ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Fall 2019, Section 003 - Cultures of Piracy
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology


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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and above.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Far from archaic vestiges of a bygone era, pirates and piracy proliferate in today’s world. Images of piracy are everywhere, including the swashbuckling adventures of Johnny Depp, Somali pirates holding global shipping hostage in the Gulf of Aden, file sharing, and counterfeit DVDs. This seminar is intended as an introduction to piracy and pirates in their historical and contemporary guise, from the high seas to the digital realm. This course takes as its point of departure this ever-expanding world of piracy and explores how piracy can be an object of study and analysis. The first section of the course is dedicated to questions of definitions (such as distinctions between legality/illegality and piracy/privateering for instance). We then turn to a series of examples, both historical and contemporary, that include the “Golden Age of Piracy” in the Caribbean, Counterfeits and Scams, Media Piracy, Intellectual Property and Access to Medicine, Hackers and finally a case study on Somali Piracy. Throughout this semester, we will explore how thinking through these various cultures of piracy can help interrogate enduring and contemporary questions about globalization, law and inequality, forms of economic practice, popular culture, and media.


ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The class will meet in 208 West Hall.
003 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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