“Occupy the Field” Class Disappears From Columbia’s Course Listing

Posted by on Jan 05, 2012 at 7:54 pm
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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.

Sure.

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?

Via Gothamist.

 

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6 Responses to ““Occupy the Field” Class Disappears From Columbia’s Course Listing”

  1. rich b on 5/05/12 at 9:31 pm

    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.

    What a bunch of fucking liars! Are the douchebags at Columbia so stupid that they think an intelligent person will buy their spin and bullshit? Remember – this is the same University that hired Madonna Constantine for a professor.

    The class died of loneliness. No one signed up for it.

  2. dookhh on 6/06/12 at 6:57 am

    They forgot some important topics for the class : how to crap on police and other public work vehicles ; sexaual assault 101, pot- better from bongs or joints?(with lots of field work), how to behave like you have turret’s syndrome by spouting incoherent drivel, Keep them off guard- how to change your demands every 5 minute; me,me, me- how the world actually owes you everything that you desire( cause you are awesome dude); bathing and shaving is for the evil 1%er’s ; how to claim a proxy for a large number of people who don’t agree with anything that you squat for; how to shout down and disrupt other people’s political events(cause anyone that doesn’t agree with you shouldn’t have any say in anything) ; which blotter acid makes you less coherent; Lice and Rats are our friends; how to be a rich fat pig and still claim you are a 99%er(guest speakers Michael Moore and Roseanne Barr), and many many more…

  3. Klondike Kitty on 6/06/12 at 9:51 am

    Darn. I had to change my selection to “ANTH V1130y: Africa and the Anthropologist”. I am a white woman, and I’m hoping to meet a nice African national with whom I will have a child out of wedlock, and the child will become President some day. Then I can live in the White House.

  4. Ozzy Osbourne on 7/07/12 at 10:16 am

    Now we got to go find Hannah Appel and mercilessly taunt her a second time.
    Google her name – there’s plenty of info on her.

  5. DORF on 8/08/12 at 9:01 pm

    You do not need to be merciless. Just present the fa(cts)x. and enjoy the fruits as they labor….