthropological inquiry, and ask: What do we have in mind as we begin to observe, participate and interpret our encounters? How do our intentions influence the way we perceive and do things, and how might fieldwork alter our intentions? Also, how do we get to make knowledge claims about other people’s intentions?
In a second step, we will follow arguments offered by the opposing camp, and ask: What other factors are crucial in determining meanings of cultural practices? How should we write about these practices without imposing a specific, Western framework upon the agency of others?
Core aim of this class is to help us position ourselves in the debate, and to re-think what it is we are doing when we act intentionally. You will need no prior knowledge of anthropology of intentions, but merely willingness to carefully read, think about, and discuss the texts. This class will be offered in English unless all participants agree to switch to German.
Literatur Schütz, Alfred (1967): The Phenomenology of the Social World. Illinois, Northwestern University Press.

Duranti, Alessandro (2015): The Anthropology of Intentions: Language in a World of Others. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Ingold, Tim (2018): Anthropology and/as Education. London, Routledge.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 24.09.2020 – 17.12.2020
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 24.09.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 01.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 08.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 15.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 22.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 29.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 05.11.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 12.11.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 19.11.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 26.11.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 03.12.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 10.12.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 17.12.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Forschungsfelder der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Ethnologie