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Anthropological perspectives on the transformative potential of the pandemic on work and health rights. 
Matteo Saltalippi
Fabrizio Loce-Mandes (Università degli Studi di Perugia)
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Lanyon Building (LAN), 0G/049
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the transformative potential of the pandemic in shaping new forms of workers' struggle regarding work and health rights, and how these raise new questions around labour activism as well as global and public health, and constitute new avenues for future anthropological research.

Long Abstract:

The pandemic has reshaped current work arrangements, allowed for new dimensions where work can emerge, and posed new questions around Global and Public health (Vineis 2020; Koplan et al. 2009). At the same time, the pandemic has engaged workers in new forms of struggle to defend their job and/or demand safe working conditions, triggering new elaborations of right to work and right to health, and posing new questions around labour organisation, health, class identity and activism (Ovetz 2020).

This panel calls for new studies which can reveal a close relationship between work, health and socio-economic inequalities and update the existing corpus of work (Israel et al. 1998; Singer 2016) with a specific focus on the transformative potential of the pandemic to identify future outlooks.

We welcome papers concerning social and structural transformations that emerged or were highlighted during the pandemic, and focus on the interwovenness of work and health rights, as well as the continuing relevance of labour conflict. Papers should engage with the intersection between political, economic, social, and cultural processes which define work and health, as well as exposing the critical encounters between these spheres - from large and international scale, to small and local contexts. Papers can take historical perspectives, and can be based entirely or partially on fieldwork during the pandemic; they can rely on mainstream as well as visual and multimodal approaches.

This knowledge production will help us identify the transformation that occurred since the pandemic, and reveal new avenues for anthropological research.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -