This course offers an introduction to the anthropology of the senses, and addresses the anthropological endeavor of “giving taste” to “ethnographic things.” We address questions such as, how culture mediates our sensory experiences, and explore the anthropological understanding of the sensory body. The course investigates fundamental questions and arguments within anthropology of the senses, and the role of culture in the ways we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
This course focuses on the intersection between disability and anthropology. We examine central issues within anthropological analysis of disability and bodily difference and locate the anthropology of disability within a larger framework of social otherness, reading ethnographies on this subject. The course mainly focuses on physical disability and on anthropological analysis of this category rather than on disability studies as a whole.
This course offers an overview of methodological possibilities in Cultural Studies, looking at the implications of methodology for theory and the shaping of research objects in/through specific approaches. The course addresses varied methodological tools of data gathering, analysis, and interpretation, including textual analysis as well as qualitative research following social agents and cultural experiences. We discuss political and ethical questions related to the researcher’s position in the field, subjectivity, and reflexivity, and methodological approaches typical of different fields. The course includes reading as well as in empirical research experience.
The course offers background and discussion of the art of fieldwork. Classes focus on aspects such as choosing the field, entering the field, the role of the researchers as insider/outsider, data collection, analysis, ethics. The course also focuses on ethnographic writing and will offer tools to develop and practice this type of writing.
This course offers an introduction with theories of embodiment from the fields of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and fields related to embodied actions and knowledge such as sports, dance, and the arts. We discuss questions such as: how does embodied knowledge is taught and learned? what are the relationships between body and language, actions and words? and how can we document and analyze bodily knowledge? The course focuses on central axis within the field of embodiment, including structure/agency, tacit/explicit knowledge, as well as on sites relevant to embodiment such as disability, gender, and medicine.
The course offers introduction with theories focusing on seeing from the fields of sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, disability studies, and visual culture. We examine the act of seeing from a critical perspective and the different meanings given to the gaze in different times and cultures. We discuss both the starer and the staree.
In this course we examine the body as a socio-cultural site, which is shaped within the context of social interactions and cultural institutes. We address the body as a site of power and resistance, and as constructed by and reflects social processes, ideologies, and norms. The first half of the course offers a broad introduction to the anthropology of the body, introduction theoretical concepts relevant to examine the body from a social perspective. The second half focuses on the sensory body, addressing the ways culture mediates our sensory experiences, exploring the questions and arguments within anthropology of the senses, and the role of culture in the ways we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.