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71157-01 - Seminar: Anthropological Engagements with Biomedicine 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund (andrea.kaisergrolimund@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Melina Rutishauser (melina.rutishauser@unibas.ch)
Inhalt Is biomedical knowledge a social construction or an absolute truth? In many ways, the relationship between anthropology and biomedicine can be described as a love-hate affair. While acknowledging that biomedicine and its technology have helped to improve the lives of many, it is usually argued that biomedicine, as a socio-technical system (or perhaps as a culture?), follows its own reasoning and practice as it is embedded in a specific social and historical context (Lock & Nguyen 2018, 1).
In this seminar, we will draw on social theory and ethnographic case studies to critically discuss and unpack some of the underlying assumptions that guide biomedical knowledge production. Specifically, we will explore universalizing practices (e.g., related to universal biological norms, standardization, statistics, or technology use), knowledge hierarchies (e.g., with regard to the role of lay experience, but also coexisting medical systems) and health equity (e.g., in terms of regional or global inequalities as well as hierarchies within medical institutions). We will also look at the role and challenges of (medical) anthropologists working in, but also on, biomedically shaped institutions and projects. In addition, we will examine the discipline’s own long-neglected research on biomedicine and the changes in its perception (and representation) since the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Lernziele -An overview of past and present debates about biomedicine
-A critical understanding of anthropological perspectives on biomedicine
-Ability to read and critically evaluate academic texts
Literatur An extensive list of the reading material for the seminar will be distributed at the beginning of the semester.

Lock, Margaret M., and Vinh-Kim Nguyen. 2018. An Anthropology of Biomedicine. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bemerkungen Please note that this seminar is offered as a block course. Due to the blended learning format of this block seminar, there will be self-learning activities between the block sessions. The block of 17-18 May is only reserved as a replacement date.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 25 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 Wochentag Zeit Raum
Block Siehe Einzeltermine


Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 01.03.2024 14.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Freitag 05.04.2024 14.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Samstag 06.04.2024 10.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Freitag 03.05.2024 14.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Samstag 04.05.2024 10.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Freitag 17.05.2024 14.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Samstag 18.05.2024 10.15-17.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
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: Theorien der Kulturanthropologie (Bachelor Studienfach: Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Theorien und Methodologien der Kulturanthropologie (Master Studienfach: Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach: Anthropology)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach: Ethnologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Global Ageing and Health (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Preparatory reading, active participation (online and in class, individual and in groups) and discussion of key texts. Oral and written contributions based on selected texts and topics. If you would like to write a seminar paper in this course, please contact Melina Rutishauser (melina.rutishauser@unibas.ch) and Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund (andrea.kaisergrolimund@unibas.ch) before the beginning of the course.
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