Books, chapters, articles and blog posts published by members of the Visual Plague team.

 Dr. Christos Lynteris


  • 2016 Ethnographic Plague: Configuring Disease on the Chinese-Russian Frontier. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2012. The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China: Socialist Medicine and the New Man. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Books

  • 2018. Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; co-edited with Nicholas Evans.
  • Plague and the City. London and New York: Routledge, [under contract]; co-edited with Lukas Engelmann and John Henderson.
  • The Anthropology of Epidemics. London & New York: Routledge, [under contract]; co-edited with Frédéric Keck & Ann Kelly.

Edited Journal Issues

  • [to appear in 2018] (co-edited with Branwyn Poleykett) ‘Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control.’ Special Issue in Medical Anthropology
  • 2016. (co-edited with Ruth J. Prince). Visual Anthropology Special Issue: Medicine, Photography and Anthropology, Volume 29, Issue 2.
  • 2014. Epidemic Events and Processes. Cambridge Anthropology Volume 32, Number 1, Spring 2014.
  • 2013. (Co-edited with Marc Berdet) Across the Fields. Anthropology & Materialism, Number 1, Autumn 2013. [Read]

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • [accepted] (co-authored with Branwyn Poleykett) ‘The Anthropology of Epidemic Control: Technologies and Materialities.’ Medical Anthropology
  • [accepted] ‘Pestis minor: the history of a contested plague pathology.’ Bulletin of the History of Medicine
  • [accepted] ‘Plague Masks: The Visual Emergence of Anti-Epidemic Equipment.’ Medical Anthropology
  • 2017. ‘Zoonotic Diagrams: Mastering and Unsettling Human-Animal Relations.’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (July 2017). [Read]
  • 2017. ‘A Suitable Soil: Plague’s Breeding Grounds at the Dawn of the Third Pandemic.’ Medical History, Volume 61, Issue 3 (June 2017): 343-357. [Read]
  • 2016. The Prophetic Faculty of Epidemic Photography: Chinese Wet Markets and the Imagination of the Next Pandemic. Visual Anthropology, Special Issue: Medicine, Photography and Anthropology, Volume 29, Issue 2 (February 2016): 118-132. [Read]
  • 2016. (co-authored with Ruth J. Prince) Anthropology and Medical Photography: Ethnographic, Critical and Comparative Perspectives. Visual Anthropology, Special Issue: Medicine, Photography and Anthropology, Volume 29, Issue 2 (February 2016): 101-117. [Read]
  • 2016. The Epidemiologist as Culture Hero: Visualizing Humanity in the Age of “the Next Pandemic,” Visual Anthropology 29: 1 (January 2016): 36-53. [Read]
  • 2014. Jean-Jacques Matignon’s Legacy on Russian Plague Research in North-East China and Inner Asia(1898-1910). Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident No. 37 (September 2014): 61-89. [Read]
  • 2014. Introduction: The Time of Epidemics. Cambridge Anthropology 32: 1 (Spring 2014) 24-31. [Read]
  • 2014. Epidemics as Events and as Crises: Comparing Two Plague Outbreaks in Manchuria (1910–11 and 1920–21) Cambridge Anthropology 32: 1 (Spring 2014) 62-76. [Read]
  • 2013. The State as a Social Relation: An Anthropological Critique. Anthopology & Materialism, 1 (Autumn 2014). [Read]
  • 2013. Skilled Natives, Inept Coolies; Marmot Hunting and the Great Manchurian Pneumonic Plague (1910-1911). History and Anthropology 24: 3 (August 2013) 303-321. [Read]
  • 2011. ‘In Memory of Norman Bethune’; Two Exegetic Resurrections of the ‘Spirit of Selflessness’ in Maoist China. Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies 1: 1 (December 2011) 21-49.
  • 2011. From Prussia to China: Japanese Colonial Medicine and Goto Shinpei’s Contribution to the Combination of Medical Police and Local Self-Administration. Medical History 55: 3 (July 2011) 343-347. [Read]

Book Chapters

  • [2018 in print] Yellow Peril Epidemics: The Political Ontology of Degeneration and Emergence. In Frank Billé & Soren Urbansky (eds) Yellow Perils: China Narratives in the Contemporary World. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press.
  • 2018. The Frankfurt School, Critical Theory and Anthropology. In Matei Candea (ed.) Schools an Styles of Anthropological Theory.  London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2018. Introduction: The Challenge of the Epidemic Corpse. In Christos Lynteris & Nicholas Evans (eds.) Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Nicholas Evans.
  • 2018. Suspicious Corpses: Body Dumping and Plague in Colonial Hong Kong. In Christos Lynteris & Nicholas Evans (eds.) Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Nicholas Evans.
  • 2015. Ignoring Native Ignorance: Epidemiological Enclosures of Not-Knowing Plague in Inner Asia. In Roy Dilley & Thomas G. Kirsch(eds) Anthropological Perspectives on the Production and Reproduction of Non-Knowledge (Oxford: Berghahn).
  • 2014. Speaking Marmots, Deaf Hunters: Animal-human semiotic breakdown as the cause of the Manchurian pneumonic plague of 1910-11. In Morten Tønnessen & Kadri Tüür (eds) The Semiotics of Animal Representations. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • 2013. State of Exception, Culture of Medical Police: SARS and the Law of No Rights in the People’s Republic of China. In Alex Mold and David Reubi (eds.), Health Rights in Global Context: Genealogies and Anthropologies. London. Routledge.


