The University of Toronto Press and its journal, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, have just published a collection of essays that address the current COVID-19 global pandemic.
As Greg Bird and Penelope Ironstone describe in the opening of their Editorial Introduction, “This is a rapid response collection of essays. In the evening on Sunday, March 15 we began contacting Canadian-based scholars working in the field of biopolitics to write a short, biopolitically-inspired essay that critically interrogates some aspect of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
I am pleased to have my “three brief meditations” on friendship, intrusion, boredom, ethical distance, and sabbatical, included in this wonderful collection of incredibly astute critical voices.
Here’s the Table of Contents
1. Being in Common at a Distance by Elettra Stimilli
2. In the Distance by Philippe Theophanidis
3. Biopolitical Economies of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Jon Short
4. On Ways of Living in the Midst of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic (Three Brief Meditations) by John Paul Ricco
5. Crisis, Critique, and the Limits of What We Can Hear by Stuart J. Murray
6. The Pandemic is (Extra) Ordinary by Penelope Ironstone
7. The Biopolitics of Numbers by Victor Li
8. Uncanny Convergences: Mobility and Containment in the Time of Coronavirus by Roberta Buiani
9. Biomedical Apparatuses or Conviviality? by Greg Bird
10. Government-in-a-Box, or Understanding Pandemic Measures as Biopolitics by Neil Balan