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Contagion & Viruses

New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen, philosopher John Dupré, historian Mark Honigsbaum, & artist Matt Adams look at contagion and culture with Matthew Sweet.

Matthew Sweet investigates viruses and how they could disrupt our understanding of the nature of organisms, and looks at what history can teach us about the current pandemic. With philosopher John Dupré, historian Mark Honigsbaum, New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen and artist Matt Adams who works with Blast Theory.

Mark Honigsbaum is the author of The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris.
Lisa Mullen has written Mid-Century Gothic: The Uncanny Objects of Modernity in British Literature and Culture after the Second World War.
Professor John Dupré is director of the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, and professor of philosophy at the University of Exeter.
You can find about Matt Adams' work at https://www.blasttheory.co.uk/

Producer: Luke Mulhall

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44 minutes

Last on

Thu 19 Mar 2020 22:00

Music Played

  • Alun Hoddinott

    Love Song (Folk-Song Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
    • Welsh Classical Favourites: Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Penny.
    • Marco Polo.
    • 7.

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  • Thu 19 Mar 2020 22:00

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