  • 2006. Ernest Gellner. Muslim Society. Alexandria Publications: Athens.

Book Reviews

  • 2018. Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency. Andrew Lakoff. (University of California Press, 2017), In Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology [Read]
  • 2017. Infectious Change. Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic. Katherine A. Mason. (Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2016). In Medical Anthropology Quarterly: International Journal for the Analysis of Health.
  • 20116. Agitating Images: Photography against History in Indigenous Siberia. Craig Campbell. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014). In Anthropologica 58: 1, 124-125
  • 2015. Communities of Complicity: Everyday Ethics in Rural China. Hans Steinmüller. (Oxford: Berghahn, 2013). In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21: 3 (September 2015): 693-694.
  • 2013. Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Soviet Cuba. P. Sean Brotherton. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012). In Cambridge Anthropology 31: 1 (March 2013): 163-164.
  • 2013. Living with Koryak Traditions: Playing with Culture in Siberia. Alexander D. King. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011). In American Anthropologist 115: 4 (December 2013): 698–699.
  • 2011. Biopolitics, Militarism and Development; Eritrea in the 21st Century. David O’Kane & Tricia Redenek Hepner (eds). (Oxford: Berghahn, 2009). In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17 (December 2011): 891-892.
  • 2011. Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China. Marta E. Hanson. (London: Routledge, 2011). In Social History of Medicine 25: 4 (October 2012): 900-901.


  • 2016. Untimely Ends and the Pandemic Imaginary. Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology (July 8 2016) [Read]
  • 2016. Pandemic Heroes: Saving Humankind on the Big Screen. Humanitarian Health Ethics (5 February 2016) [Read]
  • 2015. Photographic Plagues. Royal Historical Society: History in the News (March 31 2015) [Read]
  • 2012. Obituary to David Riches (1947-2011). Anthropology Today, 28: 2 (April 2012) 26-27.

Dr des. Lukas Engelmann

Recent publications

Dr. Branwyn Poleykett

Journal Articles

  • [to appear in 2018] (co-edited with Christos Lynteris) ‘Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control.’ Special Issue in Medical Anthropology
  • [accepted] (co-authored with Christos Lynteris) ‘The Anthropology of Epidemic Control: Technologies and Materialities.’ Medical Anthropology
  • Poleykett (2018) “Ethnohistory and the Dead: Cultures of Colonial Epidemiology.” Medical Anthropology [Read]
  • Poleykett (2018) ‘Made in Denmark: scientific mobilities and the place of pedagogy in Global Health,’Global Public Health 13, no. 3 (2018): 276–87. [Read]
  • Poleykett (2017) Pasteurian tropical medicine and colonial scientific vision, Subjectivity [Read]
  • Poleykett (2016) Data, desire and recognition: Learning to identify a ‘prostitute’ in Dakar, Ethnography, published online first [Read]
  • (with Peter Mangesho) (2016) Labour politics and Africanisation at a Tanzanian scientific research institute, 1949-1966, Africa, 86, 01: 142-161.

Book chapters

  • (Forthcoming, 2017) ‘Une expérience ambigüe : catégorisations de la sexualité marchande et lutte contre le VIH/sida au Sénégal’ in Christoque Broqua (Ed.) Lutter Contre le Sida en Afrique: Mobilisations locales et internationales au temps des antirétroviraux. Paris, Karthala
  • Poleykett (2015) ‘Molecular and Municipal Politics: Research and Regulation in Dakar’ in Geissler, Paul Wenzel (Ed.) Para-States and Medical Science: Making African Global Health. Duke University Press, 2015.

Open access and online publishing 

  • Review of Terence E. McDonnell’s ‘Best Laid Plans: Cultural Entropy and the Unravelling of AIDS media in Ghana’, Medicine Anthropology Theory [Read]
  • Building Out the Rat: Animal Intimacies and Prophylactic Settlement in 1920s South Africa, Anthropology and Environment Blog [Read]
  • (with Lukas Engelmann and Nicholas H.A. Evans) (2015) Fragments of Plague, Limn  Volume 6 [Read]
  • Review of Yasmin Gunaratnam’s “Death and the Migrant: Bodies, Borders and Care”, [Read]

Book reviews

  • Review of Hansjorg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane and Stacey A. Langwick (Eds.) “Medicine, Mobility and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89, 3
  • Review of Peter Redfield “Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders” Social Anthropology 22, 2: 259-260.
  • Review of Lynn M. Thomas and Jennifer Cole (Eds.) “Love in Africa” Gender, Place and Culture 17, 5: 673-4.

Dr. Nicholas Evans


  • Evans, N. (forthcoming) Beyond cultural intimacy: the tensions that make truth for India’s Ahmadi Muslims. American Ethnologist. 
  • Evans, N. (forthcoming) Blaming the rat? Accounting for plague in colonial Indian medicine. Medicine, Anthropology, Theory (MAT).
  • Evans, N. (2016) Witnessing a potent truth: rethinking responsibility in the anthropology of theisms. JRAI.
  • Engelmann, L.; Evans, N.; Poleykett, B. (2016) Fragments of plague. Limn 6.
  • Evans, N. & Mair, J. (2015) Ethics Across Borders: Difference, Affinity and Incommensurability. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.

Edited volumes

  • 2018. Co-edited with Christos Lynteris). Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials (Palgrave Macmillan)

Dr. Maurits Meerwijk

  • “Fever City: Dengue in Colonial Hong Kong” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, 55 (2015), 7 – 31.

You can also find a list of the team’s publications on the CRASSH website, which is updated regularly.