Public lecture Charles L. Briggs and Daniel C. Hallin on medicalization and the media

(16-11-2017) CIMS announce the public lecture, given by Prof. Charles Briggs (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) and Prof. Dan Hallin (Department of Communication, University of California).

Title: “Mediatizing Biosecurity: Journalists, Public Health Officials and the Co-Production of Pandemics”

When: 17 November 2017 at 2.30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium NB II, Universiteitstraat 8, Ghent

Abstract: The 2009 pandemic of H1N1 (or "swine flu") is widely seen as a model for risk and emergency communication in public health. At the same time, it violates many common assumptions about health communication, including the assumption that health knowledge is first produced by science and later transmitted to publics, and the assumption that science and journalism represent two separate and essentially antagonistic cultures. Using both critical discourse analysis and ethnography, we explore here the mediatization of pandemics--their co-production as public objects by journalists, public health officials and others, including the debate about "media hype" in public health crises, the role of biosecurity exercises, and the boundary work that contains the virus discursively.

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