Past Event

Book Panel: Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817

April 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online Event

Book Panel: Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020
April 20, 2021 6 PM EST

Author: Anjuli Raza Kolb (English, University of Toronto)

Respondent: Elizabeth Povinelli (Anthropology, Columbia University)

Moderator: Stathis Gourgouris (Classics, English and ICLS, Columbia University).

About the Series:

To mark the launch of the Medical Humanities major at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, we are proposing an inaugural virtual series, “Medical Humanities and Pandemic Urbanisms,” which will serve as an essential rallying point for Columbia faculty, current students, and alumni of the Medicine, Literature and Society track. While urban life has been overturned by the pandemic, this crisis invites us to think more broadly how the urban is an emergent form that can be redesigned to promote life and human flourishing. Featuring scholars, activists and artists from a range of fields—from epidemiology to science fiction to urban planning—the series will both illustrate the imaginative possibilities of the Medical Humanities, while also grounding its activities in the community-building work of students at Columbia University in the City of New York.

This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Society, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics.

Find all events in this series here.


Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Contact Information

Pamela Rodman