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Anthropology of Europe
(fka Peoples and Cultures of Europe)


  
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Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Countries, Cultures, Regions, and Territories of Europe

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Europa and the Bull, Moreay.

Europa and the Bull

Enlèvement d'Europe
  Nöel-Nicolas Coypel, c. 1726


Anthropology of Europe Course Information


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Spring 2022

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Visual Anthropology

Video materials used in class illustrate many topics covered in this course. Consider these presentations similar to lab sessions, that is, watch them carefully and critically rather than simply watch another movie or video. The exams will include these materials, and it will be assumed that you have paid critical attention to them.


It is generally best to watch the videos after you have looked at the slides and reading material(s).


Dates and videos/films may change.

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Some contracts and licenses restrict distribution to current University of MInnesota students, faculty, and staff.
Some video offerings are currently being re-negotiated with providers.

Some films require your Virtual Private Network (VPN) (UMD) to be turned on if you are accessing films from off-campus.

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If you have transferred to Duluth from another UMN campus, you may request to update your e-mail domain to Duluth.
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Week 1
12 - 15 January 2022
     
Many Ways to See the World:
A Thirty-minute Tour of World Map Images
(30 min., 2005, CC)
(UMD exp 10/25/22)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here

Other resources

course viewing guide

Maps Of America That Will Make You See Things Differently -- OceanDraw (16 November 2020)

Course Maps and Atlases WebPage

(UM Duluth Library Multimedia - DVD GA105.3 .M35 2006)


 
 Two Very Short Selective Attention Tests:

 Selective Attention Test (1:21 min.)

 The Monkey Business Illusion (1:42 min.)

 

Many Ways to See the World:
Selective Attention

One of the five 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. And fieldwork, almost above everything else, requires attentive observation and recording of information.

Much of what we are going to do for the rest of the semester is "fieldwork" via video materials from around the world. Before we get into the video-intensive part of the course (towards the middle and end), take the Selective Attention Test (below) developed by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris. This should give you a little insight into the nature of observing—which lies at the very heart of anthropological fieldwork.

See also "An Important Note on Videos and Visual Anthropology".

 

First, take the . . .

Selective Attention Test

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo>

Read and follow the directions carefully.
(Be sure to also count the bounce passes.)


 Selective Attention Test


Be sure to try your very best to follow the instructions.

(It's short, less than a minute and a half).

 

When you are finished with the Selective Attention Test, watch . . .

The Monkey Business Illusion
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGQmdoK_ZfY>

(It too is short: 1:42)

Again, read and follow the directions carefully.

(And as with THe Selective Attention Test, be sure to also count the bounce passes.)

 The Monkey Business Illusion

 

(4) After you have taken Simon and Chabris' tests, think about how what you learned from them about perception might be applied as you view the videos for the rest of the semester as well as the cultural behaviors in real life as you roam the world thereafter


The main purpose of this exercise is to sensitize you to the fact that everyone views things selectively—”quite naturally, and maybe even by necessity. And one's culture plays a huge role in what one "sees" and focuses on (and what one doesn't see and focus on). American men, for e.g., most often do not "see" many details of clothing, color, and personal stylistic adornment (read hair styles, nail treatment, cosmetic adornments and the like).

To view things as a trained observer as anthropologists must do when they're in the field "doing" anthropology one must almost constantly be aware of this natural / cultural tendency to perceive things selectively, and try to compensate for it by paying attention to items not otherwise selected for, while at the same time being careful "not to miss anything".

Hopefully, this exercise will make you just a little more critical in the way you look at things—”and especially the class videos—”for the rest of the semester (and maybe even for the rest of your life, for that matter).

You are not expected anything to submit anything—no reaction, or report, or forum posting. This is a "re-vision" activity, and it should benefit you in performing well in the exams and overall for the course. And hopefully it will also help on your way to having a genuine anthropological perspective on life in general.

 

Other Materials from Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons . . .

"Demonstrations, videos from our research, videos of us speaking, etc. Dan's YouTube Channel includes most of these videos as well as favorites from around the web that are related to or mentioned in our book. You can view more videos on his personal website."

Other Videos --  the invisible gorilla

 

The Book . . .

 The Invisible Gorilla Book


. . . discusses six "everyday illusions" . . .

1. The Illusion of Attention
("Inattentional Blindness")
2. The Illusion of Memory
3. The Illusion of Confidence
4. The Illusion of Knowledge
5. The Illusion of Cause
6. The Illusion of Potential

Wilipedia

 Christopher Chabris

  Daniel Simons

 Inattentional blindness

 

Other Works of Interest

  • Optical Illusions WebPage

  • Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking Fast and Slow. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

  • Macknik, Stephen L., Susana Martinez-Conde, and Sandra Blakeslee. Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions. NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2010.

