Geographers, sociologists, philosophers etc. on covid-19

Several pieces by geographers, sociologists and philosophers – presented without commentary.

First posted 24 March 2020; last updated 15 August 2020. Thanks to those who have sent additional ones, especially Michael O’Rourke, Dirk and Foucault News. I’m no longer updating this as much as before, as there are just too many pieces, but will add links if sent to me. Increasingly I’m adding pieces reflecting on the situation universities are in.

I’ve also been compiling a list of pieces about the challenges of reopening campuses.

Bibliographies and General Resources

A much more extensive, chronologically ordered, and five-language list is available from The Thomas Project.

Biopolitics and coronavirus: compilation (Sexuality Policy Watch – English, Portuguese and Spanish, via Foucault News)

For another useful bibliography, see Jef Delvaux, A Philosophy & COVID-19 Bibliography (Google Docs via Daily Nous)

And Andy Turner’s list COVID 19 SARS Geography Reading (Google Docs)

Pandemic Urbanism: Praxis in the Time of Covid-19 (Google Docs)

António Ferraz de Oliveira ed. Resources for remote research in Human Geography – crowd sourced resources (Google Docs)

For statistics, WorldometersJohns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, and the Bing Covid Tracker.

Visualizing COVID-19’s Effective Reproduction Number (Rt)

A range of useful links to governments and agencies is here – Coronavirus Socio-economic Policies in the world – JUMPER tracker

A full list of Giorgio Agamben’s interventions is at Aphelis

Individual pieces (newest additions at the foot)

Michele Lancione and Abdoumaliq Simone, Bio-austerity and Solidarity in the Covid-19 Space of Emergency – Episode One and Episode Two (Society and Space)

David Harvey, Anti-Capitalist Politics in the Time of COVID-19 (Reading Marx’s Capital)

Alain Badiou, On the Epidemic Situation (Verso blog)

Panagiotis Sotiris, Against Agamben: Is a Democratic Biopolitics Possible? (Viewpoint)

William Davies, The last global crisis didn’t change the world. But this one could (The Guardian)

Angela Last, Covid-19, ‘European Science’ and the Plague (Discover Society)

Catherine Malabou, To Quarantine from Quarantine: Rousseau, Robinson Crusoe, and “I” (Critical Inquiry) – see also the long comment from Bikash Sarma and Shruti Sharma

Mike Davis, The monster is finally at the door (LINKS)

Rob Wallace, Notes on a novel Coronavirus (MR Online)

Gordon Hull, Why We Are Not Bare Life: What’s wrong with Agamben’s Thoughts on Coronavirus (New APPS)

Judith Butler, Capitalism has its limits (Verso blog)

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi: Bifo – Diary of the psycho-deflation (Verso blog)

Giorgio Agamben, “The state of exception provoked by an unmotivated emergency” (translated at Positions); response by Jean-Luc Nancy (in Italian), clarifications from Agamben at AUFS (translated by Adam Kotsko) – a full list of Agamben’s pieces is available at Aphelis

M. Foucault, G. Agamben, J.L. Nancy, R. Esposito, S. Benvenuto, D. Dwivedi, S. Mohan, R. Ronchi, M. de Carolis, Coronavirus and philosophers (European Journal of Psychoanalysis)

John Paul Ricco, For a Governmentality of Ethical Distance (Unbecoming Community) – and other posts on that site; now collected with other pieces by Unbecoming Community

Antonis Vradis, This morning, I woke up in a curfew

And Slavoj Žižek already has a book on this forthcoming, seemingly based on some shorter pieces…

Sophie Harman, Covid-19 Global Health Reading List

Roger Keil, Creighton Connolly and  S. Harris Ali, Outbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities (The Conversation); along with The Urbanization of COVID-19 (Urban Political Podcast) and this piece at Urban Studies by the same authors

Jana Bacevic, No such thing as society? Liberal paternalism, politics of expertise and the corona crisis (Discover Society)

Simon Dalby, Pandemics, Borders and Crisis in a Globalized World; Globalization, Pandemics and Shared Insecurity; and The New Security Agenda in the time of COVID19 (Balsillie School)

Coronavirus readings by The Syllabus (email signup)

Clive Barnett, What’s Responsibility Got To Do With Anything Anyway? (Pop Theory)

George Francis Bickers and Simone Tulumello on security, borders and coronavirus (podcast on Soundcloud)

Chiara Iacovone, Alberto Valz Gris, Il virus è un prodotto del Capitalocene (Jacobin Italia)

Graham Mooney, Epidemics, Elites, and Public Health (podcast Against the Grain/KPFA)

Abigail Neely & Patricia Lopez, Care in the Time of Covid-19 (Antipode)

Jung Won Sonn, Coronavirus: South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance (The Conversation)

Marshall Shepherd, Why Geography Is A Key Part Of Fighting The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak (Forbes)

Mihnea. 2020. Viral Political Ecology [The Civil Animal, first of 3]

