Anthropology in Action Event on November 13

Posted on 10/31/2017 10:22:34 AM

Anthropology in Action, a monthly series highlighting the work of today’s anthropologists, is pleased to host “The Alternative Archive: Using Ethnography to Challenge the Official Tally of Heat Fatalities among California’s Farmworkers.” Sarah Horton, University of Colorado–Denver, will present this lecture on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, room B-10.

Dr. Sarah Horton According to the State of California, there were just six heat fatalities among state workers between 2008 and 2014; however, farmworkers in Mendota, a community of 11,000 people in California’s Central Valley, count more coworkers, neighbors, family, or friends they say die of heat each year.

This talk draws on ethnographic research on heat deaths to challenge the official tally of heat deaths in California, and to illuminate the logic underlying state accounting practices. By placing farmworkers’ accounts of heat fatalities in dialogue with the state’s official records, Horton will illustrate the bureaucratic and biomedical processes of routinization that makes such deaths disappear.

Horton, an associate professor at UC Denver, is also the author of They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and Illegality among U.S. Farmworkers.

The event is sponsored by the IUP Department of Anthropology, the Latin American Studies Program, MARTI, and the Public Health Program. Extra credit vouchers will be provided. For further information, please contact Abigail Adams at

Other lectures in the Anthropology in Action series this semester will highlight topics that include the drug policy in Southeast Asia, confederate monuments, and indigenous rights.

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