Past Event

Anjuli Raza Kolb - Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020

April 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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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
  • Response by 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: