Tim Dye to Discuss "Food, Fear and Fortunes"
February 23rd, the South Asia Center will host Tim Dye, Professor at
the University of Rochester, to discuss Food,
Fear and Fortunes: Sociomedical Encounters with Hepatitis B among Tibetan
Refugees in Ladakh. The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30
Despite the reported high prevalence of Hepatitis B in Tibetan
populations, little is known about how Tibetans perceive of Hepatitis B, how
they deal with it, and how stigmatizing it may be. This project represents a
rapid qualitative inquiry to better understand Hepatitis B in the community and
public health context of settlements governed by the Central Tibetan
Administration in Ladakh, India. Qualitative interviews and focused discussions
were conducted with 296 individuals, trying to elicit illness narratives and
conceptual models of Hepatitis B.
Timothy Dye is a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist who
specializes in applied public health, particularly within marginalized,
isolated, and global populations, and with a content focus on social and
cultural determinants of health. Dr. Dye's research program focuses upon
developing and understanding community-driven solutions to public health
problems, and has included funded projects around such topics as micronutrition
among women and children in Tibet (CDC), informatics and public health decision
making in Costa Rica (NIH), and injury and culture in Antarctica (NSF).
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