Jieun Kim

Jieun Kim is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds and the lead academic of the White Rose Collaboration project, ‘Vital Circulations: A Framework for Understanding Social Dynamics in and beyond a Pandemic’ (2021-2023). As a sociocultural and medical anthropologist, she is interested in scrutinizing the ways in which social inequalities are naturalised and contested based on perceptions of social and bodily differences. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project exploring the politics of blood donation in Japan and Korea.

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Vital Circulations and Circuits: Reflections around vitality and the biopolitical regulation of its flows

Vital Circulations and Circuits: Reflections around vitality and the biopolitical regulation of its flows


Most of us probably feel well-schooled in the nature of respiratory viruses after a blistering global pandemic and frequent news items of the latest outbreak of another strain of COVID-19 or influenza. For many, a headache, a sneeze, or a new and persistent cough directs our attention within and across the circulations that simultaneously sustain […]