Fall 2019 Class Schedule
|ANTHRO 485||Mind, Body, and Health||Rebecca Seligman||Tuesdays 12:30 - 3:30 PM|
ANTHRO 485 Mind, Body, and Health
This course will provide a graduate level introduction to the anthropology of mind, body, and health. We will address broadly the question of how Anthropologists understand and investigate the social and cultural contexts of health and illness and the diverse ways in which humans use cultural resources to cope with pain, illness, suffering and healing. In addition, we will analyze medical practices as cultural systems, as well as the ways in which health, body, and mind are socially and politically constructed and manipulated, bodies are controlled and policed, and definitions of mind and mental processes influence and are influenced by social context. There will be a particular focus on the concepts of embodiment and trauma and their various uses and meanings in specific contexts. We will combine an examination of current theoretical paradigms with ethnographic case material from a number of societies, including Brazil, Japan, the US, and Canada. The goal of this comparative endeavor will be to analyze similarities and differences across understandings of mind and body and systems of healing, and to examine American perspectives, behaviors, and practices critically in order to illuminate the ways in which they are socially embedded and culturally specific.
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|HISTORY 485||Literature of the History of Science||Ken Alder||Tuesdays 2:00 - 5:00 PM|
HISTORY 485 Literature of the History of Science
Recent scholarship in the history of science, technology and medicine has sought to open for examination the processes by which certain features of the world—including our social life—have come to be marked out as "natural," even as they have paradoxically been made more subject to control. But how was the boundary between the natural and the artificial drawn in the first place? And how has the character of this knowledge been shaped by its social and political context? In this class we read historical works alongside articles from the field of science studies. The course moves temporally from the early modern era to the twenty-first century, covering topics ranging from the role of wonder, artisanal labor, and global exchange in the rise of scientific knowledge… to science's more recent roles in state-building, marker of racial and sexual difference, and predictor of our climate's future. Throughout we will treat knowledge-making as a social process that involves the labor of many different kinds of people, working in ways that simultaneously reflect and reshape the broader culture.
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