- Course Description
In this course, students explore how other cultures have addressed relationships between people and animals, using archaeology, ethnography, historical texts, and literature. We consider how people's interactions with animals are varied and unique across cultures and through time, and how anthropologists specifically have tried to address these issues. Course topics includes food and identity; hunting and herding; domestication; pets as companions; symbolism in art and culture; use of animals as laborers, in captivity, and on display; origins of the American conservation movement; ethics of medical research; animals as pathways of disease; and human interactions with living primates. This course includes contemporary examples from across the globe, as well as historical examples in Native North America, Native South America, and Southeast Asia. The course is interdisciplinary in focus and introduces students to perspectives on human interactions with animals within anthropology, anthrozoology, archaeology, biology, zoology, history, and the humanities.
Instructor: Laura Scheiber