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First Name
Last Name
Max Planck Institute for History of Science
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history of science, epidemics, surveillance, environment, feminism, speculation
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About Me

Edna Bonhomme is an art worker, historian, lecturer, and writer whose work interrogates the archaeologies of (post)colonial science, embodiment, and surveillance. A central question of her work asks: what makes people sick? As a researcher, she answers this question by exploring the spaces and modalities of care and toxicity that shape the possibility for repair. Using testimony and materiality, she creates sonic and counter-archives for the African diaspora in hopes that it can be used to construct diasporic futures. Her practices troubles how people perceive modern plagues and how they try to escape from them. She co-created “Decolonization in Action,” a podcast series that explores the ways that decoloniality is understood and put into practice by artists, researchers, and activists. She has written for Africa is a Country, Mada Masr, The Baffler, The Nation, and other publications. She earned her PhD at Princeton University and she has previously taught at Drexel University, Humboldt University in Berlin, and Bard College Berlin.

Recent Publications

Academic Writing

  • Review of Joel Cabrita, The People’s Zion: Southern Africa, the United States, and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement. H-Socialisms, H-Net Reviews. October, 2019. URL:

  • “Epidemics and Global History,” in Independent Social Research Foundation, Issue XVII Bulletin, The Past in the Present, September 2018.

  • “The Bubonic Plague In Search of Burial Sites and Memorial Sites in Eighteenth-Century Cairo,” in Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean. Kalamazoo, MI: Arc Humanities Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781942401155

Nonfiction Writing

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Caribbean, Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Libraries & Archives, Medicine, Race, Science