The Culture of Pandemic Disease Threats


Program Description:

This presentation will discuss the emergence and proliferation of avian influenza (bird flu) across the world. It explores the role of Asian poultry production systems in the spread of the disease, as well as technoscientific approaches to managing the virus. This presentation discusses the cultural aspects of managing pandemic influenza threats in resource poor settings in Asia, as well as the political and ethical aspects of scientific research on mutant flu viruses.


Natalie Porter

Natalie Porter is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches courses in medical anthropology and science and technology studies. Her research concerns the social, political, and ethical aspects of pandemic disease management in Southeast Asia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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