Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Talk Pieces: Life in the Time of Coronavirus. #2 Sexuality and Stigma

by Philippa Hetherington (UCL)

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24 April 2020

Welcome to the Institute of Advanced Studies' podcast series on ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’. In this second episode, we hear from Philippa Hetherington, Lecturer in Modern Eurasian History in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. Philippa is a scholar of international legal history, biopolitics and feminist theory, particularly in the context of empire and under socialism.

Here she reflects on the virus in relation to historical debates on sexuality and the stigmatisation of sex workers. Historians are well placed to think about previous incarnations of disease and spread to work out what is and what isn't unprecedented.

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  • Music: Best of Feelings and the BBC Sound Archive
  • Image: The Silence = Death Project by ACT-UP, The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Colour lithograph, 1987.
  • Producers and Editors: Albert Brenchat-Aguilar and Catherine Stokes
  • Communications: Patricia Mascarell Llombart
  • Executive Producer: Tamar Garb