Plagues, Epidemics and Culture: Histories of Crisis and Care, with Priscilla Wald

The COVID-19 pandemic has begun to permanently reshape our world; it has thrown into sharp relief the networks of care that support human flourishing and those structures that are inadequate and unjust.

But it is not the first or the only disease outbreak that has threatened human health nor disproportionally affected those already disadvantaged by established institutions and networks of care. In this series, invited humanities scholars discuss their research in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Featuring scholars whose focus is on the histories and representations of epidemics, this series will explore what can be learned from historical changes in the cultures of care that arose from those crises. Speakers will also address how histories of bias, racism and colonialism are intimately bound up in the history of epidemics.

These talks will address how we might draw lessons and envision equitable futures of care for our own local and global communities.

These online events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.


  • 5-minute introduction
  • 20-minute presentation of research by invited guest
  • 25-minute Q&A with ASU faculty host
  • 25-minute Q&A with attendees

Other events in the series

Priscilla Wald: Monday, Aug. 31, 12–1 p.m.

Rebecca Totaro: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Rana Hogarth: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2–3 p.m.

*Register for any of the events in this series at the RSVP link below.

Institute for Humanities Research
Lauren Whitby
Aug 31 2020 - 12:00pm