Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier is a postdoc in American cultural history at the University of Kassel, Germany and author of A Cultural History of Disneyland Theme Parks (Intellect 2021), as well as the (co-)editor of Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery (Liverpool UP 2020), the forthcoming Fan Phenomena: Disney (Intellect 2022) and The Routledge Handbook to Star Trek (2022) Her second book project deals with “unmade” queer television in the US and Germany. She can be found as @S_Mittermeier on Twitter.

“The Only Way Forward Is Back” – Nostalgia, Grief and Television in WandaVision

WandaVision, one of the newest installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), abandoned the cinema altogether to bring two of the Avengers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) to the small screen in a 7-episode miniseries airing weekly between January and March 2021 on streaming platform Disney+. The… Continue reading

Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic by Richard A. McKay

Richard A. McKay’s Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic is a social history of the early days of the AIDS crisis in North America built around the harmful myth of the “patient zero”. The book contextualizes the story of Gaétan Dugas, the French-Canadian flight attendant who was vilified as the origin of the disease. In a larger history of scapegoating in times of epidemic, McKay’s book delves into Dugas’s personal life as well as the role played by Randy Shilts’ And The Band Played On (1987), the first popular account of the crisis. Continue reading

Queer Clout – Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics by Timothy Stewart-Winter

Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics traces the history of the gay rights movement in the ‘Windy City’. Beginning in the post-war years, it provides a chronological account of decades of gays and lesbians fighting against police brutality, workplace discrimination, or AIDS, and for political representation up until the 1990s – all along following a red thread of the titular ‘clout’ and how it was gained. Continue reading