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Course, academic year 2019/2020
  
Anthropology of the EU - JSM578
Title: Anthropology of EU
Czech title: Antropologie EU
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2017 to 2020
Semester: winter
Points: 8
E-Credits: 8
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 65 / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc.
Annotation -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)
Anthropology of the European Union

The course focuses on the phenomenon of European unifications and the formation of political coalitions and clusters in a global context. It shows the inner logic of processes and asks what the project of the European unification was reacting to, what response it had and what objections it was facing to. The course notes that for social and cultural anthropology, Europe and the European Union are difficult to grasp and provide alternative answers why it is so. The course teaches students about texts on the anthropology of Europe and the European Union and instructs how to work with them.

Course completion requirements -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)

Terms for completing the course

To pass the course successfully, the mid-term and final test passing is required and submitting “a written original text” of your choice, which coincides with the topic of the course. The theme of the text is discussed in advance with the lecturer. The mid-term and final test contains four open questions. The range of the “article” is unlimited; the assumed minimum length is four standard pages. The text should contain the objectives of the text, the basic research question, the assessment of the state of knowledge of the subject, the description of the method of solution, the solution of the research question, the conclusion and references to sources and literature. Each of the points may be a short paragraph, but the work should include it. The text should be submitted at least by the end of the exam period.

Rating:

Maximum 100 %; minimum for passing 50%;

A = 100 – 91

B = 90 – 81

C = 80 – 71

D = 70 – 61

E = 60 – 51

F = 50 – 0

Mid-term test: max 30 %

Essay: 40 %

Final test: max 30 %

Literature -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)

Compulsory:

- Gellner, Ernest 1992: Anthropology and Europe. Social Anthropology 1, 1: 1-7.

- Giordano, Christian: Political Regionalism in Globalized Word System: Local Identity Constructions in Europe.

- Goody Jack 2000: The European Family: An Historical-Anthropological Essay. Oxford: Blackwell.

- Mitterauer Michael The Conjugal Family and Bilateral Kinship. In: Mitterauer, M. Why Europe? The Medieval Origins of Its Spatial Path. London, Chicago: University of Chicago Press: 58-99.

- Heady, Patrick 2005: Nuclear Families and Cognatic Descent: Reflections on Two Characterisations of European Kinship. In: Skalník, Petr (ed)Anthropology of Europe: Teaching and Research. Prague: Set Out: 67-76.

- Shore, Chris 1999: Fictions of Fieldwork: Depicting the 'Self' in Ethnographic Writing (Italy). In: C. W. Watson, Being There: Fieldwork in Anthropology. Chicago: Pluto Press.

- Verdery, Katherine 1996: What Was Socialism and What Comes Next? Princeton: Princeton University Press.

 

 

Recommended:

- Areilza, José M. The History and Foundations of European Integration: A contriburion to the debate on the future of the Union. In: C. Arvanitopoulos (ed.), Reforming Europe: The Role of the Centre-Right. The Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Series on European and International Affairs.

- Chamberlain, Lesley 2017. Adorno, the Frankfurt School and the Soul of Europe.

- Dziegiel Leszek 1998: Paradise in the concrete cage: daily life in communist Poland: an ethnologist's view, Kraków: Arcana.

- Gellner, Ernest 1983: Nations and Nationalism. Oxford: Blackwell.

- Gellner, Ernest 1998: Language and Solitude. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- Hann, Chris 1995: The Skeleton at the Feast: Contributions to Eastern European Ethnography. The Canterbury University of Kent.

- Shore, Chris 2000: Building Europe: The Cultural Policy of European Integration. New York: Routledge.

- Svasek, Maruska 2012: Emotions, Emotions and Political Negotiations: Transforming Relationships in the Bohemian-Bavarian Border Zone. In: Svasek M. (ed.) Emotions and Human Mobility: Ethnographies of Movement. London: Routledge: 145-162.

Wilson, Thomas M. 1998: An Anthropology of the European Union, from above and Below. In: Parman, Susan (ed) Europe in the Anthropological Imagination. Prentice Hall: California State University: 148 - 156.

 

 

 

Syllabus -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)

Anthropology of the European Union

The course focuses on the phenomenon of European unifications, the formation of political coalitions and clusters in a global context. It shows the inner logic of processes and asks what the project European unification was reacting to, what response it had and what objections it was facing to. The course notes that for social and cultural anthropology, Europe and the European Union are very difficult to grasp and provide alternative answers why it is so. The course teaches students about texts on the anthropology of Europe and the European Union and instructs how to work with them.

