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An Anthropological Perspective Of Epidemics – Online

Writing in 2015, Yuval Noah Harari said we have managed to rein in plague, alongside famine and war (humanity's three great problems). We have, he said, transformed these problems from 'incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges' (Homo Deus, Vintage 2016). Is he right? How do our reactions to the current pandemic compare to those of people in other cultures and other times to similarly frightening epidemics?

Writing in March 2020, in the middle of Covid-19, Harari acknowledges that humankind is now facing a global crisis. This storm will pass, he says, but the choices we make now could change our lives for years to come (Harari, Financial Times 20/3/20). What are those choices? What are we learning about changes that are needed to make life safer? And what about changes that are wanted to make life happier?

This course will investigate beliefs about and responses to various epidemics across time and space. We will also consider likely and/or desirable changes to our post-Covid-19 way of life.

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