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Charles Briggs on Biomediatization and the Collaborative Production of Epidemic Insecurity

The Mountain Library is planning to screen a talk on "Biomediatization and the Collaborative Production of Epidemic Insecurity" by Charles Briggs, from the Lecture Series at University of Chicago Center for International Social Science Research.

Charles Briggs discusses his concept of biomediatization and examines how changing approaches to public health are connected to patterns of collaboration among health professionals from many fields. In contemporary life, the production and circulation of medical knowledge is closely bound to media communication strategies. This lecture explores how the transformation of common life activities such as eating, sex, and education into public health concerns intersects with the transformation of the media into an autonomous institution colonizing other social fields. Charles L. Briggs is the Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Learning How to Ask, Voices of Modernity (with Richard Bauman), Stories in the Time of Cholera (with Clara Mantini-Briggs), Poéticas de vida en espacios de muerte, Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life (with Daniel Hallin) and Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge and Communicative Justice (with Clara Mantini-Briggs). He has received such honors as the James Mooney Award, the Chicago Folklore Prize, Edward Sapir Book Prize, the J. I. Staley Prize, and the Américo Paredes Prize, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, NEH, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.


-- The University of Chicago Center for International Social Science Research is an eclectic intellectual community devoted to nourishing empirical international research across the social sciences. We seek to spark and sustain critical discussions that traverse disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries. CISSR advances social science research that informs and transforms debates on global issues within the academy and beyond.



By screening this talk, we hope to offer a space for discource and recovery from the 2020 Pandemic -- as a means to also reveal the power of our forest chaplaincy at the Mountain Library. The date has not been set for when we plan to screen this talk (within one of our very own community cinemas), so reach out for more information!

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