Features

Notes from Case Zero: Anthropology in the time of Ebola

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The lead for a story on the Ebola outbreak is, by now, familiar: on the 22nd of March, the Guinean Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola, the first ever in the region. The virus has since spread through the countryside and across its borders: west to Sierra Leone, south to Liberia, and most recently, north into Senegal. Cases …

In the Journals

Epidemic Events and Processes — A special section of Cambridge Anthropology

In a special section of their newest issue, entitled “Epidemic Events and Processes,” the journal Cambridge Anthropology presents a series of articles and commentary arising from the 2013 conference ‘Epidemic Crisis: Dialectics of Event and Process,’ which was held at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge. In his introduction, conference organizer …

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Epidemiology, the “Data Deluge,” and the Problem of “Good” Information

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Walking down the halls of a public health agency in the fall of 2009, I quickly became recognizable as the person doing research on information-sharing and sensemaking during infectious disease outbreaks. Two weeks into my tenure, I started being hailed by my academic association and playfully taunted with echoes of my research question: “Hey, Berkeley! Have you figured out the …

In the Journals

"Epidemics": a special issue of Behemoth

The electronic journal Behemoth which “focuses on the general problem of the fading and/or failing state,” has a new themed issue which focuses on epidemics, more specifically exploring “critical issues arising within the new problem space of emerging infectious diseases,” (Caduff 2010).  As Carlo Caduff argues in his introduction to the volume,

“In the aftermath of the Cold

Books

Contemporary States of Emergency

Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. Edited by Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi

Zone Books, 2010
408 pp., $36.95 (hardback)

Reviewed by Ross Parsons
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Africa University, Zimbabwe)

A recent Zimbabwean joke had it that ‘if the four horsemen of the Apocalypse had not already arrived, then there were …

Books

Disaster and the Politics of Intervention


Disaster and the Politics of Intervention
Edited by
Andrew Lakoff

Columbia University Press, May 2010
160 pages, $15.00 (paperback)

Reviewed by Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil

Tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes, pandemics, global warming, and financial crises: lately, catastrophes have become part of a larger conversation about the varied nature of disaster and intervention. Bridging case studies of disasters from around the globe, …