DICAN Webinar no.1 "Anthropologies of Urgency: Lessons from COVID-19"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Online
  • Lecturer: Lenore Manderson, Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Ayo Wahlberg, Professor MSO at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
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  • Organiser: Uppsala University/University of Copenhagen
  • Contact person: Claudia Merli
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You are warmly invited to attend the first webinar organized by the Disaster and Crisis Anthropology Network (DICAN, part of the European Association of Social Anthropologists). This is the fist of three #DICANwebinar events to be organized this Fall, focusing on pandemics and epidemics, COVID-19 and SARS.

Viral Loads: Anthropologies of urgency in the time of COVID-19, edited by Lenore Manderson, Nancy J. Burke, and Ayo Wahlberg is available from 20th September in Open Access in pdf format via UCL Press at the following link https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/176695 Two of the authors will discuss this impressive contribution for DiCAN network, to deepen our analysis and understanding of urgency in the current pandemic. 

Drawing upon the empirical scholarship and research expertise of contributors from all settled continents and from diverse life settings and economies, Viral Loads illustrates how the COVID-19 pandemic, and responses to it, lay bare and load onto people’s lived realities in countries around the world. A crosscutting theme pertains to how social unevenness and gross economic disparities are shaping global and local responses to the pandemic, and illustrate the effects of both the virus and efforts to contain it in ways that amplify these inequalities. At the same time, the contributions highlight the nature of contemporary social life, including virtual communication, the nature of communities, neoliberalism and contemporary political economies, and the shifting nature of nation states and the role of government.  

LENORE MANDERSON is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her work is concerned with inequality, the social context of infectious and chronic diseases in Australia, Southeast and East Asia, and Africa, and increasingly, the environment. She is the author or editor of 28 books, and over 700 articles, book chapters and reports, including Surface Tensions (2011), Connected Lives (edited with Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, 2020), and Viral Loads – Anthropologies of Urgency in the time of COVID-19 (edited with Nancy J. Burke and Ayo Wahlberg, 2021). She was awarded the Society of Medical Anthropology Career Achievement Award in 2016, and in January 2020, she was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia. 

AYO WAHLBERG is Professor MSO at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. Working broadly within the field of social studies of (bio)medicine, his research has focused on traditional herbal medicine (in Vietnam and the United Kingdom), selective reproductive and genetic technologies (in China and Denmark) as well as health metrics (in clinical trials and global health). In his current project "The Vitality of Disease - Quality of Life in the Making", funded by the European Research Council (2015-2021), a team of ethnographers have explored how chronic living forms the everyday lives of millions of people who live with health conditions throughout the world and how it has emerged as a therapeutic site. He is the co-editor of Viral Loads – Anthropologies of Urgency in the time of COVID-19 (UCL Press), author of Good Quality - the Routinization of Sperm Banking in China (University of California Press), co-editorof Selective Reproduction in the 21st Century (Palgrave MacMillan) and editor at the interdisciplinary journal BioSocieties (Palgrave Macmillan).

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