Contagion Culture Lecture Series

Contagion Culture

The series is a Faculty of Arts and Science collaboration between the School of Policy Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Cultural Studies.

Queen's Contagion Cultures Lectures help make sense of this pandemic through the expertise and insights of Arts and Science faculty members. This public-facing series asks important questions and explores complex responses. It deploys the powerful tools of Arts and Science humanistic analysis to help society grapple with our turbulent times. 

The series will be presented via Zoom. Timings may vary

  • Videos of past lectures can be found on our YouTube channel.


“COVID-19 on the Inside: Degradation, Politics, and Future Action” 

APR 19, 2022
4:00 PM ET

  • Speakers:
    Jessica Evans, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, X University
    Linda Mussell, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Political Studies|Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa
  • Moderated by: Lisa Guenther, Professor, Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University

This talk explains the situation inside and outside prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, we illustrate the degrading conditions experienced by those confined in provincial and federal adult and youth institutions. Second, we discuss the politics and governance of carceral institutions during the pandemic, and the response to efforts by people on the inside and outside to improve conditions including through decarceration. Lastly, we speak about future pathways, how activism and scholarship has changed around congregate settings during the pandemic, and what should be done next.

Free Public Online Lecture  - Registration is required.


Watch past lectures in this series: