ANTH 597 (01) - Special Topics

Special Top/Dreams and Visions

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Anthropology
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 16330
Occasional and experimental offerings on an entry level. May be repeated for different topics.
Section Comments: Full Title - Dreams, Visions, and Altered States of Consciousness: Indigenous Perspectives
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Instructors: Robin Sheriff

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm HS 201
Additional Course Details: 

ANTH597 (Special Topics) DREAMS, VISIONS, AND ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES
(Cross-listed with Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor)

This course provides an introduction to topics in psychological anthropology through the lens of altered states of consciousness among indigenous peoples across the globe. We will consider both nighttime dreaming and waking-world visions and how these experiences are linked to concepts of community, cosmology, reality, and being. We will look at how knowledge gained from altered states has been harnessed both for ordinary, practical purposes and for extraordinary events. We will also consider the ongoing historical, economic, and political contexts of indigenous peoples, examining how global structures—and resistance against them—continue to impact indigenous communities. Additionally, we will explore the concept of decolonization and raise the question of why non-indigenous people are so often fascinated by indigenous ideas, as well as the ethical implications of cultural appropriation.