Ebola Crisis in West Africa: Epidemic Projections and the Politics of Reckoning

Date(s) - 04/28/17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Buffett Center

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Buffett Institute

Ebola Crisis in West Africa: Epidemic Projections and the Politics of Reckoning

Buffett Institute

Friday, April 28, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

This talk will address the various ways ‘projection’ — statistical, psychoanalytic, cartographic — mattered for developing responses to the 2013–15 West Africa Ebola outbreaks.

Adia Benton (anthropology) has interests in global health, biomedicine, development and humanitarianism and professional sports. Broadly, she is interested in patterns of inequality in the distribution of and the politics of care in settings “socialized” for scarcity. This means understanding the political, economic and historical factors shaping how care is provided in complex humanitarian emergencies and in longer-term development projects – like those for health. These concerns arise from her previous career in the fields of public health and post-conflict development in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

This is part of the Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium. On Fridays during the school year, the Buffett Institute hosts Northwestern faculty and/or visiting fellows to present their current research. This forum brings together an interdisciplinary audience to build awareness of global research on campus. The series helps promote dialogue on scholarship and develop a deeper sense of community among Buffett Institute affiliates. Each meeting lasts one hour; lunch is provided. Please arrive early to get lunch and find a seat.

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