Frédéric Keck is Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), director of the Laboratory for Social Anthropology in Paris, coeditor of The Anthropology of Epidemics (Routledge 2019), and author of several books in French. His research investigates contemporary relations between human and non-human beings as they are mediated by microbes. After studying zoonotic pathogens in the context of avian influenza in Asia, he now explores relations between the living and the dead through a collaboration with African museums on the microbiome in human remains. He is generally interested to understand how microbes act as signs of environmental changes, and how non-human beings act as sentinels when they carry these microbes.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the whole world to its knees. Yet, this coronavirus is only the latest in a number of zoonosis events originating in different parts of the globe, and especially within Asia, over the last 20 years. For this reason virologists commonly refer to places like China, Hong Kong, or Singapore as […]