SHUM 4614

SHUM 4614

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Nothing is more essential to humans than everyday sensory experiencing. We feel the rain on our skin, or smell the stench of garbage, and decide what to do. Our senses clue us into possibilities and potential dangers. But are our sensory experiences universal? No. We have ample evidence that what people consider as their senses varies widely across societies, cultures, and national borders. Sensory experiencing also changes over time, with new technologies. This seminar engages the global diversity of sensory apprehension, honing in on multiple sensory forms of 'pollution' (aesthetic, political, ecological, religious, legal and cultural), and emerging conceptual and experiential approaches to "polluted senses." Concepts and enactments of pollution affect what is communally sacred, social, and environmental, but also what is degenerative, contaminated, or corrupt such as health or moral crises and social, political conflicts.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ANTHR 4014

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16814SHUM 4614  SEM 101