Zur Merkliste hinzufügen


60328-01 - Seminar: Anthropology in/of Epidemics 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund (andrea.kaisergrolimund@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt As moments of both biological and social crises, epidemics require immediate, real-time response. The Ebola crisis in West Africa has led to an appreciation of anthropological participation in national and international decision-making processes with regard to epidemic prevention and control. Obviously, however, anthropologists have not always been able to do what global health organizations expected, namely to decipher the mystery of "local culture". Nevertheless, "cultural practices" provided a starting point for anthropologists' engagement with epidemics and contributed to an understanding of the social pathways of disease transmission and of possible barriers to treatment and care, building on past experiences (for example, with HIV/AIDS) and situating epidemics in historically and politically sensitive contexts.
Apart from the fact that epidemics represent a rich ethnographic research field, they can also pose some methodological, epistemological and theoretical challenges for current anthropology. What role do animals play in the interspecies transmission of zoonotic pathogens and how do these entanglements contribute to the recent "ontological turn" in anthropology? In which ways do infrastructures and technologies reveal power relations in epidemic control and how do they shape "hot spots" of disease transmission? In this block seminar we will explore these and other questions by looking at anthropological contributions to past and present epidemics and pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, cholera, Ebola, Zika and COVID-19, but also by applying the analytics to non-infectious diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
Lernziele -A critical understanding of anthropological perspectives on epidemics
-An overview of past and present debates about anthropologists’ engagements in epidemics
-Ability to read and critically evaluate academic texts
Literatur An extensive list of the relevant literature will be distributed at the beginning of the semester.

Kelly, A. H., Keck, F., & Lynteris, C. (2019). The Anthropology of Epidemics. Abingdon, Oxon, New York: Routledge.
Bemerkungen Please note that this seminar is offered as a block course. Due to the blended learning format of this block seminar, the block days will consist of synchronous (zoom) as well as asynchronous (individual/group) work phases and there will be self-learning activities between the block sessions.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 20 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 05.03.2021 – 24.04.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 05.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 09.04.2021 14.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Samstag 10.04.2021 10.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 23.04.2021 14.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Samstag 24.04.2021 10.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Advances in Epidemiology, Statistics and Global & Public Health (Masterstudium: Epidemiologie)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Public Health and Social Life (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Global Ageing and Health (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Preparatory reading, active participation and discussion of key texts during synchronous and asynchronous work phases. Oral and written contributions based on selected case studies.

If you would like to write a seminar paper in this course, please contact Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund before the beginning of the semester (andrea.kaisergrolimund@unibas.ch).
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Ethnologie