Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production.
MIT Press, 2018. 412 pages.
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s latest book, The Mobile Workshop,is a historical examination of attempts to control the mobilities of the
tsetse fly in Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia, then Rhodesia). It is also an
experiment in writing – hence, a ‘workshop’ – …
Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909. (Open Access).
Rohan Deb Roy
Cambridge University Press, 2017. 332 pages.
long garnered no shortage of interest among global health experts and the
medical anthropologists periodically at their sides. The sustained concern owes
in one part to the fact that malaria remains a major threat, and in …
Figuring a Grotesque
Penfield Archives, Osler Library of the History of Medicine This hand drawn illustration rendered in black ink shows two mirror image outlines of cross sections of the cerebral cortex comprised of segmented lines each of which is labeled with the part of the body to which that part of the brain corresponds. Curving around
The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War
Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers
University of Chicago Press, 2018. 416 pages.
What is the 21st century body if not endlessly open, changeable, and porous? Genes interact with each other and with the environment from the prenatal period through life. The mother´s diet …
History and dementia are both concerned with time. Writing history is all about folding time, making sense of things that have become confused and confusing with the passage of time by bringing different points into contact. And dementia, as the reflections in this series show, suggest different ways of experiencing and enacting time. These variations in dealing with time …
The natural body meets the body politic in the act of vaccination, where a single needle penetrates both. – Eula Biss, On Immunity
In recent years, outbreaks of highly contagious diseases like measles and whooping cough have reached epidemic proportions in the US. Such a resurgence in supposedly eradicated diseases has been attributed to rising rates of vaccine refusal in …