Presence: Making Contact With The World

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2019

Taught By: William Scarlett

Section: A

CRN: 7136

Credits: 4

From health practices that call on us to be present, to tech companies promising telepresence, to psychology research on selfhood and embodiment, “presence" is imagined as a core feature and goal of our social worlds. This course heeds the many calls to “be present” in order to examine forms of presence as contemporary and historical cultural phenomena. We will explore a variety of sensory practices of making things present, such as bodies, selves, voices, communities, worlds, deities, voids, or spirits of the dead. We will investigate the role of images in making presence, as well as the tension between presence and media technologies, i.e. telepresence. This will lead to a discussion of the relationship between presence and its pathology, dissociation. The course may draw on sources from ethnography, philosophy, history, media studies, psychology, neuroscience and art. Students will be encouraged to engage with presence through their own research practices developed over the semester. For Anthropology majors this course satisfies requirements in Writing or Doing.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 5:22am 5/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1102

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019