Rachel Bjørkli Berg
Scholarship from NorLARNet
Working title: “Tracing unbounded mosquitoes – An Ethnographic study of mosquito control and mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in the complex landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói”
The intention for my master’s thesis is to focus on interventions related to mosquito control and reactions to mosquito-borne viral disease outbreaks in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I am interested in the interplay between health, science and the city. Through endemic disease control agents, I trace the cities structures and their experience with mosquito control and I examine the reasons for struggles and success in the disease prevention. Locals’ intimate stories about how they cope with the situation of being affected by the zika virus or yellow fever will also be a part of the thesis, in addition to scientists’ experiences and experiments with mosquitoes. Through a relatively new virus control strategy: the releasing of and cohabitation with “benevolent mosquitoes”, I will examine a new way of approaching the mosquito, and how it involves a cooperation between citizens, endemic disease control agents and scientists.
The issues mentioned here bring together themes as interspecies relationships, knowledge production, cities geography, civil service and civic consciousness, and will contribute to discuss health related interventions and disease outbreaks in “cities of extremes”.
Paul Wenzel Geissler, Department of Social Anthropology, UiO