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    • Incerto -- an investigation of luck, uncertainty, probability, opacity, human error, risk, disorder, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand

      • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. 2nd Ed. NY: Random House, 2008.

      • The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility". NY: Random House, 2010.

      • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. NY: Random House, 2014.

      • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms. NY: Random House, 2016.

  • Malcolm Gladwell

 

 
Week 2
16 - 22 January 2022
     
 
Kypseli:
Women and Men apart, a Divided Reality

(41 min., 1973 / 2006)
(UMD exp 04/26/23)

On-line Access
click  here
viewing guide
discussion guide

See Susan Parman, Europe in the Anthropological Imagination, Chs. 2, 3, 4

(UM DULUTH Martin Library DVD DF951.K97 K97 2006)
 
   

 
Week 3
23 - 29 January 2022
     
 
Life Chances:
Four Families in [Argaki] a Changing Cypriot Village
(43 min., 1974)
(UMD exp 12/07/23)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
viewing guide
(UM DULUTH Martin Library DVD DS54.35 .L54 1974)
 
     

 
Week 4
30 January - 5 February 2022
     
Aatsinki:
The Story of Arctic Cowboys
 (Reindeer Herders of Finnish Lapland)
(84 min., 2014)
(UMD exp perpetual)

On-line Access
click  here

"Trigger Alert"

Warning:
This Film Contains Graphic Images

of animals being harvested


course viewing guide
 
     

 
Week 5
6 - 12 February 2022
     
Après l'hiver, le printemps
(After Winter, Spring)
(74 min., 2013 [US Release Date: 2015])
(UMD exp perpetual)

play videoOn-line Access
when you get to the library catalog click on Docuseek2 Streaming Videos
click  here
Bullfrog Film's viewing guide
(UM DULUTH Martin Library DVD DC33.L68 A38 2013)
 
     

 
Week 6
13 - 19 February 2022
     
 
Great Gatherings
(55 min., 2018)
(UMD exp 07/21/22 AVON)
  [Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, U.S.A.]

play videoOn-line Access
click  here

Abstract

"The greatest gatherings on Earth are rituals. They bind us together and keep communities alive. In Siena rival districts battle for supremacy in a 700 year-old horserace. In Japan, two thousand men perform a chaotic fire ritual to be renewed; while in Malaysia, one devotee joins millions to fulfill a grueling vow to god. At the world's highest mass ritual in the Peruvian Andes, men are initiated into their ancient clan; and in the desert, Burning Man's new rituals fulfill our desire to belong."
Open University, & British Broadcasting Corporation (Producers), & Harrison, N. (Director). (2018). Great gatherings. [Video/DVD] BBC Worldwide.
 
     

 
Week 7
20 - 26 February 2022
     
 
I Named Her Angel
(29 min., 2008)
(UMD exp perpetual)

[Türkiye, fka Turkey]
(Mevlevis, are also known as Whirling Dervishes)

On-line Access
click  here
course viewing guide


Imperial History of the Middle East: 5000 Years of History in 90 seconds
(Actually, 3 min.)
click  here
 
     
The Midterm Exam will be available Week 7, from 12:01 Monday, 21 February 2022 to 11:59 p.m. (10:00 p.m. starting time), Saturday, 26 February 2022
NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 1-7, so be sure not to miss watching them.
Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth3635/cevideo_schedule.html#week01>

     

 
Week 8
27 February - 5 March 2022
     
Man of Aran
(77 min, 1934, B&W)
(UMD exp 12/07/23)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
viewing guide
(UM Duluth Martin Library Multimedia  DA990.A8 M37 2003 DVD)
 
     
     
     
Man of Aran -- selections from and discussions about
"How the Myth was Made"
(77 min, 1934, B&W)
(UMD exp on order)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
viewing guide
(UM Duluth Martin Library Multimedia  DA990.A8 M37 2003 DVD
 
     

 
Week 9
13 - 19 March 2022
 
 
Spring Break
7 - 11 March 2022
 
 
 
     
 
Ganges:
River to Heaven
[India]
(52 min., 2003)
(UMD exp perpetual)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
<https://primo.lib.umn.edu/permalink/f/1pdpbuc/UMN_ALMA51714178830001701>

"Trigger Alert"

