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61825-01 - Übung: Bodily Ways of Knowing: Sensory Ethnography in African Context 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Marta Rudnicka (marta.rudnicka@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course is aimed at the introduction and problematization of the basic notions from the anthropology of the senses and sensory ethnography in the context of contemporary Africa studies. Today’s ethnography can be characterized by an increasing interest in the use of sensory methodologies in research and representation (Pink 2013). Along with methodologies, an ever-growing interest in the sensory knowledge and its production stands the challenge of anthropological interrogation. Sensory ethnography, which rise was noted as a part of the sensory turn in anthropology in the 1980s, pays attention to the ways of the body and the corporeal knowledge created through practices, movements and ways of sensing.
The course focuses on the sensory research and corporeal knowledge in non-Western societies, mostly in Africa. First, the course addresses the methodological challenges of doing sensory ethnography in the countries of the global south. It draws from the lecturers own experience in doing sensory oriented research in northern Ghana. Furthermore, the course examines the ways of creating corporal knowledge through various sensory practices (eating, dancing, learning etc.) and the role of the corporeal knowledge in anthropological understanding of the Other. By concentrating on different ways of „making sense of the world” the course problematizes the role of the sensory experience in creating popular imageries of Africa.
Lernziele Participants know the current state of sensory anthropology, sensory ethnography and their fundamental concepts;
are able to address methodological difficulties embedded in the sensory-oriented research;
are aware of the sensory bias of the researcher working in non-Western societies;
know the contemporary literature in anthropology of the senses and case studies from non-Western context;
are conscious of the popular imagery of the African sensorium and its problems.
Literatur Classen, C. (1993). World of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and across Cultures. London: Routlege.
Damasio, A. (1999). The Feeling of What Happens: body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. San Diego: Harcourt.
Geurts, K.L. (2003). Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community. Berkeley, Los Angeles, CA, and London: University of California Press.
Hahn, T. (2007). Sensational Knowledge—Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.
Howes, D. (2003). Sensing Culture: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press
Pink, S. (2013) Engaging the Senses in Ethnographic Practice, The Senses and Society, 8:3, 261-267
Pink, S. (2009). Doing Sensory Ethnography. London: Sage.
Stoller, P. (1997). Sensuous Scholarship. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 04.03.2021 – 03.06.2021
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 04.03.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 11.03.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 18.03.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 25.03.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 01.04.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 08.04.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 15.04.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 22.04.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 29.04.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 06.05.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 13.05.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 20.05.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 27.05.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 03.06.2021 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Public Health and Social Life (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Forschungsfelder der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Interdisciplinary and Applied African Studies (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2020))
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The assessment will be based on the weekly presence and preparedness for the class. Activity in discussion and knowledge of the obligatory reading will be expected. Students will take turns in being „an expert” on the assigned paper and contribute to the moderation of the discussion. For their final assessment students will work in groups to prepare a detailed sensory-oriented research plan and present in during the last session of the semester.
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 Zentrum für Afrikastudien