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ANTHROPOLOGY

CODE 65629
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 3nd year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 3nd year of 10841 SCIENZE DELL'EDUCAZIONE E DELLA FORMAZIONE (L-19) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/08
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The study of anthropos is an easy target for reductionism: it is often reduced to its cultural or biological aspects. Nevertheless, the nature-culture dichotomy is hardly ever questioned. To be human means to be a product of - and to produce - a specific human world, it means to be immersed in an specific relational environment that shapes our being.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course offers a broad introduction to the fundamental notions of anthropology (variation, differentiation, phylogenetic evolution); it presents the many biocultural strategies developed by different human populations; and concludes with anthropology of health and illness, and ethnopsychiatry. Particular attention will be paid to the critical analysis of data.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course students will be able to

    1) expose the fundamental topics and areas of research of contemporary anthropology;
    2) remember and connect main anthropological theories and the data upon which they are construed;
    3) appreciate human variability and the plurality of existing "human worlds", reading them according to the scientific data presented in the course;
    4) critically analyze scientific data and theories, understanding their social, ethical and political implications;
    5) analyize the filed of health / illness / therapy / healing in a complex and anthropologically sound way.

    PREREQUISITES

    None.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course is entirely developed through lessons delivered by the teacher or, in some cases, by experts in the anthropological field or on relevant themes. If time allows, a short film club can be organized at the end of the course, aimed at conveying, in its minimal form, the sensation known as "anthropological bewilderment".

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    1) Biological and cultural anthropology: conceptual analysis of the divide.

    2) Natural hisotry, theory of evolution and genetics from Darwin through the XX century.

    3) Human phylogeny: evolutionary timeline, systematics, close relatives, paleoanthropology.

    4) Human ontogeny: variability, bio-culture, practices and implicit knowledge..

    5) Medical anthropology

    6) Ethnopsychiatry.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The 6 CFU program implies the study of the lecture notes (a), one book chosen form the list (b), and two papers chosen from the list (c).

    The 9 CFU program implies the study of the lecture notes (a), two books chosen form the list (b), and three papers chosen from the list (c).

    Lecture notes and papers are available at the Section of Anthropology's library (tel. 010-2099745, email: elena.limardo@unige.it). Books can usually be found in city libraries, or can be bought in bookshops.

    (a) Lecture notes.

    (b) Books' list:

    • Barbujani G., 2006. L’invenzione delle razze. Bompiani, Milano.
    • Barbujani G. & Brunelli A., 2018. Il giro del mondo in sei milioni di anni. Il Mulino, Bologna.
    • Beneduce R., Etnopsichiatria. Sofferenza mentale e alterità fra storia, dominio e cultura. Carocci, Milano.
    • Coppo P., 2003. Tra psiche e culture. Elementi di etnopsichiatria. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2003.
    • Coppo P., 2005. Le ragioni del dolore. Etnopsichiatria della depressione. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.
    • Coppo P., 2013. Le ragioni degli altri. Etnopsichiatria, etnopsicoterapie. Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
    • Corbey R., 2005. Metafisiche delle scimmie. Negoziando il confine animali-umani. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2008. [also available in English]
    • Despret V., 2001. Le emozioni. Etnopsicologia dell’autenticità. Elèuthera, Milano 2002. [aussi en version français]
    • Good B.J., 1994. Narrare la malattia. Edizioni di Comunità, Torino 1999.
    • Gould S.J., 1993. Otto piccoli porcellini. Riflessioni di storia naturale. Il Saggiatore, Milano, 2003. [also available in English]
    • Hazen R., 2013. Breve storia della Terra. Il Saggiatore, Milano 2017. [also available in English]
    • Illich I., 1976. Nemesi medica. L'espropriazione della salute.            Red!, Milano 1991-2005.
    • Ingold T. & Pallson G. (eds), 2013. Biosocial becomings. Integrating social and biological anthropology. CUP, Cambridge 2013.
    • Jablonka E. & Lamb M., 2005. L’evoluzione in quattro dimensioni. Variazione genetica, epigenetica, comportamentale e simbolica nella storia della vita. UTET, Torino 2007. [also available in English]
      LeVine R.A. & New R.S. (a cura di), 2008. Antropologia e infanzia. Sviluppo, cura, educazione: studi classici e contemporanei. Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2009. [also available in English]
    • Lewontin R., 1993. Biologia come ideologia. La dottrina del DNA.  Bollati Boringhieri, Torino. [also available in English]
    • Quaranta I. (a cura di), 2006. Antropologia medica. I testi fondamentali. Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
    • Reichholf J.H., 1992. L’impulso creativo. Garzanti, Milano 1995. [also available in English]
    • Rogoff B., 2003. La natura culturale dello sviluppo, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2004. [also available in English]
    • Sahlins M., 1972. L'economia dell'età della pietra. Elèuthera, Milano 2020. [also available in English]
    • Scott J., 2017. Le origini della civiltà. Una controstoria. Einaudi, Torino. [also available in English]
    • Sheldrake M., 2020. L'ordine nascosto. La vita segreta dei funghi. Marsilio, Venezia 2020. [also available in English]
    • Sow I., L'io culturale. Dall'etnopsichiatria alla transcultura. Armando editore, Roma. [existe aussi en français]

