“Occupy the Field,” that Anthro class slated for next spring meant to examine OWS from within both seminar rooms and GAs, is M.I.A.—from the bulletin, that is.
The class, which was posted on the Department of Anthropology’s website as of December 31st, is now nowhere to be found. Neither an SSOL search nor a foray into the Directory of Classes bear fruit, either. Following the announcement of the class last week, news sources around the globe reported the story. But according to Anthro chair Elizabeth Povinelli, the class posting wasn’t removed due to “mystery or political untowards.”
Rather, Povinelli says, it was “proposed at the last minute” and did not undergo the requisite Committee on Instruction overview and new instructor approval for postdoc fellows. Povinelli said it was “an inadvertent mistake” that the class was posted last week. We’ve received no response as to whether the class will now undergo the overview.
Below are screenshots of the Anthropology website from earlier this week and yesterday.
Update, 12:11 am: More vague lingo, this from Brian Connolly, Associate VP for Public Affairs for the Office of Communication and Public Affairs (huzzah redundant administrative titles!). Connelly stresses that “the study of contemporary political, economic and social issues is entirely appropriate and has a long history here.” So the class isn’t being pulled due to controversy. Rather, “the proposal for a new anthropology course involving fieldwork on this topic had yet to be considered for approval by the faculty Committee on Instruction.” According to Connelly, “News reports and some departmental postings regarding the spring semester were premature.” Nevermind that the “departmental postings” sparked the news reports.