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Life in the Time of Coronavirus #14 Arts and 'Familiar Alien Threats'

by Ama de-Graft Aikins (UCL)

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10 August 2020

Welcome to the fourteenth podcast in our series ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’. Here Ama de-Graft Aikins, British Academy Global Professor in the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL, and a social psychologist researching chronic illness and experiences of care in African contexts, considers how artists are shaping current understandings of Covid-19 in Ghana. She situates contemporary responses to Coronavirus in relation to previous pandemics, specifically the Global Flu Pandemic of 1918 as well as the ongoing HIV crisis. Art, she argues provides a space of knowledge production, critical engagement and potential healing in the face of the threat to life and livelihood posed by the virus.

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  • Music: by Smallhaus. Sound effects by the BBC Sound Archive. ​​​
  • Speaker: Ama de-Graft Aikins (UCL)
  • Producer and Editor: Albert Brenchat-Aguilar
  • Communications: Patricia Mascarell Llombart
  • Executive Producer: Tamar Garb