Histories of Immunity

Last week we spent some time talking about the future in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine and speculative medicine.  In this rather lengthy (apologies!) blog, I will be exploring some of the pre-history of medical immunity to which early eighteenth-century debates on inoculation give us access. Obviously, early physicians theorized about defences in the body…

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Health Humanities and the Immune System as Public Text

The Health Humanities is a field of study that invites us to question everything, from the way our bodies are read by medical authorities, to how disease is itself constructed in the popular imagination. As an area, Health Humanities opens up perspectives on health and medicine that too often remain uninterrogated,  and are too often…

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Mask Refusal and Western Culture

Image: A 15 second CNN ad accompanied by upbeat music and a shifting montage of individualized masks—bearing among other images those of flags, camo markings, Pride rainbows, I heart Fauci declarations, and the superman insignia–states simply that “a mask can say a lot about a person who wears it and even more about a person…

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