Global Health Colloquium featuring Cal Biruk-"COOKING DATA-Culture and Politics in an African Research World"
Department:Center for Health and Wellbeing
Audience:Open to the Public
Organized by the Global Health Program
Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Health & Wellbeing, Gender and Sexuality Studies,
the Program in American Studies, and the Department of Anthropology
Cal Biruk is Professor of Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Their research focuses how data reflect and cohere new social relations, persons, forms of expertise, and exclusions in sub-Saharan Africa. Their forthcoming book (Duke University Press 2018), Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World, draws on ethnographic fieldwork in Malawi with demographic projects in sites ranging from questionnaire design meetings, training for data collectors, fieldworker-led data collection in the field, and policy venues to critically examine the criteria and metrics that give numbers legitimacy in the era of global health.