2020 will be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but humanity has withstood many other pandemics over millennia. In this unit, students will learn how previous pandemics have affected human cultures, what anthropologists who study pandemics can tell us about underlying problems in our societies, and what we need to know moving forward.
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Singer, Merrill. 2009. “Pathogens Gone Wild? Medical Anthropology and the ‘Swine Flu’ Pandemic.” Medical Anthropology 28 (3): 199–206.
Lowy, Ilana. 2020. “The Unknown Known: The SARS Past of COVID-19.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly June 5.
Podcast: SAPIENS Season 3 Going Viral
TED Talk: Alex Rosenthal’s “When Is a Pandemic Over?”
Eshe Lewis (2020)