Spark Talks: The Social Autopsy

Online Event

14/01/2022, 10:30 am - TO 14/01/2022 - 11:30 am

Organizer: Spark: a centre for social research innovation

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The social autopsy takes the death of a set of individuals as its starting point and then critically and systematically examines social and political conditions to explain these deaths and generate awareness and policy change. After discussing the methodology, Dr. Timmermans will provide three contemporary examples of excess deaths calling out for social autopsies: school shootings, Black deaths at the hands of police, and migrant border deaths.

Host: Stefan Timmermans is professor of sociology at UCLA. His research interests include medical sociology and science studies. He is also senior editor medical sociology for the journal Social Science and Medicine, editor-in-chief for Social Science and Medicine: Qualitative Research in Health, and book series editor for the University of Chicago series on Ethnographic Encounters and Discoveries.