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 Ebola–Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Anthropology 

Submitted by Carlo Becker on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:45

On Wednesday, December 17, Prof. Dr. Rose Marie Beck (Universität Leipzig, Institut für Afrikanistik) will give a talk entitled "Ebola–Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Anthropology." The presentation will be held at 1 p.m. in the Neues Seminargebäude, room S420. Please read the following abstract for further information.

Taking its start in a remote village in Guinea in December 2013, the current outbreak of Ebola has spread in different forms across the whole world: as medical problem, as research topic, as individual fate of illness and dying, as apocalyptic fear, as crisis of (local and global) health, of politics and inter/national institutions, of human rights, with profound social, economic and political consequences mostly in Western Africa. Taking „facts“ about the current outbreak (who, how, where, what, when) as starting point, three selected aspects shall be highlighted: Health as a public good (global health), local responses to Ebola (security, care, „Ebola is real“), and ethical issues (epidemics control, development of vaccines, human trials). Sociological and historical knowledge about similar epidemics (earlier outbreaks of Ebola, plague, Typhoid, HIV/AIDS) provide a meaningful context for a deeper understanding of the current outbreak and responses to it. Finally, Prof. Beck will make some comments on expected further developments of the epidemic. There will be ample room for questions and discussion.

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