P069
The sensory experience of suffering and healing

Convenors:
Junko Iida (Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare)
Discussant:
Melissa Park (School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University), Komatra Chuengsatiansup (Society and Health Institute, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand)
Location:
101a
Start time:
15 May, 2014 at 8:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel explores the sensory experience of suffering and healing, including bodily experience which transcends the five senses. It will embed these experiences with the particular social complexities and dynamics of both biomedicines and traditional medicines in Asia and Europe.

Long abstract:

Mediating the relationship between self and society, mind and body, idea and object, the senses have been a particular focus in anthropology in the last two decades. The senses are of special interest to medical anthropologists who address suffering and healing as bodily and social experiences. However, much of this research has taken place in the field of non-Western medicine and as a result there lacks sufficient study on the subject in the field of biomedicine. Moreover, the experience of suffering and healing cannot be fully explained in terms of the five senses. This panel thus explores the sensory experience of suffering and healing, including bodily experience which transcends the five senses. It embeds these experiences with the particular social complexities and dynamics of both biomedicines and traditional medicines in Asia and Europe.