The Cruelty of War: Repairing COVID-19 Through Healing and Care

By Emily Yates-Doerr “We are at war” says the head of the World Health Organization, warning the world that “the virus threatens to tear us apart.” “We’re at war with a virus,” the former US vice-president says at a presidential debate. The current US president has labeled himself a wartime president. “We are at war, […]

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‘Social Distancing’ is more than standing 6 feet away

By Kamala Russell As of early April 2020, nearly half of the global population are under orders to cease public life as usual, to shelter in place in their homes, and to maintain safe distance from those not in their households to mitigate the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In the United States, this latter […]

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COVID-19: What can the United States learn from the Democratic Republic of the Congo?*

By Rachel Niehuus and Jason Stearns Discussions of COVID-19 often cast the Global South as the tragic victim of an imminent surge in cases there. Doctors and public health experts have lamented the weak health systems in the Global South––there are fewer than 130 ICU beds in Haiti and perhaps only 500 ventilators for 190 […]

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The Pain of Waiting During a Pandemic: Displacements of Disability in a Time of Crisis

By Amanda Votta I woke up one morning in early March with the worst sore throat I’d had in a decade. My entire body hurt five times more than usual, and I felt so cold I was shaking. When I took my temperature, though, it was a normal 98.2F. And my throat, even if it […]

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Coronashock Capitalism: The Unintended Consequences of Radical Biopolitics

By Stefan Ecks 2020 is a significant year for the social sciences. Not only because COVID-19 changed how we think about global connectedness and local distancing. By some strange coincidence, 2020 also marks the 100th anniversary of Max Weber’s death. He was only 56 years old when he died in Munich on June 14th, 1920. […]

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Reflecting on “#MeToo Meets Global Health: A call to action”

by Rachel Hall-Clifford (Agnes Scott College) and Arachu Castro (Tulane University) Within global health, we rarely discuss gender-based violence that occurs during fieldwork—even among those of us who study gender-based violence.  It becomes a different phenomenon when we have experienced it firsthand. In April 2018, during the Workshop on Ethically Managing Risk in Global Health […]

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Remarks on “#MeToo Meets Global Health: Gatekeepers and Missing Women

by Kimberly Theidon (Tufts University) I was pleased to be invited to provide remarks on “#MeToo Meets Global Health: A Call to Action.”  I approach the topic as someone who has been active in addressing campus sexual assault and harassment, and believe that many of the same factors that allow universities to remain sites of […]

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Anthropology and (Feminist) Collective Action: Naming and Eliminating Sexual Harassment in Anthropology and Global Health

by Gelya Frank (University of Southern California) The April 2019 Statement by Participants of the Global Health Fieldwork Ethics Workshop led by anthropology and public health scholars Rachel Hall-Clifford (Agnes Scott College) and Arachu Castro (Tulane University) makes a significant contribution to anthropology’s self-awareness as a profession and expectations for ethical conduct.[1] The Statement calls […]

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A Response to #MeToo Meets Global Health: A Call to Action

by Elizabeth Wirtz (Purdue University) The age of #MeToo calls for not only increased recognition of the pervasiveness of gender-based violence (GBV), but also concerted and sustained efforts to address the causes of and potential solutions to GBV. #MeToo Meets Global Health: A Call to Action exemplifies the type of public and collaborative work that […]

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Apply Within! MAQ Book Reviews Editor

Call for Applications: Medical Anthropology Quarterly Book Reviews Editor   Medical Anthropology Quarterly invites applications for the position of Book Reviews Editor. This is a three-year appointment, starting in January 2020. The Book Reviews Editor is responsible for the intake and cataloging of all volumes received from publishers; for identifying books appropriate for the journal; […]

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