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Anthropology of Zoonoses

The Anthropology of zoonoses website presents a body of academic research focusing on social, political and ecological issues that emerge on the edges of human and animal health. To prepare and mitigate pandemics of new infectious diseases, the mutations of microbes among animals have been increasingly monitored through sentinel devices. Our team of social anthropologists work to understand how signs of environmental health are perceived in daily relations between humans and animals

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Funding
ANR Project

Regulating Wetmarkets in Central China : Ethnographic Study of the Perception of Zoonotic Risks after the Covid-19 Crisis. Project funded by the French National Research Agency, 2020-2021.

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New Publication
Parasites

New publication in Parasites, vol. 28: “Social representations of animal diseases: anthropological approaches to pathogens crossing species barriers”, by F. Keck, N. Lainé, A. Morvan & S. Ruhlmann

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Radio Interview
France Inter

Les sentinelles des pandémies with Frédéric Keck. France Inter, program La Terre au carré from the 07/09/2020.

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Anthropology of zoonoses

Pathogens coming from other animal species may cause disastrous effects among humans, as we see with the current Covid-19 pandemic. To prepare and mitigate pandemics of new infectious diseases, the mutations of microbes among animals have been increasingly monitored through sentinel devices.

Our team of social anthropologists investigates the hypothesis that traditional practices and local knowledge, while often criticized as causing zoonoses, can play a determining role in anticipating future epidemics. We work to understand how signs of environmental health are perceived in daily relations between humans and animals.

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Projects

Over the past ten years our team has been involved in several research programs focussing on human / animal relations and zoonoses in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Members & Partners

Based in France, our research group is composed of several international researchers with complementary expertise within various fields, from the anthropology of pandemics to multi-species studies.

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Results & Publications

Our research projects are regularly updated with news from our fieldwork enquiries, the obtained results, peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, and other research related books and publications.

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