Anthropology of the Senses

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Anthro of the Senses
Spring 2023
Taught By: Abou Farman
Section: AX

CRN: 13698

Credits: 4

Anthropologists study the senses in relation to the social, political and cultural context in which the human sensorium is formed and assumes significance. Aside from their neurobiological underpinnings, the senses – and there are more than 5! – are dynamic interfaces in our relationship to the world, mediating and being mediated by cultural, technological and political changes. At different times in different places, the sensorium has been divided and organized in different ways. Which senses are emphasized and which senses get repressed, by what means and to which ends? What are we allowed to sense, and what sensings are taken as signs of madness, assumed irrational or delusory? Starting with some classic anthropological works on the senses in different cultures, the course will focus on sensory experiences less considered, as well as practices of perception and the cultivation of a range of sensory capacities, from sensing the dead to healing via hallucinations.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 2:30pm EDT 9/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1102
Date Range: 1/27/2023 - 5/12/2023