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04. Mai 2021

M.A. Health and Society in South Asia (MAHASSA) program

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*Medical Anthropology Forum*, organized by the M.A. Health and Society in South Asia (MAHASSA) program, of the Department of Anthropology (South Asia Institute)in Heidelberg, Germany.

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29. Apr - 10. Jun 2021

SEMINAR SERIES - Vaccines in View

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Incorporating pandemic public health, social inequalities, geopolitics, conspiracies and beyond, COVID-19 vaccines find themselves at the centre of the most significant debates of our time.

Anthropologists and social scientists have particularly important voices that need to be heard on this matter and are placed in the unique position of watching noteworthy global events unfold before us. As such, UCL Medical Anthropology invites you to engage with unfolding debates on vaccines and the pandemic through the 'Vaccines in View Seminar Series'.

The online series will run on zoom every Thursday from 5-6pm BST (GMT+1) over the summer term, featuring a different distinguished invited guest each week to discuss vaccines and vaccinations. Together, the series seeks to develop an anthropological overview of the vaccine question and seek to better bring the myriad issues that we face more clearly into view.

29th April
Andrew Lakoff (University of Southern California)
A Regulatory State of Exception: Vaccines and the Politics of Expertise in the Covid Emergency

6th May
Frédéric Keck (National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) France)
Stockpiling Vaccines, Storing Viruses: the Cryopolitics of SARS-Cov2

13th May
Jens Seeberg (Aarhus University)
The Fight for the Magic Vial: Vaccine Politics, Needs and Infrastructures in Denmark

20th May
Shelley Lees (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Anthropological Insights into Vaccine Trial Participation: Lessons for Engaging Publics in Vaccine Deployment

27th May
Ted Fischer (Vanderbilt University)
Values, Vulnerabilities, and Vaccines: Cultural Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

3rd June
Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews)
Vaccination as Spectacle: Empire, Gender and Photography

10th June
Tamara Giles-Vernick (Institut Pasteur)
The Sonar-Global Network, Vulnerability and Vaccination in the COVID-19 pandemic

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29. Apr 2021

SOCIAL SCIENCE FORUM SEMINAR - Dr Josephine Mukabera on gender relations and health in post-genocide Rwanda

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You are all warmly invited to the next BSMS Social Science Forum event on Thursday 29th April at 12pm (London, UTC +1). Please join through the recurring Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/96015240088. Everyone is welcome.

This is a seminar event, and we are honoured to welcome as our speaker Dr Josephine Mukabera, Director at the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda. You may wish to read some of Dr Mukabera's publications in advance and I have provided links below. Her bio is attached. Please also find attached a list of forthcoming seminars. Please do circulate through your networks.

Title: Women's Status, Gender Relations and Health in Post-Genocide Rwanda.

Speaker: Dr Josephine Mukabera, Director at the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda

Chair: Dr Richard Kalisa, 5S Foundation/University of Rwanda

Description: After the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, the Government introduced gender equality programs in its development priorities to reduce gender-based inequalities and poverty. However, some people remain biased against the concept of women in positions of power. Dr Josephine Mukabera will discuss changes related to women's status and gender relations at the local level of Rwanda, as well as gender issues in relation to realizing the right to healthcare for persons with disabilities, including neglected tropical diseases.

Publications:

Mukabera, J and Umutoni, J (2020) Realizing the right to health of persons with disabilities in Africa: Empowering Health Professionals for Quality Care of Persons with Disability. A Case of Rwandan Public and Private Health Caregivers. US-China Law Review, Volume 17 (163) Free full text: http://www.davidpublisher.org/Public/uploads/Contribute/5ff6e8b59b726.pdf

Mukabera, J (2017) Women's Status and Gender Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda. Focus on the Local and Everyday Life Level. Globethics.net Theses No. 24. Free full text: https://www.globethics.net/documents/4289936/13403260/GE_theses_24_isbn9782889311934.pdf/c15798ec-d1de-4a2a-865d-e108ee293bd2

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23. Apr 2021

WEBINAR - Re/defining essential work through migration during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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23 April, Friday, 2pm CET/9am Argentina, online

please register to via eventbrite to receive a zoom link : https://www.eventbrite.fi/e/150797301789

This webinar is aimed to explore the intersection of three debates that converged ever closer during the COVID-19 pandemic . Firstly, we draw on empirically-grounded studies of the change of productive and reproductive work under advanced capitalism with an emphasis on the informal and gig economy. We connect these to recent research on the link between migration and social class, which has challenged discussions of cultural capital as merely transported across borders, urging scholars to explore how it is differentially activated by individual migrants. We intersect these two debates with the emerging discussions on the broken link between valorisation and remuneration of 'essential work' under the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult relation between 'risk' and 'skill', 'worth' and 'reward' especially for precarious and migrant workers. The webinar aims to contribute to the ongoing debates on the rise and fall of the progressive cycle of Latin America, and to lay the foundation for a larger process rethinking the link between migration, labour, social mobility in large processes of social transformation.

