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Cryopolitics of Covid-19

The debate on the origin of the virus causing Covid-19 has so far been framed in terms of a failure of biosecurity: it balances the risk of buying live animals in a wet market against the risk of studying zoonotic viruses in a laboratory. As such, it may at first appear to replicate debates that occurred around artificial mutation (or …

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Of dogs and their humans: Late life in a more-than-human world of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Sometimes when we go to the park, Bruce – my canine research assistant – and I meet with another more-than-human pair, who join us for a game of fetch. The other pair, both human and dog, are quite old and slow, and pace to each other’s rhythm in a way that only partners who have lived together for a long …

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What Animates? Imaginations of the Lifelike

I would like to set the tone by drawing on a phenomenon that exemplifies the difficulties of conceptualizing life as a reality or entity or concept that may be usefully distinguished from nonlife. Let me begin by invoking a ghost story set on Dartmoor, known as the mystery of the Hairy Hands.[1] This mystery involved a series of incidents …

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Life/NonLife Revived

Earthquakes. Taxidermy. Ghosts. Climate Change. These phenomena, some exceptional and some quotidian, all challenge the stability and salience of ‘life’ as an ethnographic category.  Lacking empirical traction and heuristic power, the distinction between life and nonlife is one that anthropology needs to discard.

This was the motion for a debate that closed the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of …

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Dreaming Borders: On Cats and Trauma

I dream of a black cat. She jumps over a barbed wire fence, and across it. She leaps from one side of the fence to the other. Her coat glistens in the moonlight. Except for the gentle sound of her purring, the village where I stand is silent.

The silence was unnerving. Even remote villages were rarely silent along the …

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George, the dog

Babe, my grandpa, was born on the kitchen tiles of a small Seattle home. His dad, whose own grandpa had run a seedy downtown brothel, would disappear and reappear throughout his life. But Babe was not like the men who came before him. He spent his youth delivering newspapers and parking cars to support his mother, went to war when …

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