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Description

This course provides an exploration of colonial and postcolonial clashes between theories of healing and embodiment in the African world and those of western bio-medicine.

It examines how Afro-Atlantic religious traditions have challenged western conceptions of illness, healing, and the body and have also offered alternative notions of morality, rationality, kinship, gender, and sexuality. It also analyzes whether contemporary western bio-medical interventions reinforce colonial or imperial power in the effort to promote global health in Africa and the African diaspora

Course Curriculum

    • Course Overview and Introduction Unlimited
    • Ecstasis and the Shock of Culture Contact Unlimited
    • Historical Ideologies of Sexuality, Race, and Madness Unlimited
    • Colonial Medicine in South Africa Unlimited
    • Race, Gender, Colonial Medicine, and the Construction of Disease Unlimited
    • Medical Pluralism in the Former Zaire Unlimited
    • Culture, Morality, and the Senses in Ghana Unlimited
    • Sensory Ethnography in Niger Unlimited
    • Religion, Medicine, and the Medical Pluralism in Haiti Unlimited
    • Race, Gender, and the Mind Unlimited
    • Fictions of Race, Gender, and Illness Unlimited

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