Mediatizing Biosecurity: Journalists, Public Health Officials and the Co-Production of Pandemics

Health, Media & Society welcomes Charles Briggs and Dan Hallin in Ghent on 17 November 2017 to talk about their recent book "Making Health Public". The lecture will start at 14:30 in Aud. NBII (Universiteitsstraat 8) and will be followed by a roundtable and discussion starting at 16:00

Lecture: "Mediatizing Biosecurity: Journalists, Public Health Officials and the Co-Production of Pandemics"

The 2009 pandemic of H1N1 (or "swine flu") is widely seen as a model for risk and emergency communication in public health. At the same time, it violates many common assumptions about health communication, including the assumption that health knowledge is first produced by science and later transmitted to publics, and the assumption that science and journalism represent two separate and essentially antagonistic cultures. Using both critical discourse analysis and ethnography, we explore here the mediatization of pandemics--their co-production as public objects by journalists, public health officials and others, including the debate about "media hype" in public health crises, the role of biosecurity exercises, and the boundary work that contains the virus discursively.

Charles L. Briggs, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Daniel C. Hallin, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

See you there!