Franziska Zirker

Franziska Zirker is a Research Associate in the subproject “The Pandemic Situation. Health Security and the Politics of Epidemiological Data” of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre “Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitization from a Historical Perspective” at the University of Marburg. Her PhD research investigates technoscientific efforts to make health emergencies governable through the “real time” capture of the given epidemic situation as a snapshot of quantitative data streams. Trained in sociology and political science at the Universities of Marburg and Frankfurt/Main, she is passionate about feminist theory, science and technology studies, and social research methods.

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Book Review: In Mediation with Difficult Kin: Bishnupriya Ghosh’s The Virus Touch

Book Review: In Mediation with Difficult Kin: Bishnupriya Ghosh’s The Virus Touch


The Virus Touch: Theorizing Epidemic Media, by Bishnupriya Ghosh (Duke University Press, 2023) In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and with various forecasts predicting likelihoods of a similar event in the near future, one cannot help but ask: in the Anthropocene, are we doomed to relentlessly prepare for and react to emerging viral threats? […]