Vol 2, No 1 (2011)


In the contemporary world, notions of the viral are infused, as was impossible in a pre-globalised time, with connotations both positive and negative. Even as the AIDS pandemic, caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, continues to rage worldwide, marketeers use the same terminology of infection when they speak of their success; they have “gone viral”. Meanwhile, on the software front, a campaign of “biological/viral warfare” has reached the next stage of its analogy with (allegedly) state-sponsored malware, such as the Stuxnet worm, attacking industrial and nuclear facilities with hitherto unprecedented levels of sophistication. From this slim set of examples, a host of possibilities arise. Where does the virus sit in the realm of aesthetics? What could be the political side of the viral? Is such a terminological analogy ethically appropriate? It was with these in mind that the Excursions board called for papers addressing the topic of the Virus. This issue is the culmination of that call.

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Preface PDF HTML
Martin Paul Eve
Interview with Richard Hawking PDF HTML
Richard Hawking
From Contamination to Community: Octavia Butler's Clay's Ark PDF HTML
Neeraja Sundaram


Clark Lawlor, Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease PDF HTML
Gillian Daw
Luke Jerram’s ‘Glass Microbiology’ PDF HTML
Naomi Daw
Jackie Stacey, The Cinematic Life of the Gene PDF HTML
Marc Özses
Interdisciplinarity in Action: University of London Sciences and The Arts Interdisciplinary Discussion Group PDF HTML
Liz Sage
Picturing Women’s Health (1750-1910) Conference PDF HTML
Fran Scott, Ji Won Chung, Kate Scarth

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