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Welcome to Anthropology 3635 Peoples and Cultures of Europe
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I hope you are having a great holiday season.
I am sending this note out early to make it more convenient for the pre-crastinators to order textbooks on-line (if that is an attractive option for you), and / or to let you get started reading one or other of the interesting articles we have for the class (if you are the kind of person who likes to read ahead). If neither of these options applies to you, and you feel like a little end-of-the-holiday season procrastination, just relax and enjoy the wonderful winter weather, and, the rest of your break, but be sure to have some lentils on New Years’ Day—an old European tradition said to bring Good Fortune in the New Year . . .
The Strangest New Year's Eve Traditions around Europe
6 of the Best Cities to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Europe
Peoples and Cultures of Europe will be a great course, and a great experience. You will see. . . .
Interest in world cultures—and especially the peoples and cultures of Europe—has never been higher. You can see that in the news and editorial pages of the weekly papers and the other news media. Lots of things are happening on the European front . . . virtually every day. One of the best sources for up-to-date news on Europe is BBC News Europe. I also like The Telegraphand, to balance things out, The Guardian(UK Edition), and The New York Times.
I am looking forward to meeting you in class on the 12th. In the meantime, you might want to peruse the information in your Moodle folder at <https://moodle.umn.edu/>.
Ullrich Kockel, Máiread Nic Craith, and Jonas Frykman (Eds.)
One thing that you should keep in mind when approaching these readings, which I will talk more about as the class progresses, is that as mentioned above the exams are open-book. And for that you should normally just need to read the books carefully and be able to discuss them intelligently. That is, you should read these as if you had picked it/them up at an airport on the way to Dornoch, Scotland, or at neighborhood bookshop because you were interested in the subject and wanted to know more about it, like literally millions of people are doing in everyday life.
PLEASE NOTE: Some students are used to principally memorizing facts in classes. This class is not one where that is the focus.It is about investigating new topics, reading, listening, synthesizing ideas, thinking, exploring, and becoming familiar enough with the various subjects, peoples and places to carry on an intelligent conversation in modern-day society.
In short, this class aims to give you practice in critical thinking, and even creativity, avoiding rote memorization if possible.
Here's an interesting article from Minnesota Public Radio . . .
TAPS, Canada’s leading Beer Magazine—in fact it’s THE BEER MAGAZINE—features this item from a similar class in one of its editorials (Winter 2011-2012, p. 2), so at least one former major Editor in Chief thinks it’s worth noting and imitating.
Throughout the semester we will look (generally comparatively, cf., Main Characteristics of Anthropology) at a series of video materials from around Europe. We will start that the second day of class with one of the great classic ethnographic films of all time, but we’ll focus on visual case study video more towards the second half of the semester.
Towards the second half of the semester, once you have mastered the basic information relating to the People and Cultures of Europe, we will look (generally comparatively, cf., Main Characteristics of Anthropology) at a series of video materials from around Europe. As mentioned, we will actually start that the second day of class, but we’ll focus on visual case study video more towards the second half of the semester.
The final section will focus on your research projects.
One of the four main characteristics of American Anthropology is fieldwork, "a primary research technique, involving “participant observation," which usually means living among the people one is interested in learning from and about. It would be wonderful if for anthropology classes we could just rent a bus or charter a plane and fly off for a year or more to learn first-hand from the people themselves. Money, time, and practicality prohibit that, so the next best things—when it comes to studying anthropology—is going to places and viewing subjects by video, and we will do a lot of that this semester. More information on Visual Anthropology is available on-line at <http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth1604/visual_anthropology.html#title>.
With all of these materials you will be expected to share your ideas and comments with others in the Class Forum and wikis. I'm looking forward to that.
You will find that there is "an awful lot" of materials on-line—maybe even too many!
But don't worry. You will find the required materials center stage in your Moodle folder. Most of the rest of the materials are optional, but you may find that material useful in working on your class project.
Where to start?
Probably the best place is by having a quick look at the "First Day Handout" on-line at <http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth3635/cehandout_first-day.html>. It's the syllabus (s2017 pdf version).
Then have a look at your Moodle Gradebook folder, which gives a nice listing of the actual requirements and due dates for the course. (You'll find the link for that in the upper-left-hand corner of the top of Block 1.)
