MA (Hons) University of St Andrews; PhD (Social Anthropology) University of St Andrews
Christos Lynteris is a medical anthropologist. His research focuses on the anthropological and historical examination of infectious disease epidemics, animal to human infection (zoonosis), medical visual culture, epidemiological epistemology, colonial medicine, global health, and epidemics as events posing an existential risk to humanity.
His recently completed 5-year research project, Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic (2013-2018) (@visualplague) funded by the European Research Council with a Starting Grant (under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme/ERC grant agreement no 336564) collected and analysed 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. On a global scale, his research engages in comparative analysis, focusing on regimes and practices of epidemic visibility and invisibility.
Previously, Dr Lynteris’ research examined: epidemic crises in modern China and their impact on society and governance; SARS and the “floating population” in the PRC; the formation of socialist medicine in China and its synergy and antagonism with Confucian ethics; the social ecology of plague on the Chinese-Russian frontier; marmot-hunting practices amongst Mongols and Buryats and their impact on the zoonotic transmission of plague; the role of ethnography in the formation of scientific knowledge about plague.
Dr Lynteris has convened numerous international workshops and conferences including: Ethnographic Data to Epidemiological Evidence (Brocher Foundation, 2018), Visual Plague: Image, Imagination and Imaginary (St Andrews 2018), Comic Epidemic: Assembling Epidemics: Disease, Ecology and the (Un)natural (Cambridge, 2017); Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription? (Cambridge, 2016); Techniques, Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control (Cambridge, 2016); Fear of the Foreign: Pandemics and Xenophobia (Bellagio Rockefeller Centre, 2015); Anthropology and Zoonoses (College de France, 2015); Plague and the City (Cambridge, 2014); Ethics and Aesthetics of Epidemiological Photography (Cambridge, 2013); Epidemic Crisis: The Dialectics of Event and Process (Cambridge, 2013).
Before joining St Andrews, Dr Lynteris was Andrew Mellon and Isaac Newton Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013) and Senior Research Associate/ERC PI (2013-2107) at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College (Cambridge, 2011-2013), affiliated academic member of staff at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Cambridge (2011-2017), and Resident Fellow at the Centro Incontri Umani (Ascona, 2011) and the Fondation Brocher (Geneva, 2017).
[under contract] Sulphuric Utopias: A History of Maritime Fumigation, co-authored with Lukas Engelmann, Cambridge MA: MIT Press
[under contract] ed. Histories of Non-Human Disease Hosts and Vectors: Animals and Insects as Epidemic Villains. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
2019 The Anthropology of Epidemics. London & New York: Routledge; co-edited with Frédéric Keck & Ann Kelly.
2018 Plague and the City. London & New York: Routledge; co-edited with Lukas Engelmann and John Henderson.
2018. Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; co-edited with Nicholas H. Evans.
2016 Ethnographic Plague: Configuring Disease on the Chinese-Russian Frontier. London: Palgrave Macmillan
2012. The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China: Socialist Medicine and the New Man. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
2018. Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic Photographic Database, The University of Cambridge Repository – Apollo https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/275905
Edited Journal Issues
2018. Technologies and Materialities of Epidemic Control, Medical Anthropology 37: 6 (November 2018); co-edited with Branwyn Poleykett [Read]
2018. The Anthropology of Zoonosis, Medicine Anthropology Theory 5: 3 (June 2018); co-edited with Frédéric Keck [Read]
2016. Medicine, Photography and Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, 29: 2 (March 2016); co-edited with Ruth J. Prince.
2014. Epidemic Events and Processes, The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 32: 1 (May 2014).
2013. Across the Fields, Anthropology & Materialism, 1:1 (Autumn 2013) co-edited with Marc Berdet.
[accepted] Photography and the Unseen. Visual Anthropology Review; co-authored with Rupert Stasch.
