School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies


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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 live-streamed on Zoom every Tuesday at 4:00 PM EDT/EST.



JAN 12 -
Strengthening Canada's Fiscal Resilience: The Challenge of Provincial Debt - Kyle Hanniman, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies 
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JAN 19 - 
Responses to COVID-19: Perspectives from a Sino-US Joint Venture University - James Miller, Department of Interdisciplinary Strategy at Duke Kunshan University 

  • Speaking from Kunshan, China.  Please note that this lecture will take place at 8:00 AM ET

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JAN 26 - 
Public Water and Covid-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings - David McDonald, Global Development Studies at Queen’s University
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FEB 2 -
The Diseased Horde: Anti-Asian Racism from the 19th Century to COVID-19 - Ali Na, Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media 
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FEB 9 -
Images of Fear: The Use of Photographs by the 19th Century Anti-Vaccine MovementChristiane Arndt, Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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FEB 23 -
Contagious HumourScott MacKenzie, Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media 
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MAR 2 - 
Wastewater-based epidemiology with a specific spotlight on COVID-19 - Stephen Brown, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies
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MAR 9 - 
Anti-colonial readings of pandemics in South Asia: A historical perspective - Kasim Tirmizey, Post-Doctural Fellow, Department of Global Development Studies

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MAR 16 -
The science, policy and technology of the vaccine roll-out
Speaker: Kumanan Wilson, Physician/scientist, The Ottawa Hospital, Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Research Associate IIGR, Queen's University, CEO CANImmunize Inc. 
Co-Host and Moderator: Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Director, School of Medicine, Queen’s University 
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