Counting the sick and dead: Surveillance and society in contemporary Europe

From the Center for European Studies:

Modern states use surveillance to watch the bodies of citizens, monitoring them for illness, infection, and threats to public health. Public health surveillance is, however, a poorly understood service and its importance, intrusiveness, and rate of technological change are rarely matched by administrative resources or academic understanding. We know remarkably little about how surveillance works and how it should work.

This event will feature a lecture by Peter Donnelly, professor of public health medicine at St. Andrews University, followed by a round table discussion of the many unknowns in this important area. Who is responsible for public health surveillance in different European countries? What diseases concern them? How do they find and monitor diseases—that is, how deeply into their citizens’ lives can they look, and, above all, why do they do it that way? What configurations of technical expertise, politics, history, and culture shape the different ways European states track their peoples’ health?

Convener: Scott Greer, associate professor of health management and policy, U-M.
Speaker: Peter D. Donnelly, professor of public health medicine, University of St. Andrews.
Discussants: Rachel Kahn Best, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research and assistant professor of sociology, U-M; Daniel M. Fox, president emeritus, Milbank Memorial Fund; Peter Jacobson, professor of health law and policy, U-M.

  • Date:  26 March
  • Time:  4:00pm
  • Location:  1636 International Institute

Co-sponsored by International Institute, School of Public Health, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

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