Anthropology of Senses
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Course title in Estonian
Meelte antropoloogia
Course title in English
Anthropology of Senses
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lecturer of 2021/2022 Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
Carlo Cubero Irizarry (language of instruction:English)
Course aims
This course will examine ‘the perceptual’ as a social, political, and cultural phenomenon, which is continually undergoing transformations throughout history. From this perspective, the course will consider how perception is experienced and, not only shapes the relations between persons, but also structures the way we encounter and perceive the world.
Brief description of the course
The senses are not limited to the Aristotelian categories of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing but include notions such as balance and sentiment. We will study the sensorium (understood as the entire perceptual apparatus) as a continuously shifting social and historical construct that is variable both within and across cultural groups and not simply a matter of cognitive and neurological mechanisms, as psychologists and neuroscientists would have it.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is familiar with the continually transforming idea of the perceptual.
Carlo Cubero Irizarry
Additional information
The course will be organized around specific themes that will be addressed throughout various sessions. The format of the sessions will be akin to a Seminar or Reading Group. A student, or group of students, will commit themselves to doing an oral presentation on the assigned readings for the session. This presentation will be followed by a group discussion of the themes brought up during the oral report.

More books for suggested additional literature:

Fotiou, Evgenia. 2012. Working with “La Medicina”: Elements of Healing in Contemporary Ayahuasca Rituals. Anthropology of Consciousness, 23:1, pgs. 6- 27.
Straight, Bilinda. 2009. “Sensing Divinity, Death, and Resurrection: Theorizing Experience through Miracles”. Howes, David. The Sixth Sense Reader. Berg Publishers. London.