What Emily Lim Rogers is Thinking About Now

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA)

A core component of CSREA is supporting faculty and advanced students in the development of cutting-edge, collaborative intellectual work. “What I Am Thinking About Now” is an informal workshop/seminar series where faculty and graduate students present recently published works and works in progress for early-stage feedback and development.

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Whose Fatigue Matters? Long COVID and Longer Histories of Racialized Illness

Emily Lim Rogers, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability Studies in the Department of American Studies, the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Sudden interest in post-viral illness during the COVID-19 pandemic has obscured longer histories of chronic illness, including decades of disinterest in chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS. This exploratory talk presents a longer history of the racialization of fatigue to discuss the ambivalences that have emerged in this new “wave of disability.”


Emily Lim Rogers teaches and conducts research at the intersection of disability studies; science, technology, and society; the medical humanities; gender/sexuality studies; and the history of capitalism. Her current research project centers on myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, probing what scientific uncertainty about the illness reveals about the fraught gendered and racialized dynamics that determine who is considered ill and examining the uneven uptake of debility in the sociocultural context of the United States.