Ritual, Health, and Healing|
Fall 2015 not offered
|Course Cluster: Health Studies, Service-Learning|
Modern medicine has long imagined itself in opposition to and better than so called traditional medicine as well as ritual and religious healing. We will challenge this dichotomy in this seminar, exploring on the one hand the phenomenologies and politics of encounter between local systems of healing and global biomedical knowledge and on the other, the moral and material worlds of ritual and religious healing. What kinds of mode of knowing are rituals? How do rituals heal and what do they heal? What can rituals contribute to the health of individuals and communities with health understood as a political project in these dire times of environmental toxicity, world hunger, wars, and economic inequity? How might ritual and bodies talk back to hegemonic power?
Topics will be the intersections of illness, subjectivity, and socio-historical experience; spirit possession; shamanism; indigenous medicine; gender and healing; epistemologies of embodiment; colonialism and affliction. We will also look at emergent integrative models in modern medicine.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Michael Taussig, SHAMANISM, COLONIALISM AND THE WILD MAN: A STUDY IN TERROR AND HEALING, ISBN: 9780226790138
Sidney Greenfield, SPIRITS WITH SCALPELS: THE CULTURAL BIOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS HEALING IN BRAZIL. ISBN: 9781598743685
William R. LaFleur, LIQUID LIFE: ABORTION AND BUDDHISM IN JAPAN. ISBN: 978-0-691-02965-8
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, IN AMMA'S HEALING ROOM: GENDER AND VERNACULAR ISLAM IN SOUTH INDIA ISBN: 0-253-21837-3
Todd Ramón Ochoa, SOCIETY OF THE DEAD: QUITA MANAQUITA AND PALO PRAISE IN CUBA, ISBN: 780520256842
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Reading responses, class presentation, midterm essay, and final research project.
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