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53566-01 - Seminar: Medical research in (East) Africa: Historical and anthropological perspectives 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Brigit Obrist van Eeuwijk (brigit.obrist@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Over the past decades, historians, anthropologists and other scholars have scrutinized medical research in Africa. Many of them came up with sophisticated criticisms of modernization narratives, development paradigms and disciplinary regimes shaping knowledge production during colonial and post-colonial times up to now. Others have questioned the impact of biomedicine on Africa and examined the impact of Africa on the closely related disciplinary fields of botany, zoology, medicine and pharmacology. In this seminar we explore how we can move beyond dualistic arguments and connect our current work to the past, present and future, to global-local entanglements, to those using technopower, “weapons of the weak” (Scotch 1985) and spiritual power, to those who develop global utopias and to those who dream about diverse African modernities. What was the role of Swiss science and development in the context of African decolonization – and up to now? How has traditional medicine become constructed as a viable category of research and policy-making, by whom and why? Based on past and ongoing research projects, we shall engage with these and related topics, questions and debates.
Lernziele The aim of the seminar is to historicize biomedicine and to develop critical perspectives on the life sciences in general:
- Have Western values and virtues been internationalized through biomedicine?
- Have the new life sciences come to fundamentally challenge our understanding of being human - also in Africa?
- How can we situation biomedicine in particular historical, cultural, economic and political contexts?
- How can we expose the moral assumptions underpinning biomedical research and interventions?
Literatur Lock Margaret and Vinh-Kim Nguyen (2018) An Anthropology of Biomedicine. Wiley Blackwell.
Hunt Nancy Rose (2013) Suturing New Medical Histories of Africa. Lit Verlag. (Carl Schlettwein Lectures, Bd. 7)
Wenzel Geissler Paul, Rottenburg Richard and Julia Zenker, eds. (2012) Rethinking Biomedicine and Governance in Africa. Contributions from Anthropology. Transcript Verlag.
David Baronov (2008) The African transformation of Western medicine and the dynamics of global cultural exchange. Temple University Press.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 21.02.2019 – 23.05.2019
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 21.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 28.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 07.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 14.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Donnerstag 21.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 103
Donnerstag 28.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 04.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 103
Donnerstag 11.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 103
Donnerstag 18.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 25.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 103
Donnerstag 02.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 09.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 16.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 23.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Public Health and Social Life (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Active participation in discussios, and writing a reading response paper, a course diary or a commentary (3 KP).
It is possible to write a seminar paper (5 KP).
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Ethnologie