    (3) Papers' list:

    • Chandler M.J. & Lalonde C., 1998. Cultural continuity as a hedge against suicide in Canada’s First Nations.  «Transcultural psychiatry» 35, 2, pp. 191-220.
    • Coppo P. & Consigliere S., 2009. Psicologie, etnopsichiatria, sistemi di cura. «Humana.Mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies» n. 11, Oct. 2009, pp. 125-136.
    • Csordas T.J., 1990. Embodiment as a Paradigm for Anthropology. «Ethos» 18 (1), pp. 5-47.
    • Deutscher G., 2010. Pensieri obbligati. «Internazionale» 867 (08/10/2010), pp. 54-58. (English version: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html?_r=0)
    • Gardner L.I., 1972. Nanismo da deprivazione. «Le Scienze» 50, pp. 72-78. [also available in English]
    • Gould S.J. & Lewontin R.C., 1979. I pennacchi di San Marco e il paradigma di Pangloss. Critica del programma adattazionista. Torino: Einaudi (Piccola Biblioteca on line), 2001. [also available in English]
    • Graeber D. & Wengrow D., 2018. How to change the course of human history (at least, the part that's already happened). «Eurozine» https://www.eurozine.com/change-course-human-history/
    • Hahn R., 1999. Expectations of sickness: concept and evidence of the nocebo phenomenon. In: KIRCSH Irving, How expectancies shape experience. American Psychological Association, Washington D.C. 1999, pp. 333-356.
    • Lestel D., 2009. Pensare con l’animale. «Discipline filosofiche» XIX (1), 2009, pp. 153-169.
    • Margulis L., 2001. Simbiosi ovunque. «Kaiak. A Philosophical Journey» 7 (2020). [also available in English]
    • Marmot M., 2005. Social determinants of health inequalities. «Lancet» 365, pp. 1099–1104.
    • Novick D., Haro J.M., Hong J., Brugnoli R., Lepine J.P., Bertsch j., Karagianis J., Dossenbach M., Alvarez E., 2012. Regional differences in treatment response and three year course of schizophrenia across the world. «Journal of Psychiatric Research» 46, pp. 856-864
    • Ochs E. & Schieffelin B.B., 1984. L’acquisizione del linguaggio e la socializzazione. Tre percorsi evolutivi e le loro implicazioni. In: Shweder R.A. & LeVine R.A., 1984. Mente, Sé, emozioni. Per una teoria della cultura. Argo, Lecce 1997, pp. 317-362. [also available in English]
    • Ramirez-Goicoechea E., 2013. Life-in-the-making: epigenesis, biocultural environments and human becomings. In: Ingold T. & Palsson G. (eds), 2013. Biosocial becomings. Integrating social and biological anthropology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2013, pp. 59-83.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    STEFANIA CONSIGLIERE (President)

    CRISTINA ZAVARONI

    SIMONA PARAVAGNA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    27th of September 2021

    Class schedule

    ANTHROPOLOGY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Per il superamento dell’esame sono richieste (a) la conoscenza del programma d’esame, ovvero dei contenuti delle dispense del corso, e (b) l’approfondimento critico di almeno uno dei temi proposti nelle dispense tramite lo studio dei libri e degli articoli proposti, organicamente scelti in vista dell’approfondimento. Una Bibliografia ragionata sarà a disposizione per farsi un’idea dei contenuti dei testi in bibliografia.

    In order to pass the exam, one must (a) know the exam program, i.e., the contents of the lecture notes; (b) develop and in-depth critical analysis of at least one of the themes presented in the lecture notes through the study of the reading list proposed in the "Readings/Bibliography" section; these readings must be systematically chosen in view of the critical analysis.

    The exam consists of an interview.Students will first be asked to expose their in-depth analysis through the chosen literature; after that, their knowledge of the themes presented in the lecture notes will be assessed.

    Learning outcomes, assessment method and bibliography are identical both for students who follow the lessons and for those who do not.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Knowledge of the contents of the lecture notes counts for 24/30 of the final vote. The capacity to develop a critical in-depth analysis of an anthropological theme counts for 6/30 of the final vote.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    16/12/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    17/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    31/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    09/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    23/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    06/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    04/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Exams are normally held at the Anthropology Section of DISFOR (via Balbi 4, 4th floor) and begin at 9.00. Only in case of further global health emergencies, examinations will be made through the Teams platform. Inscriptions must be made through the apposite UniGe web service, as detailed by the University rules. Students who work or with special needs will be examined first.