Dr Marina Levina, University of Memphis
Dr Marina Levina is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on critical cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, visual culture, and media studies. She has published work on health information technology, personal genomics, biocitizenship, networks and globalisation, and visual culture’s engagement with scientific and medical research. In October 2012, she will be a Bright Ideas Fellow-in-Residency at the Genomics Forum at the University of Edinburgh. During that time she will research how the cultural meaning of disease is shaped by new media technologies. Dr Levina is also an avid fan of monster and horror narratives and has written on critical meaning of monsters, and especially their connection to scientific and medical cultural anxieties. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript titled Pandemics in the Media (under contract with Peter Lang Press) and an edited collection Monster Culture in the 21st Century (under contract with Continuum Press; first editor). She can be found at www.marinalevina.com
Organised byEgenis in conjunction with the HASS Science, Technology and Culture research theme.
University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7
In the last several years there has been a significant consideration of how digital media, in particular social media, can be used as a tool to fight pandemics. Digital media prevention strategies focus on harnessing online social behaviours to track pandemics and to distribute actionable, consumer-based, information. In this presentation, I will address how digital media construct pandemics as a global problem that transcends the boundaries of nation-states. I will argue that, consequently, these technological developments constitute citizens’ health in relationship to their online environments and networks in general. I will present a theoretical framework that allows for conceptualization of pandemics in the context of network citizenship, which, as any citizenship, constitutes a particular set of loyalties, moralities, affinities, and addictions.