This year's Medical Anthropology Option paper is ‘Sensory Experience in Therapeutics’, which is held in Hilary Term.
Option course: Sensory Experience in Therapeutics
(8 hours, Hilary Term, place and time tbc)
This option course discusses ritual healing from a critical medical anthropological perspective. Its focus is on bodily skills of ritual practice that can effect a substantial as well as perceived sensory transformation in patients, and their entourage. Ethnographic evidence will be presented to suggest that those techniques are conducive to recovery from sickness. The option is open to all students at SAME, and those PGT students enrolled in it receive two tutorials in groups of two or three students. Furthermore, there are four 90 minutes sessions on a film with subsequent discussion on themes related to the course materials.
Professor Elisabeth Hsu, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, SAME
Dr Paula Esposito, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, SAME
Hilary Term, place and time tbc
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 (EH)
2. Play, Performance and Rhythm (PE)
3. Pain that Awakens (EH)
4. Immersion in Light, and the Clinical Gaze (PE)
5. Immersion in Sound: Percussion, Voice, Melody, Music (PE)
6. Transformative Tactility: Touch, Massage, Manipuulation and Synæsthesia (EH)
7. Odours and Transformation: the Rotting, the Dead and the Dreamt (PE)
8. Taste and Distinction; the Substances of Memory, Ecology and Place
Office Hours in Hilary 2022
Professor Elisabeth Hsu: Mondays 9.30-10.30am and by prior arrangement
Dr Paula Esposito: Fridays 11am and by prior arrangement
Students are also welcome to audit this year's Undergraduate option in Medical Anthropology.