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Chronic Time, Afflicted Lives

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“Mine is an illness of time.” […] “Time has no cure.”

— Catarina

(Joao Biehl, Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment, 2005: 107)


Chronic is a temporal loop: it recursively, discursively, iteratively reproduces human experience. In the domain of health and illness, this reproduction perpetuates passing time as extending suffering and stalling the very dynamic of living. …

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No Aging in India: Then and Now

Part 1: Then

I’ll start with a memory in the stairwell in the back side of Kroeber Hall on the Berkeley campus, circa 1998. I am walking back to the department from Musical Offerings bookshop, where I had just bought my copy of No Aging in India – I actually have it in my hands; it is the only hardcover …

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Epistemic and Temporal Disjunctions: (Re)Mapping “Suicide Risk” Epigenetics Through Birth Cohorts

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The McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) has garnered significant attention for its epigenetic models of suicide risk. These models suggest that early life adversity may set people on pathways of neurobiological vulnerability and, ultimately, suicide risk, which are correlated with distinctive epigenetic traits. While the core of this epigenetic and neuroscientific research is carried out on the donated brains …

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The Significance of Covid-19 as Crisis

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What is the significance of COVID-19? The honest response is that I don’t know which, however, does not prevent me from thinking that it has something crucial to tell us. COVID-19 is both real and global and yet it manifests itself allegorically and unevenly. Some get sick, others die, and a growing few turn off and deny. COVID-19 is a …

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Before and After (in and from Italy)

Twenty years ago, the then centre-left government of Italy approved a law that modified the Constitution by providing the individual Italian Regions with federalist powers in the management of health care, which was no longer considered a burden for the State alone, but was entrusted to the various regions of the country. It was the notorious law that changed the …

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Epidemic Times

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Epidemics like Covid-19 fundamentally change the order of time. The present moves faster, the past seems further removed, and the future appears completely unpredictable. Everyday homogenous time splits up into different and often contradictory temporal logics. The time of the virus, the time of capitalism, and the time of political decisions compete, challenge, and clash with each other, impacting human …

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