Warning:
This Film Contains Graphic Images

of humans and death rituals


course viewing guide
(DVD BL1243.76.V382 G35 2003)
(REM: Check Disk for Problems)
 
     

 
Week 10
20 - 26 March 2022
     
 
A little "Romantic Love" from
 Strange Relations
From the series Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World,
by David Maybury-Lewis
(60 min., 1992)
(UMD exp 01/17/21) renewal requested)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
or
play videoYoutube On-line Access
click  here
course viewing guide
(VC 1974, pt. 2)
 
     

 
Week 11
27 March - 2 April 2022
     
play videoThe Sleeping Beauty -- Bolshoi Ballet
(1:58, 2018-19)
click  here
 
     
play videoEstonian Song Celebration
(5:38, 2014)
click  here
 
     
     
     
Pressure to procreate: inside Hungary’s baby drive
-- The Guardian (23 February 2021)
(15:42, 2021)
on-line access
 
     

 
Week 12
3 - 9 April 2022
     
 
Extranjeras
(Foreign Women)
(74 min., 2005, CC)
(UMD exp 09/09/24)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
REM: Turn on the Closed Caption (CC)
course viewing guide
(UM Duluth Library Multimedia -- DVD HD8588.5.A2 E987 2003)
 
     

 
Week 13
10 - 16 April 2022
     
Video
Watch at least one of the three
full-length presentations on the Caribbean . . .


Caribbean . . . “Episode 1”
[The island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico]
Episode 1:
preview
(02:54 min., 2015)
Full feature Episode 1:
On-line Access
(59:22 min., 2015)
(UMD exp 07/31/22 AVON, automatically included with AVON)
click  here

Caribbean . . . “Episode 2”
[Barbados, St. Vincent, Venezuela, Colombia]
Episode 2:
preview
(02:37 min., 2015)
Full feature Episode 2:
On-line Access
(59:37 min., 2015)
(UMD exp 07/31/22 AVON, automatically included with AVON)
click  here

Caribbean . . . “Episode 3”
[Nicaragua, Honduras (mainland and Roatan Island), Jamaica]
Episode 3:
preview
(02:49 min., 2015)
Full feature Episode 3:
On-line Access
(59:53 min., 2015)
(UMD exp 07/31/22 AVON, automatically included with AVON)
click  here

course viewing guide

BBC Caribbean with Simon Reeve Homepage
Q&A with Simon Reeve
How well do you know the Caribbean?
(Take the Quiz)
 
     
 
 
REM: Review 3 - 5 Student On-line Presentations
 

 
Week 14
17 - 23 April 2022
 
The Grind
(29 min., 2015 CC)
features whaling practices in the Faroe Islands
(a self-governing province of Denmark between Iceland and Norway)

 
The Grind, Faroe Islands
 

 
Week 15
24 - 30 April 2022
     
re-view 

Kypseli:
Women and Men apart, a Divided Reality

(41 min., 1973 / 2006)
(UMD exp 04/26/23)

play videoOn-line Access
click  here
viewing guide
discussion guide
See Susan Parman, Europe in the Anthropological Imagination, Chs. 2, 3, 4
(UM DULUTH Martin Library DVD DF951.K97 K97 2006)
 
   
 
Week 16
1 - 7 May 2022
 
Review Viewing Guides for the Semester
 
s2022 The Peoples and Cultures of Europe Final Exam will be available from 12:01 a.m. Monday, 2 May 2022 to 11:59 p.m. (10:00 p.m. starting time) Friday, 6 May 2022
NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 8-15, so be sure not to miss watching them.
Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth3635/cevideo_schedule.html#week08>
 

"Love Italian-American-Style"

excerpt from Episode 1: "Food & Life" of The Meaning of Food, PBS

(10 min., 2005, UM Duluth Martin Library Multimedia GT2853.U5 M43 2005 DVD)

"Mike Piancone, the owner of an Italian gourmet shop in Southern California who expresses his love for his daughter by preparing an elaborate Italian banquet for her wedding."

viewing guide

 

For Preview:

1000 AD: A Tour of Europe -- Top Documentary Films
https://youtu.be/HapGfrGR_gE

1000 AD: A Tour of the Viking World // Vikings Documentary -- Top Documentary Films
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3_iLTpTYhY&feature=emb_rel_end

History of the Christianity's first 1000 years -- Top Documentary Films
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKOoPcHxPhU&feature=emb_rel_end

History of the Black Death -- Top Documentary Films
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYNB4sAxemk&feature=emb_rel_end

Check with National Geographic, Discovery, and Nova
 


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