Living with Pandemics: Finding New Narratives
28 May 2020 17:00
TORCH: In conversation with Dr Erica Charters and Robin Gorna
How have societies responded to pandemics, throughout the world, and throughout time? As this conversation will remind us, there is no simple answer to the problem of disease – but disease is also far more than a medical or scientific problem. Robin Gorna will draw on her experiences with social movements and cultural responses to AIDS since the 1980s, which brought hope and massive social change in the midst of rage and death. Erica Charters will discuss a just-published special issue of Centaurus on ‘The history of epidemics in the time of COVID-19’, reflecting on how the discipline of the history of science and medicine has responded to the current pandemic.