Conference Schedule

Friday April 1

9:00     Welcome  (Peter Brown and Sabrina Jin)

9:20 -10:30   Session 1 Medical Anthropological Perspectives on the Covid-19 Pandemic 

(Chairs: Sarah Jung and Anne Stegall)

  1. Ron Barrett  — The Ancient Determinants of Future Pandemics
  2. Molly Zuckerman  — What can past pandemics tell us about present-day pandemics?
  3. Sarah WillenJournaling the Pandemic: What 24,000 Journal Entries Tell Us about COVID-19
  4. Emily Mendenhall — Unmasked: Doing COVID Ethnography at Home
  5. Casey Bouskill — Global Health Security: George was right
  6. Anat Rosenthal — Global Health Beyond COVID-19

10:30 – 11:00 Small Group Discussion 1

11:00 – 12:30  Session 2: Medical Anthropology and Global Public Health

(chairs: Divya Arora and Shadman Kabir)

  1. Aun LorDefining and building the evidence-base for global health equity
  2. Dan Hrushka —  One size does not fit all: universal standards can hide deprivation
  3. Kenny Maes — Community health workers and lay counsellors:  practices and impacts
  4. Svea Closser — How to Get Public Health Systems to Change (and other things)
  5. Howard Chiou — Applying Anthropology to Global Vaccine Demand
  6. Jennifer Kuzara —  Decolonizing Foreign Assistance: Challenges of the Local

12:30 – 2:00   LUNCH (Box lunch; enjoy it anywhere on campus)

2:00 – 3:20     Session 3 Medical Anthropology and Mental Health

(chairs: Yena Woo and Elizabeth Chong)

  1. Brandon KohrtFrom Nepal to New York: Global Mental Health in the US
  2. Elena LesleyMental health therapy in Cambodia
  3. Michelle ParsonsAn anthropology of loneliness: weak ties, places, and practices
  4. Jo WeaverStudying Women’s Distress in India
  5. Kathy TrangMaternal mental health and child development among Rohingya           Refugees
  6. Tyralynn FrazierCompassionate children, healthy adults?

3:20 – 4:00  Small group discussion #2 

4:15 – 5:15 Session 4   Medical Anthropology at Emory (1995-2022; contributions of PJB)

  • Sarah Willen and co-conspirators

5:30 Champagne Toast   Raise a toast to celebrate and recognize the “old guard” who founded the department and PhD program (Peggy Barlett, Peter Brown, Mel Konner, Bradd Shore, and Carol Worthman)

7:30 PARTY!   Home of Peter and Betsy Brown, 310 Nelson Ferry Rd, Decatur, GA 30030

Saturday April 2

 9:30  – 10:45 Session 5  Medical Anthropology, Ethnography, and Engagement

(chairs: Nick An and Jess Qui)

  1. Cameron Hay-RollinsChronic Pain in Rheumatology: Suffering and Perseverance
  2. Jennifer Tookes — Injury, Health and Masculinity among Commercial Fishers in Georgia
  3. John Bing — What the Hell is Wrong with American Men
  4. Ben Junge — Political ambivalence and universal healthcare in Brazil
  5. Melissa MelbyPUS (Public Understanding of Science) of the Microbiome
  6. Vinay Kamat — Conservation, Extraction, and Dispossession in Tanzania 


11:00 – 12:20 Session 6  —Theory, Methods, and the Future of Medical Anthropology

(chairs: Mario Sanchez de Campo and Blaise Hartsoe)

  1. Matt Dudgeon —  Achieving equity: immigrants in the electronic medical record
  2. Kendra Hatfield-Timajchay — Rapid Ethnographic Assessment as a Tool in Public Health
  3. Jason DeCaro — Biolinguistic Synthesis in Medical Anthropology
  4. Alexa Dietrich — Anthropology and Disaster Research: The Big Tent in a Storm
  5. Tassie Hirschfeld — New Wars and New Methods for Medical Anthropology
  6. Daniel Lende — Reworking Culture for Applied/Medical Research and Work

12:20 – 12:50  Small group discussion #3

12:50 – 1:00 Conclusions — Peter Brown