Ethnographic Data as Epidemiological Evidence

  • Lynteris, C. (Organiser)
  • Ann Kelly (Organiser)
  • Carlo Caduff (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a conference


Contemporary global health is characterised by an attention to the complex social, cultural, political and ecological contexts of disease. Recent global health crises such as the Ebola epidemic have underlined the importance of social and cultural sensitivity for responding to an outbreak, while the rise in chronic conditions has made health behaviors, understanding and lifestyle choices key objects of intervention. The ever-increasing demand for ethnography in reducing the risk of disease spread raises a number of important questions: How is ethnographic information transformed into epidemiological evidence? What are the epistemological, ethical and political implications of this “translation”? How are different genres of evidence integrated into understanding, controlling and communicating the risks of an epidemic? This conference seeks to bring together medical anthropologists, epidemiologists and scholars working at the intersections of disease control and the social sciences in order to examine the prospects and risks of an epidemiological elaboration of ethnographic insights.
Period26 Nov 201827 Nov 2018
Event typeConference
LocationGeneva, SwitzerlandShow on map