Visiting Research Associate
Bats, Rabies, Reporters, and the Wrath of the State: On the Limits of Anthropological Knowledge
An outbreak of bat-borne rabies is examined in this book about a recent epidemic that occurred in a Venezuelan rainforest. The author and anthropologist Charles L. Briggs stumbled upon the fatal disease in summer 2008. When they presented their findings to the state, the researchers and their indigenous collaborators were attacked. This study examines the resulting media frenzy and explores the limits of scholarship and activism.
Affiliation at time of award:
Visiting Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, and Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley