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How young Wits graduates and staff are changing the world

Thursday 25 November --- 10.30-11.30 Johannesburg time; 7.30-8.30pm Australian eastern time

This is a public webinar, which I will moderate. I will invite five people to speak,  among over 40 Wits graduates and staff (under 35 years) listed in the 2021 Mail & Guardian Top 200 list of trailblazing young South Africans  in June this year. Each will describe some aspect of their work, and then I will ask them a few questions about their time at Wits as a student or current member of faculty. Then we’ll open up to questions. One is an anthropologist - Lucy Khofi (Health category) was 27 at the time of the award, undertaking a master’s degree in anthropology. Lucy was the SRC Gender and Transformation Officer for the term 2019/2020, and founded #RealTalkWithLucyKhofi, a non-profit organisation dedicated to menstrual education and reducing period poverty in disadvantaged schools. In 2020 Khofi founded Adopt a Student During the Pandemic, providing academic and general support to more than 300 university-goers severely impacted by the effects of Covid-19. For this, she was also nominated as a Wits Covid-19 Hero. She is now a PhD candidate in medical anthropology at Wits and a women’s health activist. https://200youngsouthafricans.co.za/lucy-khofi-27-2021/.

To register, go to https://wits-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdOmvrj8jGtUT5Yt4z1bRUOETQ6Wf5gyY

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Vodcasting the webinar

We have 2.5 hours of video recording from the webinar. This will be spiced into half hour (or so) broadcasts, around specific topics, and these will be posted  as teaching resources. And there are a few bits that can be edited out. Is anyone here on SfAA Global willing to work with me to edit the recordings? email me: lenore.manderson@wits.ac.za


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In less than 11 hours, we begin the first of an annual program entitled Interfaces of Global Applied Anthropology. This one is COVID Disparities and Their Discontents. I was privileged to meet some of the brilliant speakers yesterday, all authors in Viral Loads, and I am bursting with excitement. To read some of their work, download Viral Loads for free now at https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/176694.  The webinar starts at 8.30 am New York time so check with your own local time. And if you haven't yet registered, you still can: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ALvSZBvVSmGPCGsHUjvO0g. And see you all soon!


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One to go. My co convenors of SFAA Global - Judith Freidenberg, Robyn Eversole and Carlos Vélez‐Ibáñez will be monitoring the chat box and fielding discussions tomorrow. To summarise the program (times are approximate, and the stated time is USA East Coast)

08.30 State actions - militarisation, blame and community responses - Nancy Burke, Susan Levine, Elzbieta Drazkiewicz and Abril Saldaña-Tejeda 

09:00 Minorities and structural violence - Sahra Gibbon, Aditya Bharawaj, Oguz Alyanak and Cristina Pop

09:30 Social exclusion and the ambilification of inequalities - Linda Bennett, Surekha Garimella, Sabina Faiz Rashid and Tsipy Ivry

10:00 Modes of care - Ellen Block, Ayo Wahlberg, Tanja Ahlin, Haripriya Narasimhan, Gideon Lasco

10:30 Emerging roles of applied anthropology and next steps - Carlos Vélez‐Ibáñez, Robyn Eversole and Judith Freidenberg

and last words just before 11 from Lenore, Ayo and Nancy.

Refer to this:

Time guide 23 September.pdf

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Covid Webinar -- 2 days

Two to go The Covid Webinar!! The start time is US East Coast. Regret that some people in US will have to get up before dawn, and NZ colleagues will have a very late night. But time is excellent for Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, so we hope for a global reach. An SfAA Global - UCL Press co-production with Nancy J Burke, Ayo Wahlberg and me as the editors/anchors. Thank you SfAA including president Michael Paolisso and Melissa Cope in the SfAA office for your help. Register for free now


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Covid Webinar -3 days to go

THREE to go. The format is as follows. Over 2.5 hours, 19 participants will respond to questions from the “zoom-room anchors” – each person has 4 minutes so there's time for you to contribute too.  *Academic speed-dating*. Make su9584214678?profile=RESIZE_710xre you register, and encourage others to do so too.

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Covid Webinar- 4 days to go

Four days to the SfAA Global Webinar on COVID. It runs for 2.5 hrs (8:30-11:00 am US east coast time) and is in five parts. Part I - 8:30 - state actions, militarization and blame. Part II - 9:00 - how Covid magnified inequalities. Part III - 9:30- social exclusion and resilience. Part IV - 10:00 - modes of care, the clinic and the phone. Part V - 10:30 - looking to the future. You can join for some if not all, provided you register, and there is still time: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ALvSZBvVSmGPCGsHUjvO0g

The book on which we will draw can be downloaded in < 24 hours 9581384895?profile=RESIZE_710x


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Covid Webinar - 6 days to go

Countdown. SIX to go. Robyn Eversole in Tasmania, Australia is part of the  SfAA Global team.  Viral Loads illustrates how anthropological engagement and theory offer ways to understand this continuing tragedy. She’ll reflect on how applied anthropologists could be working together, not only in response to this continuing pandemic and its tragic effects on others, but in other ways too ...Dont forget to register

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Covid Webinar: SEVEN DAYS TO GO

CARLOS VÉLEZ-IBÁÑEZ is part of the SfAA Global team behind this webinar. He will join us from Arizona, where over 1 million people – 14.5% of the population -- have been infected.  He’ll be seeking to explain this tragically high rate of infection in a wealthy country, in a state that is not especially densely populated. And he’ll consider how applied anthropologists have been engaged ... and what we might do now

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9 days to go to the  webinar. The Pandemic augurs future health crises, including vector borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance through waterways and soil, and more. Gideon Lasco (U Philippines) has written and will speak from a Philippines standpoint on the entanglements of species and environments, on humans, non-human animals, pathogens. Dont miss this9564488283?profile=RESIZE_400x

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12 days to the SfAA Global webinar drawing on Viral Loads- excitement is mounting. Ayo Wahlberg is at the University of Copenhagen in Denmatk, and coedited Viral Loads with Nancy J Burke and me: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/176694.  He will discuss caring for people with chronic conditions and long term illmess, and the shifts that occurred as a result of Covid 19. Don't forget to register now.

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13 days to go. A very early concern in all countries, entities and multilateral agencies, was the pressure a pandemic would put on health services. Some 20 months on, it is still a challenge to provide care, protect health workers, sustain community care, and manage people’s health in settings where health systems are weak. ELLEN BLOCK @csbsju, working with Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, medical anthropologist working at University College, London, looked at health workers in UK and USA: how they coped, working unbelievably long hours, and made do.

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14 days until the webinar.  TSIPY IVRY from the Department of Anthropology, University of Haifa, Israel discusses the tensions of faith and care that emerged with infection control among orthodox communities in Israel, and what this meant for women subject to strict laws of hygiene. Don't miss this discussion on covid, faith, gender and the politics of purity. 

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Sabina Faiz Rashid is Dean and Professor at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Working with the ARISE project (LSTropM), she and colleagues are exploring the impacy of COVID restrictions on exceptionally poor and marginal populations, especially young unemployed people, often without families. Only 15 days until SfAA Global hosts the Covid webinar. The photo below is from their chapter in Viral Loads (out in 12 days).

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Surekha Garimella will speak of the waste-pickers/collectors of Delhi and how the pandemic measures and constraints heightened their exclusion - she'll be drawing on her work as part of the Arise collaboration with George Institute for Global Health in Dehli and LSTM. Register for the webinar now for free, and encourage your students to attend also

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