Ethnographies of (Dis)Engagement: Emplacing Vaccine ‘Hesitancy’ in Chronically Neglected Communities across the G7
10 January 2022
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This workshop explores research findings from the Ethnographies of Disengagement project. Featuring presentations based on research with Roma Communities, Undocumented Migrants and African Diaspora in Italy and Canada, this workshop explores vaccine disengagement among social groups who have reported some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 vaccine uptake across the G7, and the world. Moving beyond simplistic understandings of vaccine ‘hesitancy’, we ask of the dynamics and structures which produce reluctance to engage with state-led COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.
Theorising ‘Trust’: Ethnographic Interventions into COVID-19 Vaccine Policies
10 February 2022
3:00pm to 5:00pm
This workshop employs anthropological perspectives to excavate the multiple meanings and mechanics of ‘trust’. Here we cast the net wide, bringing together a diverse group of anthropologists who have theorised trust in relation to rumour and doubt, witchcraft, public authority, faith and NGOs, public institutions and healing. We ask anthropologists to draw from their distinct empirical contexts in order to question, what is trust? The aim of the workshop is to come to come to a more nuanced theorisation of trust that might be deployed beyond the anthropological context, to better understand the issue of vaccine hesitancy as it unfolds unevenly across nations and communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. It also aims to question and complicate the place of trust in the models of policy makers, economists, and epidemiologists, as they assess the impact of the pandemic and prepare for future crises.
Multi-disciplinary contributions to understanding COVID-19 vaccine mistrust: A conversation between ethnographers, epidemiologists and behavioural economists
15 February 2022
:3:00pm to 5:00pm
The proposed workshop response to an acknowledgement for the need for multi-disciplinary conversations of COVID-19 relations. We recognise that the engagement between disciplines founded on often contrasting epistemological assumptions and methodological approaches is not simple. In this workshop we encourage reflective assessments of what is revealed and concealed through different types of method.