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The epidemiologist as culture hero: visualising humanity in the age of 'the next pandemic'

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As a projected human extinction event, the ‘next pandemic’ has come to generate a new cinematic figure: the epidemiologist as culture hero. This seminar examines motion pictures having as their central theme the ‘coming plague’ so as to show how the epidemiologist is cinematically constituted as responsible for the repastoralisation and repasteurisation of humanity – a goal achieved by setting self-limitation of individual freedoms as the condition for the biological and ontological perseverance of humankind.

This talk is part of the Twentieth Century Think Tank series.

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