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Pulmonographies Book Discussion


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Janina Kehr & Bharat Jayram Venkat

Janina Kehr & Bharat Jayram Venkat

Can a history of cure be more than a history of how disease comes to an end? Through an anthropological history of tuberculosis treatment in India, Bharat Jayram Venkat examined what it means to be cured, and what it means for a cure to come undone. In his new book, At the Limits of Cure, Venkat provides a foundation for reimagining cure in a world of fading antibiotic efficacy.

For a long time considered a thing of the past, infectious diseases have once again become major public health threats. From the HIV/AIDS crisis to multidrug resistance and the Covid-19 pandemic, plagues continue to haunt the world. In Spectres de la tuberculose, Janina Kehr focuses on the fight against tuberculosis, one of the deadliest infectious diseases of the 21st century.

At this event, the two authors joined members of the Pulmonographies research team for a roundtable discussion.

Sponsored by the Pulmonographies research project at the Neubauer Collegium and presented in partnership with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.



Bharat Jayram Venkat


Bharat Jayram Venkat is an assistant professor at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics, with a joint appointment in the Department of History.

Janina Kehr


Janina Kehr is a Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health in the Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.