Technics of the Body

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Technics of the Body

Fall 2020

Taught By: William Scarlett

Section: A

CRN: 9330

Credits: 4

As technology inserts itself into more aspects of our lives, it is also changing human bodies and the way humans move through the world. This course will investigate technology’s complex relations with the body, senses, and social life, asking how the boundaries between body, mind, and society are conceptualized, performed, and disrupted in various contexts. Anthropology has asked questions about the body’s relationship to the world and to the mind at least since 1934, when Marcel Mauss proposed the study of “techniques of the body.” A rich body of cross-cultural research has developed since then around themes such as embodiment and the senses. We will explore contemporary and historical practices involving media, medicine, magic, multi-species engagements, methods of scientific observation, and more. We will examine phenomena like out of body experiences, encounters with spirits, and virtual telepresence to ask how these may challenge and expand our concepts of body and mind. And we will experiment with developing our own methods, concepts, and tools for critically and creatively investigating these areas through fieldwork.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:47am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: TBD

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/16/2020