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queer qandī fest: Infectious Diseases and Marginalised People

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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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Diseases are often posed as the fault of the individuals and communities they affect: they’re a result of laziness, poor eating, or irresponsibility. These judgements ignore how exploitative labour practices, poor housing conditions, and social marginalisation can all increase susceptibility to disease. In this workshop, we will discuss how tuberculosis, a curable and preventable disease, transitioned from being a ‘disease of civilization’ to one that disproportionately affects marginalised communities across the world, and the role that structural racism and socioeconomic inequality play in maintaining this imbalance. Participants will be encouraged to think about how diseases that we commonly perceived to as a result of individual lifestyle choices can be aggravated, and in some cases caused, by external factor.

Dr. Morwan Osman is a Queer™ Sudanese-American, who moonlights as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Medicine. His research is on understanding how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB, survives our immune defences and drug treatment.

This talk is a part of the queer qandī fest (20-23 June) organised by QTI Coalition of Colour and Encompass Network. For more information about the festival visit: http://qti.home. blog or http://encompassnetwork.org.uk/queer-qandi-fest/

The venue is accessible for wheelchair users.

queer qandī fest is funded by National Lottery's Community Fund and LGBT Consortium.

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