W003
Feeling and curing: senses and emotions in medical anthropology

Convenors:
Elisabeth Hsu (University of Oxford)
Galina Lindquist (University of Stockholm)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Victoria Recital
Start time:
20 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

This session explores the connections between perception, emotion and bodily symptoms of disease involved in various cultural settings and kinds of treatment, from Western biomedicine to traditional medicine and faith-healing.

Long abstract:

Students of healing in non-Western contexts have long noted that healing performances work in multidimensional aesthetic modes, and that their efficacy lies in changing the sensibilities of the patient. Different aspects of healing are directed to activate their senses, physically shifting their perceptive, and thus their physical realities, engaging sight, smell, taste and kinaesthesia. Since sensory perception and emotions are closely connected with bodily states, they should be taken into account in understanding different varieties of healing process, in Western biomedicine as well as in non-Western medical systems. <br/>This session will take a closer look at pathways of healing that engage senses. It will explore the connections between perception, emotion, meaning and bodily symptoms that are involved in various cultural settings and diverse kinds of treatment. Our aim is to bring together students of Western biomedicine and those of ritual, traditional medicine and faith-healing, to examine differences and similarities in seemingly vastly different paradigms of body, health and treatment.