Lukas Engelmann

lukasLukas Engelmann is a historian of medicine. He received his PhD on the visual medical history of AIDS in History at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2013. For his doctoral research he spent a term as a PhD-visiting student at the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University and became a research fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, before he took up a position as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine at the University of Zurich.

In May 2014, Lukas Engelmann was appointed post-doctoral research associate at CRASSH, working on the visual representations of plague in North and South America. He has published various articles in the history of science and medicine, gender and visual studies and organized a series of workshops on knowledge-politics and AIDS/HIV.

From archival findings emerged an ongoing collaborative project with Christos Lynteris on Sulphuric Utopias. Their forthcoming book concerns the technological history of fumigation and the political history of maritime sanitation at the turn of the twentieth century.

In 2017 Lukas left Cambridge to take up the position of Chancellor’s Fellow – History and Sociology of Biomedicine at the University of Edinburgh. This project will seek to illuminate historical developments in biomedicine and epidemiology that led to the emergence of an epidemiology based on data and models, rather than doctors’ diagnoses and the mere counting of cases. Over the next three years, Lukas’ research will show that the practices of abstraction and formalization in the history of epidemiology have had decisive influence on today’s digital health landscape.


If you have a query about Lukas’ work, you can email him here. Questions about the Visual Plague project can be addressed to the administrator. You can find more information on the contact page

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