CGHH to Welcome New Guest Researcher

Posted on 20 July 2015

Dr Karine Aasgaard Jansen (UmeƄ University) will be joining the Department of History this autumn

CGHH is pleased to announce that Dr Karine Aasgaard Jansen (Umeå University) will be joining the Department of History, within which the Centre is located, this autumn on a Nils-Eric Svensson’s travel grant, provided by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).

The grant’s intention is to promote and support mobility among young researchers by allowing them to spend around three months at a European research facility of their choice. Karine will spend 2 weeks in York in September, and 2,5 months from October onwards. The grant was awarded to a total of five early-career researchers at Swedish universities, and (as a Norwegian) Karine has the distinction of being the first non-Swede ever to have received it.

We, in CGHH and the History Department in York, congratulate Karine for her tremendous achievement and look forward to welcoming her to a vibrant academic setting.

While in York, Karine intends to enhance the advancement of her ongoing postdoctoral research on the swine flu pandemic in Scandinavia. She also hopes to spend time continuing her work on chikungunya, a mosquito borne tropical disease that has been emerging and spreading worldwide, and discussing future research collaborations.

Karine is a medical anthropologist who's done extensive ethnographic fieldwork on the islands of Réunion and Mauritius in the Western Indian Ocean. She is looking forward to learning more at CGHH about conducting archival studies with a particular focus on the WHO- and the Wellcome Trust Archives. Although chikungunya counts among the group of neglected tropical diseases, it often remains undistinguishable from dengue in policy and media circles, and Karine is therefore curious to see how public health campaigns against vector-borne diseases have dealt with chikungunya since its first (biomedical diagnosed) outbreak in Tanzania in 1953.  She will deliver a talk on chikungunya to the WHO Global Health Histories seminar in December 2015.