Christos Lynteris is a medical anthropologist and works as Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research focuses on the anthropological and historical examination of epidemics, zoonosis, epidemiological epistemology, medical visual culture, colonial medicine, and epidemics as events posing an existential risk to humanity. He recently completed the project ‘Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic,‘ for which he collected and analyzed photographs and other visual documents of the third plague pandemic (1855-1959).
The project showed that the emergence of epidemic photography played a pivotal role in the formation of scientific understandings and public perceptions of infectious disease epidemics in the modern world, and contributed significantly the formation of the concept of the “pandemic”. Dr Lynteris has investigated aspects of “visual plague” in China, with a particular focus on Hong Kong and Manchuria.
The project’s OA digital database is available via https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/275905