Café Scientifique - Pandemics, Globalisation, and Digital Media Technologies
Café Scientifique 23.10.2012
Professor Marina Levina - Universityof Memphis and Bright Ideas Fellow
in association with Café Scientifique Edinburgh
88 Lothian Road
This event is FREE but ticketed. Please book a place online at Eventbrite
Pandemics, Globalisation and Digital Media Technologies
Cultural anxieties about pandemics – such that seen in 2009, involving the H1N1 “swine flu” virus – are increasingly shaped by globalization and developments in digital media and surveillance technologies. As a consequence, the cultural and social response to pandemics is no longer focused on policing national borders, but rather on managing flows of information and bodies across the globe. This talk will examine how the cultural response to pandemics is shaped by anxieties about “permeable” boundaries and identities, as well as considering how traditional, top-down, institutional control is no longer an adequate response the threat posed by viral diseases in the 21st century.
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 published work on health information technology, personal genomics, biocitizenship, networks and globalization, and visual culture’s engagement with scientific and medical research. In October 2012, she will be a Bright Ideas Fellow-in-Residency at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh. During that time she will undertake research on how cultural meaning of disease is shaped by new media technologies. Marina 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
Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings have taken place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context. Edinburgh's Café Scientifique usually takes place on the second Monday of each month at the Filmhouse Café and this particular session is a special collaboration between the Genomics Forum and Café Scientifique Edinburgh.