Lukas Engelmann is a historian of medicine. He left CRASSH to become the Chancellor's Fellow in History and Sociology of Biomedicine in the Department of Science Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. This profile is now archived. 

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. 

Lukas left the Visual Plague project in 2017 to become the Chancellor's Fellow in the History and Sociology of Biomedicine in the Department of Science Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. 


Selected Publications

Engelmann, Lukas; and Lynteris, Christos. Sulphuric Utopias: The History of Maritime Sanitation. [forthcoming]
Engelmann, Lukas. 'Configurations of Plague: Spatial Diagrams in Early Epidemiology.' Social Analysis [under review]
Engelmann, Lukas; Humphrey, Caroline; and Lynteris, Christos.'Working with Diagrams.' Social Analysis [under review]
Engelmann, Lukas. ‘The Burial Pit as Bio-historical Archive.’ In Christos Lynteris & Nicholas Evans (eds.) Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Engelmann, Lukas. ‘Fumigating the hygienic model city: Bubonic plague and the Sulfurozador in early- Twentieth-Century Buenos Aires.’ Medical History 62 (3) (July 2018): 360-382.
Engelmann, Lukas. ‘A Source of Sickness.” Photographic Mapping of the Plague in Honolulu in 1900.’ In Lukas Engelmann, John Henderson and Christos Lynteris (eds). Plague and the City. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
Engelmann, Lukas. John Henderson and Christos Lynteris. ‘The Plague and the City in History.’ In Lukas Engelmann, John Henderson and Christos Lynteris (eds). Plague and the City. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
Engelmann, Lukas; Henderson, John; and Lynteris, Christos (eds). Plague and the City. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
Engelmann, Lukas. 'A Plague of Kinyounism: The Caricatures of Bacteriology in 1900 San Francisco.' Social History of Medicine Published online June 3, 2018.
Engelmann, Lukas. 'In and out of Death’s Shadow; the History and Future of AIDS.The Times Literary Supplement,  Published online August 1,  2017.
Engelmann, Lukas. 'The Past and Present of Contested Medical Authority.Science as Culture 26, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 424–29. (review)
Engelmann, Lukas. 'Guenter B. Risse, Driven by Fear: Epidemics and Isolation in San Francisco’s House of Pestilence.Social History of Medicine 30, no. 3 (August 1, 2017): 697–98. (review)
Engelmann, Lukas. 'What Are Medical Photographs of Plague?REMEDIA, January 31, 2017.
Engelmann, Lukas. 'The Devastation of Normalcy.'  Somatosphere, December 2, 2016. (review)
Poleykett, Branwyn; Evans, Nicholas H. A.; and Engelmann, Lukas. “Fragments of Plague.Limn, March 4, 2016.
Engelmann, Lukas. 'Photographing AIDS. On capturing AIDS in Pictures of People with AIDS.' Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90, no. 2 (2016).
Engelmann, Lukas. 'Bacteriology as Conspiracy' opendemocracy.net [Read online]
Engelmann, Lukas. 'Double Trouble? Towards an epistemology of co-infection.' In Medicine Anthropology Theory 2, 1-3 (with Janina Kehr) [PDF]

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