Debora Diniz, Dr.
Professor of Law, Anthropologist
Born in 1970 in Maceió-Alagoas, Brazil
Studied Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University of Brasília
After the End: Lived Experiences of Women in the Aftermath of the Zika and Covid Emergencies in BrazilBrazil was the epicenter of two global health emergencies in the past decade, Zika and Covid. During both emergencies, women were the most-impacted people. For global and local health policies, an emergency has an ending, a moment when the state of alert is lifted. My project is to understand how the declaration of “the ending” of an emergency is understood and experienced by the affected population, particularly women and their families in Brazil. I will review my ethnographic data collected in the past decade to explore how “the ending” is shaped by different understandings of time, space, biographies, relations, and (inter)dependencies among affected women. During my stay at the Wissenschaftskolleg, I want to dedicate time to reviewing the literature about how time is a lived and contextualized experience and to work on my empirical data with the aim of writing on the significance of time and the politics of survival in the aftermath of health emergencies.
Recommended Works and Reading
Diniz, Debora, dir. Zika. 29:33 min. São Paulo: Itinerante Filmes, 2016. Vimeo video, posted by Itinerante Filmes, April 4, 2016. https://vimeo.com/161463392.
—. Zika: From the Brazilian Backlands to a Global Threat. London: Zed Books, 2016.
Diniz, Debora, Luciana Brito, and Gabriela Rondon. “Maternal Mortality and the Lack of Women-Centered Care in Brazil during COVID-19: Preliminary Findings of a Qualitative Study.” The Lancet Regional Health – Americas 10 (2022): 100239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lana.2022.100239.