The event will take place online, please register so a zoom link is sent to you.

It will be in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Speakers and topics:

* Gabriella Alberti - University of Leeds, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) _Migrant 'essential' work: a view from the United Kingdom _

* Neda Deneva - Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University _Essential workers or dangerous bodies: Eastern European labour migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic._

* Jan Grill - Department of Social Sciences, Universidad del Valle _Precarious lives and works re-configured: Covid-19 pandemic and Venezuelan migrants in the city of Cali, Colombia _

* Manuel Ruiz Durán - Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, & Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina - _Hypervulnerability of migrants and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemia: some reflections from Argentina _

* Julieta Haidar - University of Buenos Aires & Trade Union Training School of the Workers' Innovation Center (CITRA) _Labour platforms in COVID times in the Global South. An opportunity for social advancement?_

* Jésica Lorena Pla CONICET/IIGG/University of Buenos Aires & Mariya Ivancheva - University of Liverpool, CHES - _Re/Defining 'Essential Work': COVID-19 Pandemic and High-Skilled Venezuelan Migrants in Argentina's Gig Economy_

Time: 23 April 2021, 12pm UK/9am Argentina

Conveners: Dr Mariya Ivancheva, Dr Jésica Lorena Pla

The webinar is part of the research project "Re/defining Essential Work: the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on Venezuelan migrants in Argentina" supported by SSRC Covid-19 Rapid Response, Grant and Wenner Gren's Global Initiatives Grant, and also with the support of the University of Liverpool, and Gino Germani Research Institute, University of Buenos Aires.

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22. Apr - 27. Apr 2021

ONLINEEVENTS - Transnational/Multilingual Responses to the Pandemic

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The Institute of Modern Languages Research has convened two events as part of the School of Advanced Study's 'Open for Discussion' series. Both events draw on the policy recommendations developed as part of the past four years' research in the context of the AHRC's Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

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Covid-19, International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration

22 April 2021

18:00-19:30 BST

https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/23366

During a 'global' pandemic, the capacity to learn from the experience of others and share knowledge across borders is essential. Responses to Covid-19 have varied markedly across the globe. The differences in the approaches taken are due to systemic political and economic conditions, but also to cultural and historical factors. One lesson that has emerged clearly is that only a joint transnational effort will enable us to respond efficiently and decisively to the threat of an illness that knows no borders. In this panel discussion, Humanities scholars of languages and cultures will reflect on the handling of the pandemic in their cultural/geographic area of expertise - and suggest lessons to be learned from other nations. They will then go on to explore the place of creative and cultural production in building a more transnationally interlinked post-Covid world - as well as the contributions to be made by research in the Humanities, and specifically Modern Languages.

_Discussants:_
Charles Burdett / Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR), Chairs

Astrid Erll (Frankfurt)
Charles Forsdick (Liverpool)
Ignacio Peyró (Director Instituto Cervantes London and UK Coordinator. Author)
Alejandro Arenas-Pinto (UCL)
Nelson Mlambo (University of Namibia)
Leon Rocha (Lincoln)

_Respondent_: Steven Wilson (Queen's University Belfast)

_All are welcome to attend this free event, starting at 6pm BST. The joining link for the online event will be sent out to all those registered prior to the event: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/23366

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Languages and the Pandemic: Public Health Engagement with Multilingual Communities in the UK

27 April 2021

18:00-19:30 BST

https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/23365

During a 'global' pandemic, the capacity to learn from the experience of others and share knowledge across borders is essential, as is the need to recognise that linguistic and cultural marginalization in the UK risks further alienating communities at a time of public health emergency. Covid-19 has at once revealed and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities across the UK. The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black, Asian and minority ethnic people has been documented in reports by the director of Public Health London, Professor Kevin Fenton. In one of these reports, he identifies the need for culturally appropriate and cross-language communications for minoritized communities in the UK.

Drawing on the expertise of those working with multilingual communities in the UK, this discussion probes to what extent national and local communications and responses to COVID-19 can more effectively address the complex needs of multilingual communities in the UK, resulting in more inclusive, socially egalitarian and effective public health engagement.

_Discussants:_
Joe Ford / Naomi Wells (IMLR), Chairs

Li Wei (UCL)
Emma Whitby (Chief Executive of Healthwatch Islington)
Yaron Matras (Manchester)
Claudia Lopez-Prieto (Citizens UK)
Carolina Camelo (Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK)
Soledad Montanez (Manchester / IMLR)

_All are welcome to attend this free event, starting at 6pm BST. The joining link for the online event will be sent out to all those registered prior to the event: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/23365

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