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This series explores the effects of viruses and virality around the globe from historical, cultural, and political perspectives. Presenters will discuss the expansion of viruses through the lens of epidemiology, anthropology, geography and literature. In addition, “virality”—a term that became part of the English vocabulary in 1994—will be addressed through history and the study of social media.
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:20 p.m.Alison Hall, Room 133
All visitors to campus must adhere to University COVID protocols
For further information, please contact Carla Guerrón Montero, Department of Anthropology
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Feb. 8: Introductions and information about the course (only for students taking the series for credit)
Feb. 15: Jennifer Trivedi, Anthropology & Disaster Research CenterRecoveries, Risks, and Recognitions: Covid-19 and Chronic Illness in America Filtered Through an Autoethnographic Anthropological Lens
Feb. 22: Daniel Kinderman, Political Science & International Relations and European StudiesThe Virality of Right-wing Populism in Europe and Beyond
Mar. 1: Benét Burton, Delaware Art Museum/ Winterthur Museum, Garden and LibraryInsidiously Sophisticated: From Blackface to Blackfishing
Mar. 8: Guy Golan, Strategic Communication (Texas Christian University)Going Viral on Social Media
Mar. 15: Jennifer Horney, Epidemiology Program and Disaster Research CenterWhat’s Next? The Unmeasured Toll of COVID-19 on the Public’s Health
Apr. 5: Luiz Trigo, School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (University of São Paulo, Brazil)The Effects of COVID in the Tourism Industry in Latin America
Apr. 12: Richard Hanley, PhilosophyThe Garden of Your Mind: How Memes Destroy Mill's Marketplace of Ideas
Apr. 19: Stephanie Porras, Art History and Chair, Newcomb Art Department (Tulane University)An Early Modern Viral Image
Apr. 26: Ann H. Kelly, Anthropology & Global Health (Kings College, London)Making of a Global Health Emergency: Dynamics of Global Health Attention and Neglect in the Ebola Outbreak Response
May 3: Amy Bleakley, CommunicationWhat’s the Story? An Analysis of the COVID-19 Information Environment from 2020-2021
May 10: Molly Zuckerman, Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies, (Mississippi State University)Bioarchaeological & Paleopathological Approaches to Pandemics
May 17: Screening of documentary “Feels Good Man” (2020)In Collaboration with University of Delaware’s Library, Museums, and Press
This one-credit course satisfies a core requirement for the Global Studies major and minor.
For more information, visit our website
The Center for Global and Area Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences’ hub for world scholarship and engagement, supports academic programs in African, Asian, European, Islamic, Jewish, Latin American & Iberian, and Global Studies. CGAS also organizes lectures and events in global and area studies, develops related majors and minors, and awards.