This year's Medical Anthropology Option paper is ‘Sensory Experience in Therapeutics’, which is held on Fridays, 11am -12 pm in the New Seminar room on 51 Banbury Road. The full list of Option Papers available is here.
Option course: Sensory Experience in Therapeutics
(8 hours, Hilary Term 2018)
This option course discusses ritual healing from a critical medical anthropological perspective. Its focus is on techniques of ritual practice that can effect a perceived sensory transformation conducive to recovery in patients, and their entourage.
Professor Elisabeth Hsu, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
LLecture times and place
Hilary Term, Fridays, 11 am, 51 Banbury Road, New Seminar Room
Laderman, C. & Roseman M. eds. (1996). The Performance of Healing. London: Routledge.
Readings in Sensorial Anthropology
Howes, D. ed. 1991. The Varieties of Sensory Experience. University of Toronto Press.
Howes, D. 2003. Sensual Relations. Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Howes, D. ed. 2004. Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader. Oxford: Berg.
Howes, D., and Classen C., 2014. Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society. London: Routledge.
Readings in Sensory Anthropology
Jackson, M. (1996). Things as They Are: New Directions in Phenomenology. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [Introduction]
Ingold, T. (2000). Perception of the Environment: Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill. London: Routledge.
Hsu, E. ed. (2008). The Senses and the Social. Special Issue. Ethnos 73 (4).
1. Sensory Experience and Ritual Transformation
2. Play, Performance and Synchronised Rhythm: Dance
3. Causing Presence: Acute Pain Infliction as Therapy
4. Immersion in Sound: Percussion, Voice, Melody, Music
5. Immersion in Light, and the Clinical Gaze
6. Tactile Manipulation, Massage and Synæsthesia
7. Ephemeral Odours and Transition: the Rotting, the Dead and the Dreamt
8. Taste, Aesthetics and Distinction; Locality, Ecology and Place
Students are also welcome to audit this year's Undergraduate option in Medical Anthropology.