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Panzootics, beyond pandemics and zoonoses 
Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews)
Frédéric Keck (Collège de France)
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Ann Kelly (King's College London)
Hannah Brown (Durham University)
Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

"Panzootics, Beyond Pandemics and Zoonoses" will bring for the first together anthropologists in discussing and defining a new field of investigation situated between medical anthropology and multispecies ethnography: global epidemics of diseases among non-human animals, known as panzootics

Long Abstract:

In the past three years a global epidemic phenomenon has been unfolding, drawing much less attention or intervention that the Covid-19 pandemic. Known as a panzootic, this is a phenomenon that affects non-human animals. At present, two distinct panzootics are underway. First, SARS-CoV-2, Covid’s pathogen, has spilled-back to nonhuman animals, both domesticated and wild, establishing what scientists believe to be vast reservoirs of the virus. Second, a highly pathogenic influenza strain, H5N1, has been affecting and decimating populations of domestic and wild birds, as well as maritime mammals across the globe. The panel invites talks on the phenomenon of the panzootic, including both diseases that affect populations of one species across the globe, and diseases that spread across species on global scales. We invite papers on a) ethnographies of panzootics or epizootics with a panzootic potential; b) pandemic-panzootic dynamics; c) how medical and veterinary anthropology can help us conceptualize and understand panzootics; d) the challenge posed by panzootics to One Health and Planetary Health approaches; e) the ways in which panzootics are visualized or mediatized; f) how our understanding of panzootics may be informed by animal studies and multispecies ethnography, and what challenges panzootics poses to these approaches; g) how panzootics trouble understandings of the Anthropocene. Bringing together anthropologists to discuss panzootics as a global challenge for the first time, the panel will allow participants to define together an emerging field of investigation and conceptualisation at the crossroads of medical anthropology and multispecies ethnography.

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -