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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Anthropology - Selected Current Topics - V832013
Title: Antropologie – vybraná aktuální témata
Guaranteed by: Department of Chemical Education and Humanities (832)
Faculty: Central University Departments of UCT Prague
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:3
E-Credits: summer s.:3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 30 / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: 5
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Holzhauser Petr RNDr. Ph.D.
Martinec Nováková Lenka Mgr. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : V832009
Annotation -
In the form of a series of lectures, the course presents current topics that are dealt with, among other things, by neuroanthropology, a relatively new subdiscipline of anthropology informed by neuroscience, which tries to integrate biological and sociocultural aspects of human existence. In this semester, the cycle is dominantly focused on the topics of mental functioning in the context of selected phenomena that have a pressing impact on the quality of life of the individual and the functioning of society on a broader scale. The course does not aim to present them comprehensively and in all their breadth exclusively from the point of view of a (neuro)anthropologist, but tries to guide the listeners through those that appear abundantly in the current social discourse among experts and in more or less related fields and among the lay public (chronic stress , addiction epidemics and their impact on individuals, their immediate environment and society, the cycle of exposure to violence, trauma and aggression, resilience, etc.). Due to the relative newness of the anthropological subdiscipline, the course is presented as a block, the purpose of which is to introduce it to the widest possible audience. The focus of the final, third block is primarily educational: how can neuroanthropology contribute to the destigmatization of neurodiversity and psychohygiene? How can it be helpful in reducing stress and increasing the overall level of well-being in each of us? In doing so, he chooses means that could not possibly be closer to anthropology - he shows the possibilities of using the therapeutic potential of rituals. The course will be conducted in a form accessible to the widest audience and does not assume previous education in social sciences and humanities.
Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Literature -

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Z: Birk, R. H. (2020). On stress and subjectivity. Theory & Psychology, 31(2), 254-272. doi:10.1177/0959354320953904

Z: Cascio, M. A. (2020). Neurodiversity as a Conceptual Lens and Topic of Cross-Cultural Study. In C. A. Cummings, L. J. Kirmayer, S. Kitayama, R. Lemelson, & C. M. Worthman (Eds.), Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Models, and Applications (pp. 477-493). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Z: Clarke, J. M., & Waring, J. (2018). The transformative role of interaction rituals within therapeutic communities. Sociology of Health & Illness, 40(8), 1277-1293.

Z: Collura, G. L., & Lende, D. H. (2012). Post-traumatic stress disorder and neuroanthropology: Stopping PTSD before it begins. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 36(1), 131-148. doi:

Z: de Oliveira, J. (2023). Neuroanthropology applied to eating disorders: A field of study for eating practices. Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence. doi:

Z: Decety, J., Pape, R., & Workman, C. I. (2018). A multilevel social neuroscience perspective on radicalization and terrorism. Social Neuroscience, 13(5), 511-529. doi:10.1080/17470919.2017.1400462

Z: Deeley, Q. (2018). Neuroanthropology: Exploring Relations between Brain, Cognition, and Culture. In (pp. 380-396). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Z: Downey, G. (2015). The Importance of Repetition: Ritual as a Support to Mind. In M. Bull & J. P. Mitchell (Eds.), Ritual, Performance and the Senses (pp. 45-61). London: Routledge.

Z: Downey, G., & Lende, D. H. (2020). Neuroanthropological Perspectives on Culture, Mind, and Brain. In C. A. Cummings, L. J. Kirmayer, S. Kitayama, R. Lemelson, & C. M. Worthman (Eds.), Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Models, and Applications (pp. 277-299). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Z: Grinker, R. R. (2019). Autism, “Stigma,” Disability: A Shifting Historical Terrain. Current Anthropology, 61(S21), S55-S67. doi:10.1086/705748

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Z: Sterling, P., & Platt, M. L. (2022). Why Deaths of Despair Are Increasing in the US and Not Other Industrial Nations—Insights From Neuroscience and Anthropology. JAMA Psychiatry, 79(4), 368-374. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.4209

Z: Syme, K. L., & Hagen, E. H. (2020). Mental health is biological health: Why tackling "diseases of the mind" is an imperative for biological anthropology in the 21st century. Am J Phys Anthropol, 171 Suppl 70, 87-117. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23965

Z: Turner, R. (2015). Ritual Action Shapes Our Brains: An Essay in Neuroanthropology. In M. Bull & J. P. Mitchell (Eds.), Ritual, Performance and the Senses (pp. 31-44). London: Routledge.

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Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Learning resources - Czech

Povinná literatura (viz výše), moodle - prezentace z vybraných hodin

Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Teaching methods - Czech

kopíruje zátěž studenta, 1 kredit = 28 hodin, suma = počet kreditů a hodinový rozsah

Činnost Kredity/Hodiny

Účast na přednáškách 1/ 28

Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1/ 28

Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1/ 28

Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Requirements to the exam - Czech

Písemný test z povinné literatury.

Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Syllabus -

1) Anthropology: introduction to the discipline and the lecturer

2) Neuroanthropology: an introduction to the discipline

3) Biological anthropology and "diseases of the soul" in the 21st century

4) Stress and distress as a subjective response and a cultural concept

5) Neuroanthropology and eating disorders

6) Lives of despair, deaths of despair from the perspective of anthropology and neuroscience

7) Dependent behaviors from the perspective of neuroanthropology and neuroscience

8) Neuroanthropology of substance use

9) Radicalization and terrorism from the perspective of social neuroscience

10) War and Uprootedness: A Neuroanthropological Model of Trauma

11) "Are you even normal?" Part I: Neurotypicality, neurodivergence, neurodiversity

12) "Are you even normal?" Part II: Stigma in historical perspective (using autism as an example)

13) Rituals and neural plasticity

14) Healing potential of rituals

Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Entry requirements - Czech
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Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Course completion requirements - Czech

Aktivní účast na přednáškách, úspěšné absolvování písemného testu z povinné literatury

Last update: Čapek Adamec Martin (01.02.2024)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1 28
3 / 3 84 / 84
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Regular attendance 33
Examination test 67