[accepted] Pestis Minor: The History of a Contested Plague Pathology. Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
2018 Plague Masks: The Visual Emergence of Anti-Epidemic Equipment. Medical Anthropology 37: 6 (November 2018): 442-457.
2018 The Anthropology of Epidemic Control: Technologies and Materialities. Medical Anthropology 37: 6 (November 2018): 433-441; co-authored with Branwyn Poleykett.
2018. Zoonosis: Prospects and Challenges for Medical Anthropology. Medicine, Anthropology, Theory 5: 3 (June 2018); co-authored with Frédéric Keck
2017. Zoonotic Diagrams: Mastering and Unsettling Human-Animal Relations. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23: 3 (September 2017): 463–485.
2017. A Suitable Soil: Plague’s Breeding Grounds at the Dawn of the Third Pandemic. Medical History 61: 3 (June 2017): 343-357.
2016. The Prophetic Faculty of Epidemic Photography: Chinese Wet Markets and the Imagination of the Next Pandemic. Visual Anthropology 29: 2 (February 2016): 118-132.
2016. Anthropology and Medical Photography: Ethnographic, Critical and Comparative Perspectives. Visual Anthropology 29: 2 (February 2016): 101-117; co-authored with Ruth J. Prince.
2016. The Epidemiologist as Culture Hero: Visualizing Humanity in the Age of “the Next Pandemic”. Visual Anthropology 29: 1 (January 2016): 36-53.
2014. Jean-Jacques Matignon’s Legacy on Russian Plague Research in North-East China and Inner Asia(1898-1910). Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident 37 (September 2014): 61-89.
2014. The Time of Epidemics. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 32: 1 (Spring 2014): 24-31.
2014. Epidemics as Events and as Crises: Comparing Two Plague Outbreaks in Manchuria (1910–11 and 1920–21) The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 32: 1 (Spring 2014): 62-76.
2013. The State as a Social Relation: An Anthropological Critique. Anthopology & Materialism 1:1 (Autumn 2014) https://am.revues.org/291
2013. Skilled Natives, Inept Coolies; Marmot Hunting and the Great Manchurian Pneumonic Plague (1910-1911). History and Anthropology 24: 3 (August 2013): 303-321.
2011. ‘In Memory of Norman Bethune’; Two Exegetic Resurrections of the 'Spirit of Selflessness' in Maoist China. Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies 1: 1 (December 2011): 21-49.
2011. From Prussia to China: Japanese Colonial Medicine and Goto Shinpei's Contribution to the Combination of Medical Police and Local Self-Administration. Medical History 55: 3 (July 2011): 343-347.
2019. Photography and Epistemic Suspension After the End of Epidemics. In Frédéric Keck, Ann Kelly and Christos Lynteris (eds). Anthropology and Epidemics. London and New York: Routledge
2019. Introduction: The Anthropology of Epidemics. In Frédéric Keck, Ann Kelly and Christos Lynteris (eds). Anthropology and Epidemics. London and New York: Routledge; co-authored with Frédéric Keck and Ann Kelly
2018. The Plague and the City in History. In Lukas Engelmann, John Henderson and Christos Lynteris (eds). Plague and the City. London and New York: Routledge; co-authored with Lukas Engelmann and John Henderson.
2018. Yellow Peril Epidemics: The Political Ontology of Degeneration and Emergence. In Frank Billé & Soren Urbansky (eds) Yellow Perils: China Narratives in the Contemporary World. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press.
2018. The Frankfurt School, Critical Theory and Anthropology. In Matei Candea (ed.) Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. London and New York: Routledge.
2018. Introduction: The Challenge of the Epidemic Corpse. In Christos Lynteris & Nicholas Evans (eds.) Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Nicholas Evans.
2018. Suspicious Corpses: Body Dumping and Plague in Colonial Hong Kong. In Christos Lynteris & Nicholas Evans (eds.) Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials. London: Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Nicholas Evans.
