Talks

Recent talks by the Visual Plague Team.


Christos Lynteris

  • Reservoir Wildlife and Zoonoses Control: Anthropological Perspectives, Disease Across Species: The Science, Ethics, and Anthropology of One Health Conference, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 28 April 2017
  • A Panoply of Reason: Anti-Epidemic Masks as Visual and Material Technologies, Centre for Humanities and Medicine, Hong Kong University, 25 April 2017
  • (with Lukas Engelmann) Fumigation: Global Health, Pandemic Planning and the Question of Vector Eradication, Fondation Brocher, Gevena, 7 March 2017
  • A Plague of Rats: The Material and Visual Emergence of Interspecies Urban Epidemic Control, Urban Life: Programme for the Future of Cities, Future of Cities Seminar, University of Oxford, 8 February 2017
  • Zoonosis as a Diagram: An Anthropological Approach, Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription? Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 3 December 2016
  • Co-convenor Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription? Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2-3 December 2016
  • Contagion: Image, Imagination and the Imaginary, Anthropology of the Imagination Seminar, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, 4 November 2016
  • Masking Contagion: Personal Protection Equipment as Medico-Mythic Apparatuses, Techniques, Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 17 September 2016
  • Plague’s “Character”: Transformations of an Elusive Epistemic Object, Anthropology of Character Conference, University of St Andrews, 2 September 2016
  • (with Michael Y. Kosoy, US CDC) Natural Focality of Disease: Origins, Development and Legacy of a Soviet Disease Ecology Paradigm, Making Microbes Complex: Parasites, Epidemics and the Intellectual Origins of Disease Ecology, Queen Mary University of London, 9 July 2016
  • Between the Invisible and the Unseen: Epidemic Photography (Un)Revealed, Fotogramas del Pensamiento: Pasajes entre Arte, Ciencia e Historia, Instituto de Arte/ Centro de Estudios Periferia Epistemológica, Viña del Mar, Chile, 31 May 2016
  • Untimely End and Epidemic Anxiety, After the End of Disease Conference, Royal College of Medicine/ Birkbeck College, 26 May 2016
  • Hosts Unseen: The Photographic Making and Unmaking of Zoonosis, History of Science, Technology and Medicine Seminar, King’s College London, 16 March 2016
  • Climate Change, Epidemics and the Archival Lens, Climate Histories Seminar, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 9 March 2016
  • “Oriental Plague”: Sinophobias Compared, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 17 February 2016
  • Plague as War: The Photography of Corpses in Manchuria, Corpses, Burials and Infections conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 5 December 2015
  • Medical Lens, Political Aperture: Photographing Plague in Manchuria 1910-11, Chinese History Seminar, SOAS University of London, 19 November 2015
  • The Chinese-Russian Plague Expedition (Summer 1911): A Photographic Approach, Chinese Research Seminar Series, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, 11 November 2015
  • Pandemic Vision: The third plague pandemic and the birth of epidemic photography, Cambridge Infectious Diseases Seminar, 11 November 2015
  • Suspicious Corpses: Body dumping and plague in colonial Hong Kong (1894-1905), Suspect Science: Climate Change, Epidemics and Questions of Conspiracy, at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 19 September 2015
  • Visual Regimes of Zoonotic Disease Emergence, Social Science and Zoonotic Disease: Emergence, Ecologies, Ethnography, at Durham University, 17-18 September 2015
  • Superspreaders: the question of heterogeneous transmissibility, MAGic2015: Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice, European Association of Social Anthropologists & Royal Anthropological Institute, University of Sussex, 10 September 2015
  • Yellow Peril Epidemics: The Political Ontology of Degeneration and Emergence, Fear in History and Anthropology workshop, Graduate School for East and South East European Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 2-3 July 2015
  • (Co-convenor) Fear of the Foreign: Pandemics and Xenophobia conference, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, 1-5 June 2015
  • The Global Vision of Plague, 1894-1924, Disease and Global History conference, Centre for Global History, University of Oxford
  • Visualising the Third Plague Pandemic Global Science Research Group seminar series, CRASSH, 19 May 2015
  • Pestis minor: Evidential strategies and the colonial scramble for plague at ASA15: Symbiotic anthropologies conference, 15 April 2015
  • Geographies of Contagion, Logics of Containment, Plenary talk at ASA15: Symbiotic anthropologies conference, 14 April 2015
  • Visualising Zoonosis: An examination of the photographic record of animal plague hosts in China during the Third Pandemic at the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, Hong Kong University, conference Animal Histories in Humn Health: Comparative Perspectives from East Asia, 1850-1950, 26 – 27 March 2015
  • The Visible Invisible: Plague Photography and the Optical Unconscious at UCL Medical Anthropology seminar, 19 March 2015
  • Disease Flows Across the Chinese-Russia Border at MIASU, University of Cambridge, conference Emergent Trends on the China-Russia Border, March 2015
  • The Epidemiologist as Cultural Hero: Visualising Humanity in the Age of ‘the Next Pandemic’ at HPS Department, University of Cambridge, Twentieth Century Think Tank seminar, 19 February 2015
  • Zoonoses, anthropology and the challenge of epistmological entropy at Collège de France conference Anthropology of Zoonoses, 25 February 2015
  • Virulence: Visualising the African body as a vector of epidemics at CRASSH, University of Cambridge colloquium, 29 January 2015
  • A ‘Suitable Soil’: Visualising Plague’s Environment During the Third Pandemic at CRASSH, University of Cambridge conference Plague and the City: Disease, epidemic control and the built environment“, 6 December 2014
  • The perception of the plague epidemic in northern China at The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters conference The Past Plague Pandemics (Justinian, Black Death, Third) in Light of Modern Molecular Life Science Insights’, 20 November 2014
  • Beyond the Microscope Lens: Photographic Configurations of Bubonic Plague at University of St Andrews, Social Anthropology Department, 17 October 2014
  • Beyond the laboratory: Ethnographic epidemiologies of plague on the Russian-Chinese frontier at University of Aberdeen, Social Anthropology Department, 16 October 2014
  • Visualization of the Third Plague Epidemic in China, Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Medicine, 2 October 2014
  • The Archive as an Objectively Offered Object at ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment, University of Edinburgh, 20 June 2014
  • Picturing Chinese Wet-Markets as Pandemic Ground ZeroRoyal Anthropological Institute Photography and Anthropology Conference, The British Museum, 30 May 2014
  • Reconsidering the Social Ecology of Plague on the Russian-Chinese Border at University of Oslo, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, 4 April 2014
  • Epidemio-logical Shortcuts and Short-circuits: Plague According to the North Manchurian Plague Prevention ServiceViral Imaginaries Conference, University of Hong Kong, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, 6 December 2013
  • Manufacturing Native Knowledge: Plague, Myth and Medicine in Inner Asia, Collège de France, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, Paris, 31 October 2013

