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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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Response for Somatosphere Book Forum on The Economization of Life

The field of feminist Science & Technology Studies (STS) is a generous community and I am grateful for it every day. These bundled reflections on The Economization of Life are an example of this generosity. The book was written in deep relation and debt to feminist STS and transnational feminist studies as it took shape in Toronto where I live, …

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COVID-19 and the extraordinary normality of the War on Drugs

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As if it were not challenging enough during the “normal emergencies” [1] of the United States-led War on Drugs, research and advocacy for sane drug policies becomes even more complicated during a global pandemic.

COVID-19 has exposed the deep and enduring health and social inequities that mark our biopolitical moment, and the punitive ways that we govern people who use …

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COVID-19, the Freedom to Die, and the Necropolitics of the Market

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Field hospital constructed in Gothenburg, Sweden in March 2020. Photo: Helén Sjöland.

While reading Giorgio Agamben’s (2020) anthropological note on the “danger” of habituation of Italians to bare life under a state of exception invoked in the name of an allegedly “manufactured” crisis, what comes to our minds – also within the broader context of the pandemic and its …

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Life/NonLife: a forum

This Somatosphere forum features essays written in the wake of a debate held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The debate was organized around the following motion: “Lacking empirical traction and heuristic power, the distinction between life and nonlife is one that anthropology needs to discard.” We hope …

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Life/Nonlife: A response

In the introduction to this short collection, Kelly and Nading consider the broad implications for the integrity of the discipline when we ask, “Should Anthropology abandon the distinction between Life and Nonlife?” How far are we willing to go to destabilize a set of categories? Are we willing to risk the integrity of the discipline itself, founded as it was …

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