This panel combines medical and sensory anthropological approaches to explore innovative treatment avenues for mental and other chronic conditions. The panel aims to bring together movement practitioners, anthropologists and the neuroscientists. Contributions can be multi-modal.
Chronicity poses a key problem to 21st century health care. This panel aims to combine medical and sensory anthropological approaches to explore innovative treatment avenues for mental and other chronic conditions. Pharmacotherapy is the usual approach, and talk therapies are sometimes recommended. Movement therapies have recently gained in popularity, often as leisure activity with a preventive health benefit. This medical anthropology panel calls for contributions exploring to what extent specific forms of movement are suited to specific groups of people and complaints. We have in mind, for instance, studies on contact improvisation for overcoming shyness and social marginality, eurhythmia for dyslexic and other linguistically challenged children, qigong as 'meditative' movement strategy to overcome anxieties, taijiquan for the elderly, and the like. The panel aims to bring together movement practitioners - therapists, artists and dancers - and researchers working in anthropology and the neuro-sciences. Contributions can be videos, performances, graphics, and just papers, with or without ppt.