Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020

Anjuli Raza Kolb, Elizabeth Povinelli

Columbia University

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Online Event

Event Description
While urban life has been overturned by the pandemic, this crisis invites us to think more broadly how the urban is an emergent form that can be redesigned to promote life and human flourishing. The pandemic has reactivated hidden circuits of racialization and social differentiation. The very conditions of living with the virus have posed new questions about the limits of the human, and the possibility of sociability. As an early epicenter, New York City has been forced to question anew its contested globality—both global capital and its dependence on labor and precarity. Over six weeks, the series will pick up these themes related to New York City and its global peers; pandemic urbanisms; race, climate, and housing; and utopian/dystopian imaginaries.
Event Speakers
Anjuli Raza Kolb, Associate Professor English at the University of Toronto
Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University
Moderated by Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature and Center for Science and Society Advisory Board Member at Columbia University
Event Information
Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Part of the Medical Humanities and Pandemic Urbanisms series.
Hosted by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and co-sponsored by:
Center for Science and Society
Columbia Global Centers
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics
Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
Weatherhead East Asian Institute