2015. Ignoring Native Ignorance: Epidemiological Enclosures of Not-Knowing Plague in Inner Asia. In Roy Dilley & Thomas G. Kirsch(eds) Regimes of Ignorance: Anthropological Perspectives on the Production and Reproduction of Non-Knowledge. Oxford: Berghahn.
2014. Speaking Marmots, Deaf Hunters: Animal-human semiotic breakdown as the cause of the Manchurian pneumonic plague of 1910-11. In Morten Tønnessen & Kadri Tüür (eds) The Semiotics of Animal Representations. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
2013. State of Exception, Culture of Medical Police: SARS and the Law of No Rights in the People's Republic of China. In Alex Mold and David Reubi (eds.), Health Rights in Global Context: Genealogies and Anthropologies. London: Routledge.
2006. Ernest Gellner. Muslim Society. Alexandria Publications: Athens.
2017. Infectious Change. Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic. Katherine A. Mason. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2016. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 31: 1 (September 2017) DOI: 10.1111/maq.12356
2016. Agitating Images: Photography against History in Indigenous Siberia. Craig Campbell. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Anthropologica, 58: 1 (2016): 124-125
2015. Communities of Complicity: Everyday Ethics in Rural China. Hans Steinmüller. Oxford: Berghahn, 2013. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21: 3 (September 2015): 693-694.
2013. Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Soviet Cuba. P. Sean Brotherton, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. Cambridge Anthropology, 31: 1 (March 2013): 163-164.
2013. Living with Koryak Traditions: Playing with Culture in Siberia. Alexander D. King. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011. American Anthropologist, 115: 4 (December 2013): 698–699.
2011. Biopolitics, Militarism and Development; Eritrea in the 21st Century. David O’Kane & Tricia Redenek Hepner (eds). Oxford: Berghahn, 2009. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 17: 4 (December 2011): 891-892.
2011. Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China. Marta E. Hanson. London: Routledge, 2011. Social History of Medicine, 25: 4 (October 2012): 900-901.
2018. Plague & the City: Q&A with Lukas Engelmann, John Henderson and Christos Lynteris, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge (28 November 2018) [Read]
2018. Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion: 5 Questions to Christos Lynteris and Nicholas Evans, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge (April 18, 2018) [Read]
2018 Christos Lynteris in Conversation – CSHM NYU Shanghai, March Podcast (March 2018) [Listen]
2018 Ethnographic Plague: Q&A with Christos Lynteris, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge (January 8, 2018) [Read]
2016. Untimely Ends and the Pandemic Imaginary. Somatosphere (July 8 2016) http://somatosphere.net/2016/07/untimely-ends-and-the-pandemic-imaginary.html
2016. Pandemic Heroes: Saving Humankind on the Big Screen. Humanitarian Health Ethics (5 February 2016) https://humanitarianhealthethics.net/2016/02/05/pandemic-heroes-saving-humankind-on-the-big-screen/
2015. Photographic Plagues. Royal Historical Society: History in the News (March 31 2015) http://royalhistsoc.org/christos-lynteris-photographic-plagues/
2012. Obituary to David Riches (1947-2011). Anthropology Today, 28: 2 (April 2012) 26-27.
Press Coverage of Christos Lynteris’ Research
2018 Aisling Irwin, ‘Skeleton teeth and his torical photography are retelling the story of the plague’, Horizon: the EU Research & Innovation Magazine (16 January 2018) [Read]
2017 Cambridge & the ERC: 10 years of research excellence
2015 F. Thadeus, ‘Angriff der Eichho ernchen’, Der Spiegel no.47 (30 November 2015): 132-133 [Read]
2015 Charlotte Hodgman, ‘Portraits of the Plague’, BBC History Magazine (01 July 2015): 33-36. Also reprinted in “The Story of Medicine” special issue of the BBC History Magazine (December 2017).
2014 ‘Visions of Plague’, Research Horizons, Issue 25 (October 2014), pp. 10-11