Anthropology

ANTH 2559: The UVa-U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab [3]

Patricia Wattenmaker, Associate Professor

Initially launched at UVA and William and Mary in fall 2013, the Diplomacy Lab is a collaboration between the State Department and universities nation-wide. The Diplomacy Lab is designed to engage the American people in the work of diplomacy and to broaden the State Department's research base in response to a proliferation of complex global challenges. The initiative enables the State Department to work with students and faculty to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy. Students participating in Diplomacy Lab explore real-world challenges identified by the Department and work under the guidance of faculty members to conduct research and make proposals to the State Department. This initiative provides a unique and important opportunity for students to gain real-world skills and experience as they contribute directly to the policymaking process. It represents a new type of partnership in which the research and knowledge building of the University contributes directly to the work of public institutions.


ANTH 2590: Body & Soul: Greco-Persian Paradigms of Health & Personhood [3]

Dionisios Kavadias & Rose Wellman, Instructors

This course examines the Greek and Persian traditions of medicine in order to better understand 1) the historical roots of Western medical thought, and 2) how these interrelated traditions still influence assumptions about health and the body throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the 21·' century. Questions will focus on how these traditions came to define (and redefine) such concepts as
health, body, reproduction, bodily substance, gender, and the overall nature of human beings. For this reason, we will survey major texts from the canon of medicinal philosophy-from  Hippocrates and Aristotle in Greek antiquity to Avicenna and Razi in the rise of Islam in the Middle Ages-but also contemporary cases taken from ethnography and other modern cultural accounts. Finally, we will compare the Greco-Persian paradigm(s) of medicine to those we encounter in ethnographic case­ studies from such places as China, America, Amazonia, Indonesia, and India. Most texts will be explored in class through guided reading and discussion exercises.