Lectures

The Social Potential of Continuing to Wear Masks

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We are often told that anti-epidemic masks should not be politicised. Though often well intentioned, this admonition falls short of taking masks seriously as social and historical objects. For, in assuming these to be inherently neutral prophylactic devices whose politicisation is simply an epiphenomenon, this narrative fails to understand and acknowledge that the historical institution of anti-epidemic masks has been …

Features

Long Covid, chronic fatigue syndrome and women: the shadow of hysteria

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Is long Covid disseminated by newspapers?

On April 14th, 2021, the British journalist and writer George Monbiot published an article entitled “Apparently just by talking about it, I’m super-spreading long Covid.” (Monbiot, 2021). Monbiot had learned that during a recent public presentation Michael Sharpe, professor of psychology at Oxford University and founder of a clinic specialized in the …

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Caring for home: The failures of vaccine nationalism, or, Why the pandemic will not be over soon

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It was one of those early spring evenings where the sun was warm and the air fresh. My friends and I were at the park, in what has become a pandemic ritual. Seeing people of all ages running, reading, talking, walking their pets, and enjoying themselves while we also traded the confines of our small apartments for …

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Tackling the pandemic: examining the role of social movements and organizations in Argentina

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Introduction

Mónica, a 44-year-old woman, wakes up every morning thinking about the challenges ahead. Today, like every other day, she will prepare soup with noodles and rice for more than140 neighbors who attend her soup kitchen in an economically marginalized neighborhood in the outskirts of the city of Resistencia in Argentina. Three years ago, when this neighborhood flooded and many

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Visions of Black Futurity Amidst the Double Pandemic of COVID-19 and Police Brutality

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When I ask Willow, an Afro-Puerto Rican young woman in her 20s, if quarantine has helped reduce the stigma of mental illness, she responds:

I think it will because now we have something to compare it to. When we’re talking about having a hard time or feelings of not being able to escape ourselves, we can say, “Well, how was

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Thinking through the ‘Biosocial’: Rhythmic Reflections in Pandemic Times

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Much has been written of late on the ‘biosocial’ in the social sciences and humanities — see for example Ingold (2013), Meloni et al (2016), Lloyd and Muller (2018) — including postings in Somatosphere (Béhague 2020Meloni 2014). In part this stems from the limits of ‘representational’ approaches and a need to marry the biological and social …