Lukas Engelmann

  • Diagrams in Epidemic Modelling, Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription? Cambridge, UK, 2016
  • Diagrams of Spatial Politics: Maps as Techniques of Epidemiological Formalization in the History of Bubonic Plague, Techniques, Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK, 2016
  • The spatial Politics of Bubonic Plague, Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts, SSHM, Canterbury, UK, 2016
  • Unseeing AIDS, After the End of Disease Conference, Birkbeck, University of London, 2016
  • AIDS Unseen, Lecture at ZIFG, Technical University Berlin, Germany, 2016
  • The Burial Pit as Bio-historical Archive, Corpses, Burials and Infection Conference, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK, 2015
  • Bacteriology as Conspiracy: Dr. Kinyoun and the 1900 Plague in San Francisco, Suspect Science Conference, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK, 2015
  • Digital Epidemiology and the reinvention of abstract disease tableaus, DELSI Workshop, Robert-Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany, 2015
  • Photographic Mapping of Plague in the USA, AAHM, New Haven, USA, 2015
  • Mapping plagues, containing epidemic threats, ASA, Exeter, UK, 2015
  • Picturing the Unusual. Medical Photography between plague and AIDS, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar Series, Oxford, UK, 2015
  • AIDS Perspectives Tour, The Institute of Sexology Exhibition, Wellcome Collection, London, UK, 2015

Nicholas Evans

  • ‘Heresy and hatred: what a murder in Glasgow might tell us about religious doubt in a Punjabi town’ Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society.
    University of Cambridge, 2017.
  • ‘Far from the Caliph’s gaze: being Ahmadi Muslim in the holy city of Qadian’ Centre For South Asian Studies Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2016.
  • ‘The Caliph who cannot be wrong: How an infallible hierarchy demands loose accountability’ Hierarchy, Egalitarianism & Responsibility Conference, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • ‘The Commission of Inquiry in Colonial India: anxious certainties and the functionalization of doubt’ Infrastructures of Certainty and Doubt Conference, Copenhagen, 2016
  • ‘Indian plague maps and the colonial urban.’ Invited Paper at the Visual Constructions of South Asia Seminar Series, University of Cambridge, 2015
  • ‘The infected human and the infecting rat: understanding the visualisation of bodies across species during plague in colonial India’ Corpses Burials and Infections Conference,  CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2015
  • ‘Relationality and disease transmission’ Medical evidence beyond epistemology panel, at the ASA 2015 Conference, Exeter University, 2015
  • (with L. Engelmann & B. Poleykett) ‘A Digital Bilderatlas of Plague’ The Total Archive: Dreams of Universal Knowledge from the Encyclopaedia to Big Data Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2015
  • ‘Building out the rat: ecology, race and infrastructure’ Anthropology and Zoonoses Conference, Collège de France, 2015
  • ‘Ethics and responsibility for India’s Ahmadi Muslims’ Senior Research Seminar delivered at the Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • ‘Plague unbound in Bombay’ Plague and the City: Disease, Epidemic Control and the Urban Environment Conference, CRASSH, Cambridge, 2014
  • ‘Nizam-e-Nau: a utopian vision of Islam as a system,’ South Asian Anthropologists Group Conference, Brunel University, 2014
  • ‘The Mubahala: Competing for an Ethical Tradition’ Speaking Ethically Across Borders: Interdisciplinary Approaches Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • ‘Striving to be an intermediary: ethical negotiations of agency and responsibility’ American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, 2013
  • ‘Islamic disputation and the creation of a pious sociality’ Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meeting, Pasadena CA, 2013

Branwyn Poleykett

  • “Lines of Sight: Visions of African Public Health” Global Health Histories Seminar, WHO Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York, 2017
  • “Debility, renewal, and the commodification of the lifecourse in Tanzanian scientific lives,” Biocircularities: Lives Times and Technologies Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2017
  • “Colonial rituals of counting and containment”, Techniques, Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • “Race and Revelation: the dreams of Charles Nicolle and the Pasteurian order of things,” Research, Reverie and the Wandering Imagination, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • “Ritual, Hygiene and Ordinary Deaths: Burial in Colonial Madagascar” Corpses, Burials and Infection Conference,  CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2015
  • “Medical evidence in public,” Association of Social Anthropology Conference, Exeter University, 2015
  • “Unbuilding the city: plague in the Moroccan Villes Modernes”, Plague in the City: Disease, Epidemic Control and the Urban Environment, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • “Aesthetics and abjection in colonial orientalist medical photography” Shadowing the Scene: Negativity in Affect, Politics, Aesthetics, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2014