Research Group Medical Anthropology

Research Group Medical Anthropology

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Bats in the sky of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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The research group explores the co-production of societies and epidemics. 

We conduct ethnographic field research on Ebola outbreaks and the Covid-19 pandemic in the DR Congo, Uganda, and in Germany. 

We aim to develop an anthropological perspective on epidemics and pandemics, asking how epidemics (or pandemics) become global socio-political crises.

Our research projects engage these questions along the 4 thematic axes:

     Viral Atmospheres

     Mobility and Mutations

     Bodies and Infection

     Mistrust and Trust


Dr. Sung-Joon Park: ein Forscher der schulterlanges Haar, eine runde schwarze Brille, ein dunkles Sakko über einem dunkelblauen Oberteil trägt.
Research Group Leader

Dr. Sung-Joon (Song) Park

Telefon: +49 40 285380 711


Research Group Medical Anthropology

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