THIS TIME NOTHING: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC VISUAL ILLNESS NARRATIVE | Laurel Friedman Aytes
Laurel Friedman Aytes received her PhD from the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego in 2016. Her scholarly research interrogates concepts of disease, illness and disability as social formations as much as biological fact. Her dissertation analyzes the ways global tuberculosis control frameworks support rigid interpretations of health and illness that enshrine individual, curative treatment as the singular weapon in confronting the pandemic. She brings together ethnographic observation of local public health practices in Southern California with research on global tuberculosis control efforts to provide a multidimensional analysis of tuberculosis as a global pandemic with diverse regional effects.