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International Virtual Conference  Contagion Narratives: Society, Culture and Ecology of The Global South
Aug 25 - Aug 26

International Virtual Conference Contagion Narratives: Society, Culture and Ecology of The Global South

  • 25 Aug 2020
  • VIT Vellore
  • Dr. Sreejith Varma R, Dr. Jobin M. Kanjirakkat
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The ‘outbreak narratives’ (Wald) emerging from across the globe afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic have once again accentuated human vulnerability and have turned the spotlight back on the nonhuman (microbes, animals, climate and so on) and its ‘confederation of agencies’ (Iovino and Oppermann). The Corona pestilence, like its antecedents such as the Great Plague of London (1665-66), Spanish Flu (1918-1920), SARS (2002-2004) and Ebola (2013-2016), narrates ‘biological catastrophe[s]’ (Caduff) of varying degrees as it puts forward embodied discourses of pain, fear, fatigue, exhaustion and suffering. The permeability of bodies (Alaimo) that COVID-19 foregrounds has sharp parallels with the human survival struggles in the otherwise toxified locations like those near nuclear dumps, landfills and factories.

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