Ann Herring Winter 2010-11

Department of Anthropology McMaster University

ANT 739 ANTHROPOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The anthropology of infectious disease is an emerging area of inquiry and important nexus of biocultural research. It is a significant site for anthropological theorizing because it is situated at the nexus of the microcosmos and human behaviour. What place does infectious disease occupy in anthropological thinking? How do anthropologists study infectious disease? How have formulations of the role of epidemics influenced the way anthropologists think and write about people and human history? What do anthropologists have to say about one of the central concerns of 21st century western society? This course considers the place occupied by infectious disease in contemporary anthropological research and explores what anthropologists contribute to the discussion. One of my goals for this course is to encourage a rich, respectful and productive dialogue about infectious disease from the perspective of the various branches of anthropology, and beyond. I want to provoke a healthy creative dialogue between students whose research focuses on interpretive, critical, and metaphorical standpoints with others more interested in biomedical or archaeological approaches to infectious disease. I want us to explore and develop a distinctive anthropological discourse about infectious disease and epidemics, past and present, not conventional to epidemiology or the history of medicine. I also want this course to have a strong element of experiential education, and thereby contribute to your development as professional, practising anthropologists. To this end, the main purpose of the course will be for each student to write a paper for publication or presentation at a scholarly meeting on a topic of interest in the anthropology of infectious disease. This project will help you apply your knowledge in a practical way and also help to build your curriculum vitae. We will work collaboratively to help each other produce a publishable paper. Through supportive discussion, brainstorming and constructive reading, we will develop a feasible research project for each member of the class. We will use our Avenue website extensively to collaborate and communicate outside of class meetings, share articles, and express joys and sorrows as the research and writing process unfolds. Our learning in the course will be shaped by the interests of the members of the class and will involve self-directed and peer learning. In our first meeting, we will chart out potential topics for discussion. I act as active consultant and resource, rather than as lecturer or discussion leader. For our first class, please read and be prepared to discuss Warwick Anderson’s (2008) book, The Collector of Lost Souls (see required reading). Course Goals $ to experience a rich, respectful and productive dialogue about infectious disease from the full spectrum of perspectives within anthropology and allied disciplines $ to learn how to write a paper for publication

Greenblatt. Oxford: Berg Press. Marcia. (2005) Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History.$ $ $ to apply knowledge to enhance curricula vitae to engage in self-directed and peer learning Proposed Evaluation to be discussed Proposed Topics to be discussed Required Reading Anderson. W. Ewald. A. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press Herring. Duffin. Cohn. Paul (1999) Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues. Policy Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. eds. (2009) Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society. Briggs. Crawford.. eds. Grygier. (2002) The Black Death Transformed: Disease and Culture in Early Renaissance Europe. Washer. Oxford: Oxford University Press. New York: Routledge. (2005) Lovers and Livers: Disease Concepts in History. Warwick (2008) The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press. Farmer. (2003) Emerging Pathogens: Archaeology. Duffin. Nichter. ________(1994) Evolution of Infectious Disease. Durham. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Jaclyn and Sweetman (2006) SARS in Context: Memory. D. M. of California Press. Dorothy H. Trostle. A. C. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Jaclyn. João (2007) Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival. and Spigelman. New Jersey Princeton University Press. Samuel K. New York: Anchor Books. Social Representations. Mark (2008) Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions. North Carolina: Duke University Press. James A.. Warwick (2006) Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Some Recommended Reading Anderson. P. Biehl. . Berkeley: U.. Hahn Robert and Inhorn. Bashford. Pat Sandiford (1994) A Long Way From Home: The Tuberculosis Epidemic among the Inuit. Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease. (2005) Epidemiology and Culture. History. Alison and Hooker. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Princeton. C. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. eds. and Swedlund. Oxford: Oxford University Press. jr. Charles L. Race and Hygiene in the Phillipines. and Mantini-Briggs. Claire (2001) Contagion. Berkeley: University of California Press. The 2002 Joanne Goodman Lectures. Peter (2010) Emerging Infectious Diseases and Society. (2010) Plagues and Epidemics: Infected Spaces Past and Present. (2000) Plague Time. and Biopolitics Matter. Clara (2003) Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling During a Medical Nightmare. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2002) Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues. Cambridge. CA: Jossey-Bass.A. Women. (2006) Aboriginal Health in Canada. C. Tomes. Christopher (1996) Plagues. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Janes. Nancy (1998) The Gospel of Germs: Men. Morse. J. and Durham.. Marcia C. Singer. . San Francisco. (2008) Contagious: Cultures. Mass. eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. and the Microbe in American Life. Environments and Disease. Terence and Slack. Australia: Gordon and Breach Publishers.. Merrill (2009) Introduction to Syndemics: A Systems Approach to Public and Community Health. Scott. and the Outbreak Narrative. T. Stephen S. Durham and London: Duke University Press.. Tony (2001) Human Frontiers. Waldram. R. Carriers. Vancouver: UBC Press. Kelm. David. D. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Wills.. Jerry D. and Young. Durham. Charles (1992) Explaining Epidemics and Other Essays in the History of Medicine. Lashley. (2001) Biology of Plagues: Evidence from Historical Populations. Paula (1999) How to Have Theory in an Epidemic: Cultural Chronicles of AIDS. ed. Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley: Greystone Books. Susan and Duncan. Waltner-Toews.Inhorn. and Brown. Rosenberg. (2007) The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases that Jump from Animals to Humans. Lindenbaum. McMichael. London: HarperCollins. Ca: Mayfield Press. Mountain View. and Gifford. Mary-Ellen (1998) Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900-50. M. Ranger. (1993) Emerging Viruses. R. Stall. (1994) Disease and Social Diversity: The European Impact on the Health of Non-Europeans. Felissa R. Treichler. Reidel Publishing Company. Paul (1992) Epidemics and Ideas: Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence. (1997) The Anthropology of Infectious Disease: International Health Perspectives. P. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Shirley (1979) Kuru Sorcery: Disease and Danger in the New Guinea Highlands. Christopher J. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Herring. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. S. (1986) Anthropology and Epidemiology. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Priscilla. North Carolina: Duke University Press. eds. Kunitz. Stephen J.: Harvard University Press. Dordrecht: D. Wald. K.

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