21 Jun 2013 - 22 Jun 2013 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


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Christos Lynteris (CRASSH)



The conference seeks to bring anthropological, historical and public health perspectives on ‘event’ and ‘process’ as two aspects of infectious disease outbreaks in an interdisciplinary dialogue that takes into consideration recent social theoretical and philosophical discussions of ‘event’ but are, at the same time, firmly grounded on the ethnographic and epidemiological reality of epidemics. The aim of the conference is both theoretical, in the sense of expanding anthropological and historical discussion regarding the relation between event and process, and applied, in the sense of bringing epidemiologists and social scientists in dialogue on the role of subjects in such crises, and the importance of social perceptions of epidemic outbreaks in the process of preventing and containing them.


Questions to be raised during the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:



  • What types of subjects are involved or arise from the dialectic between the evental and processual aspect of epidemics?
  • In which ways may different event theories, such as proposed by Alain Badiou, Marshall Sahlins or Caroline Humphrey, inform our understanding of the historical and ethnographic reality of outbreaks?
  • How can Merrill Singer’s syndemic theory help us reappraise the event-process dialectic?



Keynote speakers include:

  • Frédéric Keck (EHESS, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale)
  • Ezra Barzilay (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
  • Carlo Caduff (King’s College, University of London)






Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust.



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