A roundtable at gloknos in collaboration with The Global War Against the Rat and the Epistemic Emergence of Zoonosis project (University of St Andrews).
The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a zoonotic virus, SARS-CoV-2; in other words, a virus which has spread from animals to humans. This roundtable discusses the way in which different animals and forms of human-animal contact have come to be understood and framed in the context of the pandemic. In which ways does the pandemic confirm, trouble or scientific anticipations of zoonotic emergence? To what extent do framings of COVID-19 as a zoonotic disease reflect broader anxieties about human interaction with the environment? Why have 'wet markets' become the main loci of blame for zoonotic emergence? And how can we develop an approach to the zoonotic aspect of the disease that is grounded in both disease ecology and ethnographic understandings of animal-human interaction?
Convenor: Dr Christos Lynteris (St Andrews)
Dr Lyle Fearnley (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
Dr Tamara Giles-Vernick (Institut Pasteur/Sonar-Global)
Dr Frédéric Keck (CNRS/EHESS)
Professor James Wood (Cambridge)