This is a broad introductory course covering race, language, and culture, both as intellectual concepts and as political realities. Topics include race and culture as explanations of human affairs, and cultural diversity in a global world. For the voyage, we will pay special attention to the politics and culture of tourism.
Field WorkCountry: Malta
Day: 1 - Valetta - Monday, 29 July
Our field lab will focus on the anthropology of tourism. We will travel to Mdina in central Malta, where we will visit several popular tourist sites: the Mdina Dungeons, the Palazzo Falson, the National Museum of Natural History, and Mdina Glass (a glass-blowing factory and store). Students will observe and record notes about the presentation of the site (tour guides, labeling, audio materials) and the activities of tourists. The Glass factory is a commercial venture, and students will also observe and take notes on the way tourists respond to the business of buying souvenirs. Students will use their field notes to write a short anthropological analysis of tourist activities in Malta.