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Mid-Term Exam
Anthropology A201, Survey of Applied Anthropology
Fall 2009, Dr. Mullins

The midterm exam is a take-home, open-book, open-notes exam.  You can use any of your course notes and readings to complete the exam, you can consult with me or share drafts prior to the due date, and you can huddle with classmates as long as you do not turn in substantively similar essay responses.  Good essays will include concrete examples taken from the course lectures and readings, but you do not need to include a bibliography or in-text citations.  Most essays will be minimally a page in length, and strong and thorough essays will be longer.

There are two sections to the midterm.  Your completed exam must include three essays from section 1 and one essay from Section 2. 

Answer the questions thoroughly and clearly, and all essays should be grammatically sound and free of spelling errors.  I expect each essay to minimally be a page long.  All exams must be typed, double-spaced, with 1" margins on all sides, and no larger than a 12-pitch font.  

Your midterm is due in class on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4.  I require a hard copy in class and prefer you email me a copy as well.  There will be no extensions except for a documented illness or other calamity.  All late papers will be penalized a letter grade for each day they are late.  Email me any questions.

Section 1.  You must answer ANY THREE of these essays.

1. Larry Zimmerman championed an archaeology of the contemporary world that addressed concrete contemporary issues using archaeological method and insight.  Using his homeless archaeology project as an example, outline specifically how his project addresses such goals.  What defines homelessness?  In what ways is a homeless landscape distinctive?  What other contemporary subject might be interpreted in new ways using such an archaeological perspective?

2.  What did Ian McIntosh argue is required for genuine reconciliation?  What are the steps McIntosh outlined in reconciliation?  Is Panhandling for Reparations an example of a project that seeks reconciliation?  If it is, how is it reconciliation, and what specifically is it resolving or addressing?  If not, why does it fail to resolve particular steps in McIntosh's outline of reconciliation?

3. Exactly how is archaeology of the IUPUI campus potentially defined as "engaged"?  What concrete contemporary ideologies and social dilemmas are being addressed through archaeological research?  Who is the audience for such an archaeology, and why?  If you were put in charge of commemorating the heritage of people who once lived in campus space--no limits to your budget, no restrictions on your ideas--what would you advocate, and why?

4. In what ways are forensic anthropologists "applied"?  What sorts of results are typically produced by forensic anthropologists?  What is part of forensic investigation beyond physical recovery of human remains?

Section 2.  You MUST answer either ONE of these two essays.

5. What historical conditions in the 1960's and 1970's influenced the emergence of applied anthropology?

6. What does it mean for an anthropologist to be "engaged"?  How is this different from the notion of scientific objectivity that all anthropologists were meant to obey in their research?  If applied anthropologists place engagement, critical analysis, and power at the heart of what we do, then how might it change the way we practice anthropology?

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