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The Long 2020: Stefanie Fishel, Eben Kirksey, and Wai Chee Dimock
Mar 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us for a conversation with Stefanie Fishel (University of the Sunshine Coast), Eben Kirksey (Alfred Deakin Institute), and Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University) as part of our spring series, The Long 2020. Political theorist Stefanie Fishel will be discussing how Covid-19 and SARS-COV-2 has pushed our philosophical and theoretical understandings of the world to its limits, including our notion of freedom. Anthropologist Eben Kirksey will be taking a critical look at the evidence linking bat coronaviruses to the emergence of SARS-COV-2 and exploring general themes of viral agency and vulnerability. And American studies scholar Wai Chee Dimock will discuss the long history of pandemics through indigenous peoples, as well as the remarkable success of some of the tribes during this pandemic.
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About the Speakers:
Stefanie Fishel is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her research interests include the gendered and racialized experiences of environmental harm; new materialism and posthumanism; critical animal studies; science and technology studies; and global environmental theory and law focused on climate change, biodiversity, and the Anthropocene. She is the author of The Microbial State: Global Thriving and the Body Politic (Minnesota 2017).
Eben Kirksey is Associate Professor (Research) at Alfred Deakin Institute in Melbourne, Australia, where he holds a major Discovery Project grant to study the Promise of Multispecies Justice. His publications include The Mutant Project (St. Martin’s Press 2020), Emergent Ecologies (Duke 2015), and Freedom in Entangled Worlds (Duke 2012).
Wai Chee Dimock is William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. She writes about science, technology, medicine, and literature, focusing especially on the symbiotic relation between humans and nonhumans. Her recent books include Weak Planet (Chicago 2020), Shades of the Planet (Princeton 2007), and Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (Princeton 2006).