16:070:510 Personhood

3 credits
Course Description: This course seeks to do a historical and comparative exploration of the concept of personhood in anthropological approaches to culture. It is designed to offer a broad and historically grounded understanding of key anthropological debates about personhood, its social implications, and the relationship between the embodied self and collective identities. To illustrate some of the ways in which anthropologists have sought to understand concepts such as person, individual, embodiment, and self,we will read from a variety of studies on how people in cross-cultural and different institutional contexts conceive of person and self.

Preliminary Syllabus
document Personhood 510 Berg (139 KB)


Departmental Chair
Ryne Palombit
Email - Ryne Palombit
Fall 2021 Office Hrs.
Monday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Virtual
Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Virtual

Graduate Director -
on leave July 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022
Erin Vogel
Email - Erin Vogel

Acting Graduate Director -
from July 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022
Zeynep G├╝rsel
Email - Zeynep Gursel
Fall 2021 Office Hrs. Wed. 2-4 pm RAB 304

Graduate Assistant
Lobna Elberri
Email - Lobna Elberri