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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis of the politics of sensory experience.

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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis of the politics of sensory experience.

The subject will address western philosophical debates about mind, brain, emotion, and the body and the historical value placed upon sight, reason, and rationality, versus smell, taste, and touch as acceptable modes of knowing and knowledge production. We will assess cultural traditions that challenge scientific interpretations of experience arising from western philosophical and physiological models. The class will examine how sensory experience lies beyond the realm of individual physiological or psychological responses and occurs within a culturally elaborated field of social relations. Finally, we will debate how discourse about the senses is a product of particular modes of knowledge production that are themselves contested fields of power relations

Course Curriculum

  • Course Introduction: Anthropology and the Senses Unlimited
  • Healing the Body in Ancient Greece and China Unlimited
  • Philosophy, Medicine, and the Senses in Early-Modern Europe Unlimited
  • Uncanny Experience and Sensing the Sacred in the Modern West Unlimited
  • Intersubjectivity, Phenomenology, Emotion, and Embodiment Unlimited
  • Intersubjectivity and Ruptured Social Senses Unlimited
  • Sensory Ethnographies Unlimited
  • Mind-Body Medicine, Research and the State Unlimited

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