Apparently the attention paid to such idiocy had an effect. Merciless ridicule tends to do that.
From Columbia’s course listing on December 31:
ANTH V3897y Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement 4 pts. Hannah Appel. Occupy the Field is a field-based course about Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement more broadly. The course offers training in ethnographi research methods alongside a critical exploration of the conjunctural issues in the Occupy movement: Wall Street, finance capital, and inequality; political strategies, property and public space, and the question of anarchy; and genealogies of the contemporary moment in global social movements. Class time will be divided between fieldwork in an around the Occupy movement, and seminar at Columbia. In other words, this class will meet off-campus several times, and students will be expected to be involved in ongoing OWS projects, to be discussed in class.
Today in the Department of Anthropology listing it’s nowhere to be found.
It was all just a (ahem) inadvertent mistake.
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.
Considering the movement is now pretty much finished, what’s the point?