|8 Oct 2012
|12:30pm - 2:00pm
|CRASSH Meeting Room
Dr Christos Lynteris
The seminar will examine how scientific interpretations of late 19th century and early 20th century Mongol and Buryat engagement with plague vectors in Inner Asia constitutes an act of epistemological enclosure that renders human life outside set boundaries of what cannot not-be-known unthinkable and unintelligible. Arguing against the medical anthropological mainstream seeking to establish the value of native knowledge in terms of Western scientific understandings of infectious diseases, the seminar will underline the importance of the impotentiality of knowledge as a subject for anthropological investigation.
About Christos Lynteris
Christos has been at CRASSH since October 2011. His research focuses on the neglected transregional socio-ecological aspects of pneumonic plague in Inner Asia. From Tibet through Qinghai, Mongolia and Manchuria, to the South Siberian steppes of Transbaikalia, societies as diverse as Buryat herders, Mongol hunters and Tibetan nomads share their environment with the natural reservoir of Yersinia pestis: marmots. His book The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China: Socialist Medicine and the New Man, Palgrave/Macmillan will be published in October 2012.
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