1. Europe after World War II, geopolitical division of the world, postcolonialism and Western political thinking - Frankfurt School and its leaders

-   Gellner, Ernest 1992: Anthropology and Europe. Social Anthropology 1, 1: 1-7.

2.  European preindustrial empires and coalitions, the topic of high and low culture, the problem of European urbanization and urban culture in the preindustrial era, the European family, religion in Europe

- Goody Jack 2000: The European Family: An Historical-Anthropological Essay. Oxford: Blackwell.

- Michael Mitterauer The Conjugal Family and Bilateral Kinship. In: Mitterauer, M. Why Europe? The Medieval Origins of Its Spatial Path. London, Chicago: University of Chicago Press: 58-99.

- Heady, Patrick 2005: Nuclear Families and Cognatic Descent: Reflections on Two Characterisations of European Kinship. In: Skalník, Petr (ed)Anthropology of Europe: Teaching and Research. Prague: Set Out: 67-76.

3. European Unification at the beginning of 1950s: Economic unification and social imaginations.

- Areilza, José M. The History and Foundations of European Integration: A contriburion to the debate on the future of the Union. In: C. Arvanitopoulos (ed.), Reforming Europe: The Role of the Centre-Right. The Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Series on European and International Affairs.

- Chamberlain, Lesley 2017. Adorno, the Frankfurt School and the Soul of Europe.

3.  European nationalism - state and nation, national centralization, national boundaries and their overlaps: to what extent the EU is building on European nationalism and in what ways it is trying to overcome it, how nationalism manifests itself in the European Union.

- Gellner, Ernest 1983: Nations and Nationalism. Oxford: Blackwell.

- Gellner, Ernest 1998: Language and Solitude. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

4.  The collapse of the Soviet empire, the European Union as a pan-European phenomenon, and attempts in the social sciences to grasp new anthropological research in Europe. An analysis of the thesis that Western Europe experienced the most intense sense of unification at the breakup of the Eastern Blo

- Katherine Verdery 1996: What Was Socialism and What Comes Next? Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Wilson, Thomas M. 1998: An Anthropology of the European Union, from above and Below. In: Parman, Susan (ed) Europe in the Anthropological Imagination. Prentice Hall: California State University: 148 - 156.

- Shore, Chris 1999: Fictions of Fieldwork: Depicting the 'Self' in Ethnographic Writing (Italy). In: C. W. Watson, Being There: Fieldwork in Anthropology. Chicago: Pluto Press.

5.  Isolation, borders, and minorities in the European Union.

- Jana Ševčíková: Piemule

6. Research by European Institutions and Organizations. Attempts to study the institutions of the European Union and other instruments of power. Development of anthropology of institutions.
- Shore, Chris 2000: Building Europe: The Cultural Policy of European Integration. New York: Routledge.

7. Examples of European regionalism.
- Giordano, Christian: Political Regionalism in Globalized Word System: Local Identity Constructions in Europe.

8. Europe in relation to the next world, the theme of colonialism - Shreya Bhardwaj

9. Socialism and postsocialism: the phenomenon of Central and Eastern Europe; issues of material life and emotions.

- Katherine Verdery 1996: What Was Socialism and What Comes Next? Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Maruska Svasek 2012: Emotions, Emotions and Political Negotiations: Transforming Relationships in the Bohemian-Bavarian Border Zone. In: Svasek M. (ed.) Emotions and Human Mobility: Ethnographies of Movement. London: Routledge: 145-162.

10. Socialist economy, privatization, and further development in the post-socialist period
- Dziegiel Leszek 1998: Paradise in the concrete cage: daily life in communist Poland: an ethnologist's view, Kraków: Arcana.
- Chris Hann 1995: The Skeleton at the Feast: Contributions to Eastern European Ethnography. The Canterbury University of Kent.

11. Language and group identity in European states
Jana Sevcikova: Jakub - movie shot.

12. Problems of legitimizing power and issues of trust
- Pardo, Italo; Prato, Giuliana 2010: Disconnected Governance and the Crisis of Legitimacy. In: Citizenship and Legitimacy in the Mediterranean Region. Farnham: Ashgate: Chapter 1.

 
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