ANTHRCUL 337 - Death, Dying and the Afterlife
Section: 001
Term: WN 2017
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore how different cultures imagine death and the afterlife, drawing on insights from the anthropology of religion, health, and political anthropology. Based on readings that range from classical ethnographies of death and dying in India, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Japan to contemporary debates surrounding death in North America and Europe, we will discuss cultural theories on what constitutes the moment of death and what happens after. The topics covered include conceptualizations of the body and mind, ideas of the spirit world, shamanism, witchcraft, mortuary rituals, royal and communist corpses, relic veneration, organ donation, end-of-life care, concepts of biopolitics and bare life, cryonics, and political lives of dead bodies.

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ANTHRCUL 337 - Death, Dying and the Afterlife
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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