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Viral Waste, or Covid Down the Toilet: Post-Colonic Pandemic Biopolitics

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Within days of discovering SARS-CoV-2, laboratory scientists and epidemiologists were speculating on whether the virus might take fecal passage, and thereby spread through contamination with bodily waste. But the fecal-oral route of transmission quickly proved a dead end, an etiological cul-de-sac. The pressure to inquire into shit, however, is always difficult to resist. Before long, experts in wastewater …

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Colonial Wound, (Re)Infected: Pandemic in the Andes

Peru’s first case of coronavirus was imported via Spain, where an obliviously infected young man had picked it up on his Euro-travels and smuggled the virus through Lima’s Jorge Chavez International airport, hidden deep within his respiratory system. Yet, this may be a novel virus for the world, but the imposition of epidemic and ruin from a Spanish culprit in …

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Flipping the Script of the Disaster Flick

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For Cameroonians faced with the realities and stereotypes of their country’s armed conflict, watching COVID-19 hit New York City before Yaoundé is cinematic catharsis. 

The WhatsApp messages started to arrive in March: 

            Hey, how are you coping with Covid-19 crisis? 

            How are you there Elizabeth???

            Hallooo Elizabeth, please be careful there, I heard some news about corona virus in

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Review of Crystal (Cal) Biruk’s Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World

Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World

Crystal (Cal) Biruk

Duke University Press, 2018. 296 pages.

 

Biruk’s Cooking Data is a sensitive ethnography of demographic research in Malawi. Based primarily on ethnographic research with projects to collect survey data and HIV tests from rural Malawians, it presents a story about the “cooking” of data, or their …

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Review of Noémi Tousignant’s Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in Postcolonial Senegal

Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in Postcolonial Senegal

Noémi Tousignant

Duke University Press, 2018. 224 pages.

 

In Edges of Exposure, Noémi Tousignant provides a comprehensive and provocative history of the “slow starts” in the attempts to build a robust, public infrastructure for monitoring toxins and their very real human impact in postcolonial Senegal. She …

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Book Forum: Crystal (Cal) Biruk’s Cooking Data, Ramah McKay’s Medicine in the Meantime, and Noémi Tousignant’s Edges of Exposure

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In this book forum, we review three ethnographies of critical global health – Crystal (Cal) Biruk’s Cooking Data, Ramah McKay’s Medicine in the Meantime, and Noémi Tousignant’s Edges of Exposure – and ask the authors to reflect on the nature of labor, the public-private, and race in critical global health, as well as the future of the field. …

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