Cal Biruk

Cal Biruk is Associate Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University. They identify as a “5.5er ally” (someone whose blood glucose hovers around 5.5mmol/L but loves and lives with a type 1 diabetic). Their interests are at the intersection of medical anthropology, STS, and queer studies. They are the author of Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World (Duke, 2018) and numerous articles in journals including American Ethnologist, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Critical Public Health, and Gay and Lesbian Quarterly. They spend a lot of time birding.

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Toward Sick Futurity: Ill wisdom for liberation

Toward Sick Futurity: Ill wisdom for liberation


In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Americans became familiar with the idea that people with underlying conditions were at increased risk for severe COVID infections. Talk of underlying conditions was a constant refrain across news media, public health missives, and social media posts. “Underlying conditions” became an awareness campaign, it became a […]