Lukas Engelmann


Lukas Engelmann is a historian of medicine. He received his PhD on the visual medical history of AIDS in History at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2013. For his doctoral research he spent a term as a PhD-visiting student at the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University and became a research fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, before he took up a position as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine at the University of Zurich.

In May 2014, Lukas Engelmann was appointed post-doctoral research associate at CRASSH, working on the visual representations of plague in North and South America. He has published various articles in the history of science and medicine, gender and visual studies and organized a series of workshops on knowledge-politics and AIDS/HIV.

His current research focuses on plague mapping, the history of medical geography and the historical comparison of the plague-driven enforcement of bacteriology in public health reasoning in North and South America. 


Recent publications

Bateriology as Conspiracy in: [Read online]

Double Trouble? Towards an epistemology of co-infection. in: Medicine Anthropology Theory 2, 1-3 (with Janina Kehr) [PDF]

Forthcoming publications

Photographing AIDS. On capturing AIDS in Pictures of People with AIDS., in: Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 2016 (accepted) 

Recent talks

2016 Diagrams in Epidemic Modeling, Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription? Cambridge, UK

2016 Diagrams of Spatial Politics: Maps as Techniques of Epidemiological Formalization in the History of Bubonic Plague, Techniques, Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control,CRASSH, Cambridge, UK

2016 The spatial Politics of Bubonic Plague, Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts, SSHM, Canterbury, UK

2016 Unseeing AIDS, After the End of Disease Conference, Birkbeck, University of London

2016  AIDS Unseen, Lecture at ZIFG, Technical University Berlin, Germany

2015 The Burial Pit as Bio-historical Archive, Corpses, Burials and Infection Conference, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK

2015 Bacteriology as Conspiracy: Dr. Kinyoun and the 1900 Plague in San Francisco, Suspect Science Conference, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK

2015 Digital Epidemiology and the reinvention of abstract disease tableaus, DELSI Workshop, Robert-Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany

2015 Photographic Mapping of Plague in the USA, AAHM 2015, New Haven, USA

2015 Mapping plagues, containing epidemic threats, ASA 2015, Exeter, UK

2015 Picturing the Unusual. Medical Photography between plague and AIDS, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar Series, Oxford, UK

2015 AIDS Perspectives Tour, The Institute of Sexology Exhibition, Wellcome Collection, London, UK 


Visual Plague, Researcher


May 2014 - September 2017


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