16 February 2021

The Languages of Disease in the Contemporary Francophone World project is led by Dr Hannah Grayson (Stirling) and Dr Steven Wilson (Queen’s University Belfast) and funded by the Institute for Modern Languages Research.

The social, cultural and intensely personal consequences of Covid-19 have reminded us that the humanities have an important role to play in making sense of disease. Building on recent studies into the language used to represent disease in modern metropolitan France, this project extends the scope of enquiry into the geographical zones, cultural and political contexts of the broader francosphère, where many of the world’s recent pandemics, including Ebola, HIV/AIDS and cholera, have had devastating effects.

As part of the project, Hannah Grayson and Steven Wilson interviewed Charlotte Baker about her research on disability and inclusion in African contexts. She will also contribute as an invited respondent to the forthcoming Languages of Disease workshop on Friday 19th February.

To follow the Languages of Disease project, please see: Languages of Disease in the Contemporary Francophone World | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)