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Book Signing: Tell Me Why My Children Died by Charles Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs

The public is invited to a book signing on Thursday, 25 August from 5:30-7:00 at University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley) for the book, Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice (Duke, 2016). UPB will offer wine, cheese, and crackers, and Charles Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs will speak about the book, read a little, and answer questions. 


BCSM Faculty Affiliate Deborah Gordon Featured in ISSI Summer Newsletter

In the latest edition of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues newsletter, Deborah Gordon talks about her research on genetic testing, mammograms, and wounded soldiers. She brings an interpretive approach and decades of cross-cultural research to her disparate projects, unified by the theme of the meanings of knowing.


 "Making Health Public," New Book Co-Authored by BCSM Co-Chair

Book Cover--Making Health PublicCharles Briggs, BCSM Co-Chair, and Daniel Hallin examine the relationship between media and medicine in their new book, Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life (Routledge 2016). Drawing on media content analysis and ethnographic data, the authors highlight the role of news coverage in shaping our understandings of health and disease. Some of the themes of the book will be explored further in a BCSM conference to be held in February of 2017, "Circulating Health: Mediatization and the (Im)Mobilization of Medical Subjects and Objects."


Special Journal IssueRefugees and Im/migrants in American Ethnologist, 1991–2016

In this special issue, the guest editors, including BCSM co-chair Seth Holmes, present a collection of articles that focus on refugees, migrants, immigrants, and mobilities previously published in American Ethnologist. The virtual issue is available free through November 2016 and includes an introduction delineating the themes of "spaces and mobilities, bodies and their ex/inclusions, and activisms and aid," as well as numerous articles including "Practices of translation and the making of migrant subjectivities in contemporary Italy," co-authored by BCSM faculty affiliate Cristiana Giordano, and "Representing the 'European refugee crisis' in Germany and beyond: Deservingness and difference, life and death," by Seth Holmes and Heide Castañeda.


 New Book by BCSM Faculty Members: "Tell Me Why My Children Died"  

Book CoverIn their new book, Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice, Charles Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs tell the story of indigenous leaders' efforts to identify a strange disease that killed thirty-two children and six young adults in a Venezuelan rain forest between 2007 and 2008. The BCSM faculty members relay the nightmarish and difficult experiences of doctors, patients, parents, local leaders, healers, and epidemiologists; detail how journalists first created a smoke screen, then projected the epidemic worldwide; discuss the Venezuelan government's hesitant and sometimes ambivalent reactions; and narrate the eventual diagnosis of bat-transmitted rabies. The book provides a new framework for analyzing how the uneven distribution of rights to produce and circulate knowledge about health are wedded at the hip with health inequities. By recounting residents' quest to learn why their children died and documenting their creative approaches to democratizing health, the authors open up new ways to address some of global health's most intractable problems. 


 How to Count Homeless Youth?

Counting homeless children and young adults is essential to provide services and reduce homelessness. Coco Auerswald, BCSM faculty affiliate and Associate Professor of Public Health, led an initiative to improve these counts in California. The most recent count found over 11,000 "unaccompanied, unsheltered" youth. Read more here.