#424 Anthropology in Physiotherapist Education. The Physician Poetic Body and the Importance of the Encounter in Caring Education.

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First name Viviana Middle name Luz Last name Toro Matuk
Title Ph.D Adjunct Professor Organization / Institution Ludes Lugano Campus Department Physiotherapy
Address Via dei faggi 4 Postal / Zip code 6912 Country CH
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First name Stefano Middle name Last name Fontana
Title PhD candidate Organization / Institution University of Milano - Bicocca Department Human science for Education Riccardo Massa
Country IT E-Mail Hidden Presenting author No


Abstract title

Anthropology in Physiotherapist Education. The Physician Poetic Body and the Importance of the Encounter in Caring Education.

Abstract text

It is time for Anthropology "to move beyond the academy" (Singer 2005, p.81), Merril Singer outlined, crossing over into its applied dimension, that sees the commitment to change as one of its fundamentals (Singer 1990, pp. 548-549). We will describe the process of a poetic laboratory that we have been conducting since 2018 in the Faculty of Physiotherapy at the Ludes Lugano Campus. Through poetic expression activities, the future physician's body is revealed with its own agency and its own poetics: a canoe prow-board (Gell 1992, p.44) prepared for a new type of encounter with the other - patient, beyond the therapeutic. In this encounter, both mutually transform themselves within the relationship (Ingold 2016), and the educational action becomes political by considering the “encountering” as the elementary structure of care. If the clinical gaze was based on the botanical conception of disease and on the enumeration of “what is discovered as analogous or equal on statistically significant evidence" (Auersperg 2016), the poetizing is able to open spaces in the singularity of each person, to their own subjective perception and to have the courage to express it. This perceived subjectivity is built in a new space, performed by the poetic encounter and by poetic anthropological way to dive in the reality (Bastide 1945) becoming a seismograph (von Hofmanstadt), which includes the mode of objective corporeality to which physiology refer: it is precisely in the “horizon of the encountering” (Auersperg 2016, p. 9), that the possibility of manifestation of the symptoms arise.

Conference topic

Panel no. 60 - Anthropology as Education. Exploring Practices and Opportunities to Employ Anthropology in the Formation of the Citizens and the Professionals of the Future

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This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-11 0:07h by leonardomenegola

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