Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Book Launch of Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic

On the 6th December 2018, the Centre will host a book launch for Chancellor Fellow Dr Lukas Engelmann to celebrate the publication of Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic. 

This new and unique visual history of AIDS focuses on the AIDS atlas, published by dedicated clinicians between 1986 and 2008. The epidemic's history is retold through clinical photographs, epidemiological maps and icons of HIV asking how this devastating epidemic has come to be seen as a controllable chronic condition. 

Mapping AIDS cover image

Praise for the book:

'A persuasive rethinking of nearly four decades of medical and social upheaval, Mapping AIDS cleverly juxtaposes three visual genres - photographs, maps, and viral models - to explain how people, places, and pathogens take on medical and moral meanings.' Steven Epstein, Northwestern University, Illinois

'From the photographic archives of the early North American epidemic, to the emerging cartography of a global pandemic, to the rendering of the HIV virus itself, Mapping AIDS demonstrates the central role of visual media in crafting scientific knowledge, social meanings, and biomedical responses to disease, with powerful consequences for good and for ill.' Jeremy A. Greene, The Johns Hopkins University

'This thoughtful and ingeniously argued study tracks AIDS from its beginnings as a nameless condition in a few individuals as it evolved into a recognized social thing, an entity with a legitimating mechanism, and therapeutic and bureaucratic responses.' Charles Rosenberg, Harvard University, Massachusetts


Looking at AIDS History by Lukas Engelmann