Then have a look at the "Course Overview" in Block 1 (the top of page one) of your Moodle folder <https://moodle.umn.edu/>.
A word of caution. Moodle recommends that you use the Firefox browser (available free at <http://firefox.com>). The Windows Internet Explorer (IE) occasionally will not display items on your screen. These items will simply not be there on IE when they are fine on Moodle or even on Chrome. Microsoft Word should likewise not be used to cut and paste things to Moodle; bad things can happen to your file if you do—randomly. Almost every time you are asked to enter text in Moodle, you will see the message, “Please do not copy/paste text directly from Microsoft Word. See explanation here <http://www1.umn.edu/moodle/issues.html#10>.” Please pay attention to that request.
If you are new to the world of "technology" in general or Moodle in particular, don't worry too much about that. Things may not "work" for you at first, but hang in there and we'll help you along. (And they will work better in Firefox and if you do not cut and paste from your Word documents.)
So once again, welcome to Anth 3635 Peoples and Cultures of Europe. This will be a great course, and a great experience. You will see. . . .
Thanks for signing on for the Anthropology of Europe. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, the 12th , in Cina Hall 214.
Best of the Holiday Wishes to you . . .
I hope you had a great Boxing Day, and are having a good Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanza season. Have a great New Year’s Evening and New Year’s Day and a great New Year. And have a good Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as well.
In Vienna and Budapest and throughout much of Europe people will be eating lintels on New Year’s Day. Eating lintels helps you have a great new year. I’ve tried them in both places, and it seems the Hungarian lentils work just slightly better than elsewhere. A Hungarian professor friend recently passed on some important information about New Year’s Day lentils: “Gabriella says that the heart (seeds) are important for the coming fortune. . . .” So on New Year’s Day, eat plenty of lentils and pay special attention to the hearts. . . .
My office hours and contact information (and other regular schedule information) can be found at
Finally, laptops are welcome, in fact encouraged, in the classroom. Many find a laptop quite useful in following the class materials. You can, for example, download all of the slide materials used in class.
Your Moodle site is now on-line. Have a look at it at <moodle.umn.edu>.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them on Moodle or e-mail email@example.com.
See you on the 12th.
I hope you enjoy the holidays, and have a great New Year’s celebration!
Best Warm Wishes,
Sarah Green, Chris Gregory, Madeleine Reeves, Jane K. Cowan, Olga Demetriou, Insa Koch, Michael Carrithers, Ruben Andersson, Andre Gingrich, Sharon Macdonald, Salih Can Açiksöz, Umut Yildirim, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Cris Shore, Douglas R. Holmes, Michael Herzfeld, Marilyn Strathern, Casper Bruun Jensen, Keir Martin, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Georgos Poulimenakos, Stef Jansen, Čarna Brkovič, Thomas M. Wilson, Niko Besnier, Daniel Guinness, Mark Hann, Pamela Ballinger and Dace Dzenovska
Version of Record online : 16 JUL 2016, DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12331
Ullrich Kockel is Professor of Ethnology at the University of Ulster and an Academician of the UK’s Academy of the Social Sciences. His recent publications include Culture and Economy: Contemporary Perspectives (edited, 2002), and Re-Visioning Europe: Frontiers, Place Identities and Journeys in Debatable Lands (2010). He has been elected President of the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (2008-11), and is currently editor of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures.
Máiréad Nic Craith is Professor of European Culture and Society at the University of Ulster. She is the author ofPlural Identities, Singular Narratives: The Case of Northern Ireland (2002) which was joint winner of the 2004 Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife, Culture and Identity Politics in Northern Ireland (2003), Europe and the Politics of Language (2006), and Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights (co-edited, 2010).
Jonas Frykman is Professor of European Ethnology at Lund University. His publications include Identities in Pain (with Nadia Seremitakis, 1997), Articulating Europe: Local Perspectives (with Peter Niedermüller, 2003), and Sense of Community: Trust Hope and Worries in the Welfare State (with Bo Rothstein et al, 2009).
From the Publisher:
A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe offers a survey of contemporary Europeanist anthropology and European ethnology, and a guide to emerging trends in this geographical field of research. Providing a synthesis of the different traditions and contemporary approaches to the anthropological study of Europe, Kockel, Nic Craith, and Frykman provide a synthesis of the different traditions and contemporary practices.
- 2017 Timothy G. Roufs
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