Web Roundups

Web Roundup: How War, Not a Pandemic, Became America’s New Normal

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The US was not prepared for a pandemic, but it was prepared for war. When President Trump declared a national state of emergency on March 13, 2020, he transformed the coronavirus from a “hoax” into an “invisible enemy.” In his daily press conferences, President Trump has repeatedly and explicitly announced the United States’ war against the virus. Similarly, in the …

Lectures

The politics of Amphibiosis: the war against viruses will not take place

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“We are at war.” This was Emmanuel Macron’s chosen refrain when he addressed the French nation about the current COVID-19 pandemic. He is certainly not the first to present human/pathogenic microbe relations in this way. Indeed, the history of immunology and epidemiology is littered with the vocabulary of war. But this presidential rhetoric reveals a certain communication strategy based on …

Books

The Human Body on the Verge of Collapse

The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War

Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers

University of Chicago Press, 2018. 416 pages.

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What is the 21st century body if not endlessly open, changeable, and porous? Genes interact with each other and with the environment from the prenatal period through life. The mother´s diet …

Books

Zoë Wool’s “After War: The Weight of Life At Walter Reed”

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After War: The Weight of Life At Walter Reed

by Zoë Wool

Duke University Press, 2015, 264 pages.

In After War: The Weight of Life At Walter Reed, Zoë Wool shares her experience working with some of the most grievously wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During a year of research from 2007-2008, Wool conducted fieldwork …

Features

Bomb Ecologies? Inhabiting Disability in Postconflict Laos

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I am an anthropologist researching postwar revival and development in Lao PDR (Laos), the most cluster-bombed country in the world (Branfman 2013). Through fieldwork with development organizations and bomb clearance operators, I examine how ongoing violence, due to explosive remnants of war, is incorporated into peacetime development. Inspired by the theme of this series, Inhabitable Worlds, I take this …

Books

Michal Shapira’s The War Inside

Shapira - CoverThe War Inside: Psychoanalysis, Total War, and the Making of the Democratic Self in Postwar Britain

by Michal Shapira

2013, Cambridge University Press, 284 pages

 

Between September 1940 and May 1941, the Luftwaffe dropped nearly 50,000 tons of bombs over Britain. In 1940, at the height of these air raids during World War II, the celebrated British poet Edith …