Jean Segata
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Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil


The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the most important vector of diseases such as Yellow Fever, Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. I have been doing an ethnography of public health policies based in geolocation softwares and DNA technologies for its control and surveillance. From multispecies ethnography and anthropology of cyberculture, my point is to understand the way that human-mosquitos relations and its materialities, discourses and institutions are mobilized to enact risks and convert epidemics into instruments of governmentality. In this paper, I will combine ethnographic situations from my fieldwork in Brazil and Argentina and a historical perspective on the epidemics to discuss how the life of people, mosquitoes and environments have been produced, crossed and governed by technologies, uncertainties and recalcitrances of these tropical diseases in Latin America.

Keywords: mosquito epidemics, multispecies ethnography, cyberculture, Latin American anthropology.