Anthropologists aim to understand biological substances like blood, bones, and DNA as materials with physical properties that facilitate certain kinds of knowledge about past and present relationships, and also as symbols that powerfully express ideas of belonging and difference. This course keeps both materiality and symbolic meaning in focus through an exploration of blood, bones and DNA as objects, archives, and political things with multiple, contested meanings. We will draw on readings from cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, biological anthropology, science and technology studies, and history.
Section 301 - SEM
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 330
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7461 Fax: (215) 898-7462