Friday, July 31, 2020

[Webinar] Face Masks: From Medicine to Culture, from Culture to Medicine


On July 31, I joined Dr. Michael Tan, professor, academician, and medical anthropologist, in giving a webinar entitled "Face Masks: From Medicine to Culture, from Culture to Medicine" organized by the Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (MUSKKAT). 

My lecture reflected on the meanings and efficacies of face masks, arguing that they are actually a familiar response to crises, and that they have come to signify conformity and 'good citizenship' even as also reflects people's individuality and personal preferences as part of an emergent bodily culture.

Some of the themes I presented are summarized in my Inquirer column the previous day.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

[Webinar] ISSDP-UNODC - A scientific look at the 2020 World Drug Report



As a drug policy scholar and member of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), I participated in a webinar jointly organized by the ISSDP and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the occasion of the release of the 2020 World Drug Report, on July 2, 2020.

The webinar featured an overview of the World Drug Report by by Angela Me (Chief Research and Trend Analysis Branch, UNODC), followed by reactions from Suzanne Nielsen of Monash University, Alexander Soderholm of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and myself, with Alex Stevens (University of Kent) and Kaitlin Hughes (Flinders University) serving as moderators. 

In the webinar, I welcomed the attention to the socio-economic linkages of drug use, but argued that beyond looking at the impacts of drug use disorders on people's socio-economic lives, we should also look at how people's socio-economic contexts shape their use of drugs - both problematic and non-problematic.

Monday, April 20, 2020

[Webinar] Mahirap Maging Mahirap (UGAT and IPC Webinar on COVID 19)

On April 21, 2020, I presented a talk on health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic in a webinar entitled "Mahirap Maging Mahirap: How are the poor coping with COVID-19?"

In the webinar moderated by the urban anthroplogist Mary Racelis, Maria Carinnes Alejandria of University of Santo Tomas and Joshua San Pedro of the  Coalition for People's Right to Health presented the struggles faced by urban communities, while I offered some framework about looking at health disparities, which I also discussed in an Inquirer column entitled "COVID-19: Protecting the most vulnerable"

 The webinar was co-sponsored by Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao (UGAT), Ateneo de Manila University's Institute of Philippine Culture, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Philippine Center for Health and Research Development.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

[Webinar] American Anthropological Association - COVID-19: Responses from Around the Globe


On April 2, I joined an "online conversation" on the COVID-19 pandemic to share the experiences in the Philippines up to that point - identifying an initial period of panic, followed by complacency and finally a dramatic lockdown that the sociologist Randy David called "optics of power". In that same webinar that was moderated by Kristin Hedges, medical anthropologists Davide Barbieri (University of Ferrara, Italy) and Saša Missoni (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia) likewise shared experiences from their countries. 

The webinar was hosted by the American Anthropological Association and presented by the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies interest group (ARHE), in cooperation with the IUAES Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology, and the EASA Medical Anthropology Network.

You can watch the webinar below or through this link