Early viewing now available for Christos Lynteris’ article ‘Zoonotic diagrams: mastering and unsettling human-animal relations.’

A new open access article from Visual Plague Principle Investigator Dr. Christos Lynteris has been made available for early viewing online by the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

The Visual Plague project can share news that Christos’ newest article, ‘Zoonotic diagrams: mastering and unsettling human-animal relations‘ has been made available on an open-access basis on the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s website. This exciting new publication comes only days after the close of the Visual Plague’s exhibition ‘Photography, Alterity, Epidemics‘ which was hosted by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

This article approaches interspecies relations through an examination of the prevalent visual device employed in the representation of animal-human infection in the life sciences: the zoonotic cycles diagram. After charting its emergence and development in the context of bubonic plague, Christos explores how this diagrammatic regime has been applied in two distinct practical contexts: a plague warning sign on the Grand Canyon National Park hiking trail; and the on-line public information campaign launched by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the wake of the Ebola outbreak of 2014-16.

Christos demonstrates the principal ontological and biopolitical operations of these diagrams, arguing that, far from simply summarizing epidemiological narratives of animal-human infection, they function both as pilots of human mastery over human-animal relations and as crucial sites of unsettlement for the latter.


If you found this interesting, you can read about another of Christos Lynteris’ recent publications, ‘A ‘Suitable Soil’: Plague’s Urban Breeding Grounds at the Dawn of the Third Pandemic,’ on this blog.

A full list of Christos’ publications is available on the CRASSH website. Further information about the project team and their recent work can be found on this blog.

This article has been made available on an open access basis,distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

The project is funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme/ERC grant agreement no 336564) and will run from October 2013 to September 2018.



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