New Beginnings at The Polyphony

This month, The Polyphony gives thanks to Fred Spence, who has overseen The Polyphony as Editor in Chief since January 2021. In this role, Fred has supported the team as it’s gone through big changes, with several of our long-term editors moving on and seven new editors joining the team. Fred will be stepping down and resume the role of associate editor. The editorial team wishes to thank Fred for their excellent work as Editor in Chief.

Stepping up in the role of Editor in Chief is associate editor Chase Ledin, who joined The Polyphony in January 2021. Chase holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Theory from the University of Edinburgh, with expertise in the sociology and history of public health, the politics of health promotion, and queer health media. As an associate editor, Chase has commissioned articles about the contemporary politics of HIV/AIDS and performance studies, the emergence of plaque in the Anthropocene, and the histories of patient organisations. In the Editor-in-Chief role, Chase hopes to build upon Fred’s vision for The Polyphony, particularly by bringing further attention to the role of critical and intersectional theories within the medical and health humanities.

The Polyphony also welcomes Evelyn Tehrani, who has taken over administrative duties for The Polyphony from Sarah McLusky.

Big thanks to Fred for your leadership, and best of luck to Chase in the new role!

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