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Julia Hauser

Julia Hauser is assistant professor of global history and the history of globalization processes at the University of Kassel, Germany. She is the author of “German Religious Women in Late Ottoman Beirut. Competing Missions”, 2015, and the co-editor of “Insatiable Appetite. Food as a Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond”, 2019.

Unmasked: Covid-19 and the Cultural Dimen­sions of the Debate on Mandatory Face Masks

In the context of the covid-19 pandemic, Germany witnesses debates on whether masks could help contain the spread of the virus. This article argues the controversy may be rooted in the deep-seated suspicion of facial covering in Europe since the nineteenth century.