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Fact, Fiction, or Both? A Discourse Approach to Historical Disease with Chris de Wet

Episode 12 - May 30, 2020

Chris de Wet (University of South Africa) discusses his work on discourse analysis, and how we can use it today to better our understanding of the social, cultural and psychological effects of past infectious diseases. The discussion focuses on the sixth century historian John of Ephesus, as well as on the third century bishop Cyprian. Chris, Merle and Lee reflect on the importance of discourse and how it shifts over time – whether in late antiquity or in the present with regard to COVID-19.

Our Guest

Chris de Wet,

Associate professor in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa

Chris De Wet