Medicine Anthropology Theory is an open-access journal in the anthropology of health, illness, and medicine. In January 2020, MAT moved to its new institutional home in Edinburgh, where the Edinburgh MAT collective has taken on the editorialship for the next five years. The MAT collective is based in the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA), at the School of Social and Political Science, at the University of Edinburgh.
The MAT collective is delighted to announce the publication of MAT’s virtual issue “Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Infectious Diseases”. This issue is a retrospective collection of pieces published in MAT in the past and has been curated by the MAT collective and editorial staff in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Over the past six years, MAT has published a large variety of readable, accessible and original research engaging ethnographically and critically with infectious diseases and epidemics. In the context of a global pandemic like the one we are witnessing, it is crucial to have cross-cultural perspectives, and a global scope to our understanding of epidemics and our responses to them.
We hope that this Virtual Issue, as well as the extended collection curated by our Assistant Editor (available in the opening blog) will enrich critical thinking, foster interdisciplinary exchange, and support the ongoing work of scholars in our community and beyond.
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