Pandemics Reflected

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Pandemics Reflected goes behind-the-scenes with anthropologists, writers,  political scientists, journalists and artists – the people that perhaps wouldn’t come first to mind when thinking about pandemic scholarship – about how their research and lives entangled due to COVID-19. From death threats to burnout and new creative directions, expert voices were challenged and stimulated.

How have pandemics shaped our understanding of the world? Join medical anthropologist Dr Pauline Herbst in a series of conversations with scholars from a range of disciplines, to find out how COVID-19 is changing the culture of knowledge.


Medical anthropologist Dr Pauline Herbst asks pandemic researchers in the arts how their life, research and the culture of knowledge has changed due since COVID-19.
Music:  “What is Truth?” © Tim Page 2002/2022
Production: Pauline Herbst, Tim Page, Luca Muir
Artwork: Seline McNamee & Luca Muir
Webpage: Luca Muir

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Episode 1: Poetic Engagements with a Pandemic
Conversation with Professor Lisa Samuels

In this episode of Pandemics Reflected, Pauline speaks with Lisa Samuels, Professor of English, poet and author. We delve into her new collection of poetry, breach, written as a visionary text over a five-day period in the 2020 New Zealand lockdown. We talk about Lisa’s process and discuss how pandemic thresholds affect multimodal artforms.