STS.S91 Special Topic: Colonial and Postcolonial Disorders

STS.S91 Colonial and Postcolonial Disorders is cross-listed at Harvard as ANTH2859. This joint MIT/Harvard course was originally planned to be taught at Harvard. Instead, it will be taught virtually and synchronously through Harvard’s Canvas learning platform. MIT students can access the Zoom link through Stellar. The contact person for the class is Dr. Sadeq Rahimi. Please contact him at if you have any technical or other questions.

MIT students intending to take this class should register for 12 units of credit only under the MIT number STS.S91 and should NOT also cross-register.

Schedule: Tuesdays 12pm-3pm (virtual, synchronous)

This course will review complex relationships between anthropology, colonialism and postcoloniality. It will explore roles of engaged anthropology in situations of postcolonial disorders, focusing on mental health responses in American Indian and other settler communities and in post conflict work, including issues of silencing, memory and haunting. It focuses on American Indian communities, Southeast Asia and the Middle East where seminar leaders have worked, but links to studies elsewhere.

Pre-req: Open to undergraduates by permission of instructor.

Prof. Byron Good
Prof. Michael Fischer
Prof. Joseph Gone