Academic Conference: Circulating Health: Mediatization and the (Im)Mobilization of Medical Subjects and Objects

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 01:30 to Friday, February 10, 2017 - 04:30

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This interdisciplinary, international conference features scholars from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Singapore, the UK, and the USA. The conference explores intersections between health and media, including how health news shapes conceptions of the body, life, death, race, health, disease, and health care and ideas about what constitutes knowledge about health, who has it, who needs it, and what sorts of rights and obligations it engenders. 

Free and open to the public. Please register in advance (form linked below).
Location: Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall (map linked below) , UC Berkeley
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1:30- 2:00: Introduction
Charles L. Briggs, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Daniel C. Hallin, Communication, UC San Diego

2:00-3:30: Mediatization vis-à-vis Biomedicalization
Nick Couldry, Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science
Adele Clarke, Sociology and History of Health Sciences, UC San Francisco

3:30-4:00: Break

4:00-5:30: Health News and Health Communication: Shaking Up Dominant Practices
Sheldon Ungar, Sociology, University of Toronto
Mohan Dutta, Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore


9-10:30: Media, Language, and Health Inequalities: Critical Anthropological Perspectives
Rose Marie Beck, African Studies, Leipzig  
Leo Chávez, Anthropology, UC Irvine

10:30-11:00: Break

11:00-1:00: How Can Health Journalism Inform Media Studies and Linguistic Perspectives on the News?
Michael Schudson, Journalism, Columbia
Julia Sonnevend, Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Geert Jacobs, Linguistics, University of Ghent

1:00-2:00: Lunch for all attendees

2:00-4:00: From Research to Practice: New Collaborations, New Ways of Mediatizing Health?
Moderators: Charles L. Briggs and Daniel C. Hallin
Richard Besser, ABC News
Lori Dorfman, UCB School of Public Health and the Berkeley Media Studies Group
Mohan Dutta, Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore
Edward Wasserman, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

4:00-4:30: Reception      

Sponsored by: Berkeley Center for Social Medicine and Institute of International Studies
Co-sponsored by: Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Journalism, Townsend Center for the Humanities, and School of Public Health, Berkeley Media Studies Group of the Public Health Institute, and the Folklore Graduate Program

The room is wheelchair accessible; please enter from the South Drive entrance (the Campanile side).
For other accessibility requests, please call or email at least one day prior to the event. 510 642-0813



220 Stephens Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States