Philipp Sarasin, Mit Foucault die Pandemie verstehen? (Geschichte der Gegenwart); Understanding the Coronavirus Pandemic with Foucault? (Foucault blog)

Thomas Nail, Why a Roman philosopher’s views on the fear of death matter as coronavirus spreads (The Conversation)

Mónica Belevan, Preface/Postscript to the Peruvian exhibition catalogue for the Venice Biennale (Lapsus Lima)

Phil Steinberg, Herding Viruses (personal blog)

Tim Cresswell, Turbulence and Covid-19 and COVID-19, Racism, and the Power of Names (Varve)

Jack Shenker, Cities after coronavirus: how Covid-19 could radically alter urban life (The Guardian)

Clare Holdsworth, Coronavirus: how to deal with a looming lack of life plans (The Conversation)

Luca Paltrinieri, Prove generali di apocalisse differenziata (Antinomie)/Répétition générale d’une apocalypse différenciée (Platforme d’enquétes militantes)

Pier Aldo Rovatti, various Italian essays (etica minima)

Elettra Stimilli, Essere in comune a distanza (Antinomie)

Adam Tooze, Coronavirus has shattered the myth that the economy must come first (The Guardian)

Valeria Pulignano and Claudia Marà, The coronavirus, social bonds and the ‘crisis society’ (Social Europe)

Tim Christiaens, Must Society be Defended from Agamben? (Critical Legal Thinking)

Bruno Latour, Is this a dress rehearsal? (Critical Inquiry)/La crise sanitaire incite à se préparer à la mutation climatique (Le Monde)

Rob Horning, Deserted cities of the heart (Verso blog)

Doug Herman, Shutting Down Hawai‘i: A Historical Perspective on Epidemics in the Islands (Smithsonian Mag)

Miriam Meissner and Federico Savini, Corona and the Climate: 5 Lessons We Can Learn (Save the Planet for Amateurs)

Eliott Grover, What Can Daniel Defoe’s “Plague Year” Teach Us About Coronavirus? (Inside Hook)

Felipe Demetri, Biopolitics and Coronavirus, or don’t forget Foucault (Naked Punch)

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Foucault And The Politics Of Coronavirus Pandemic (Eurasia Review)

Lee Jones, Coronavirus Is the End of the End of History (Tribune)

Times of COVID-19 (multiple articles, Centre for Science, Technology and Society Studies)

Chuang Collective, Social Contagion

Massimo De Angelis, The Political Use of Parasites (Undisciplined Environments)

COVID-19 Essays (Multiple articles, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies)

Corona virus and mobility forum (COMPAS)

David Runciman, Coronavirus has not suspended politics – it has revealed the nature of power (The Guardian)

Peter Jones and Rick Stafford, What the Covid-19 pandemic should teach us about governance (UCL)

Jennifer Johnson, We are not the virus (Verso blog)

Adam Quarshie, Solidarity in Times of Crisis (Verso blog)

Angela McRobbie, Our low-paid workers are our lifeline (Verso blog)

The Care Collective, COVID-19 pandemic: A Crisis of Care (Verso blog)

Christine Berry, The COVID-19 pandemic will change everything – for better or worse (Verso blog)

Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (open access content from Wiley-Blackwell)

Giorgio Agamben, Reflections on the Plague (Medium); Riflessioni sulla peste (Quodlibet)

Karrie Jacobs interviews Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, The Architecture of Quarantine Is No Longer a Thing of the Past (Architect)

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves and Rodrick Wallace, COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital (Monthly Review)

Jean-Luc Nancy, Communovirus (Verso blog)

Allegra Lab has a thematic thread on the topic – , alongside a “Corona Diaries” podcast with daily reports from correspondents in several countries.

Speciale Coronavirus – lots of pieces in Italian (Scuola di filosofia di Trieste)

Talking Politics podcast with David Runciman (London Review of Books)

Radhika Desai, The Unexpected Reckoning: Coronavirus and Capitalism (Canadian Dimension)

Juan Branco, Coronavirus. Révolution et Antisouveraineté

Aisha S. Ahmad, Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Alain Brossat, L’irrespirable. Ce qui nous arrive and En guerre ? Ce qui nous arrive 2. (Ici et ailleurs)

Alex Jeffrey, Covid-19: Migration, Social Distancing and Incarceration (Placing Law)

David Byrne, The World Is Changing — So Can We (Reasons to be Cheerful)

Angela Maiello, Post-Media Vitality (Fata Morgana)

William Davies, Society as a Broadband Network (London Review of Books)

Matthew Gandy, Coronavirus (Cosmopolis)

Joseph Owen, States of Emergency, Metaphors of Virus, and COVID-19 (Verso blog)

Mike Davis, on Corona virus (The Dig podcast)

Daniele Lorenzini, Biopolitics in the Time of Coronavirus (Critical Inquiry-In the Moment)

Listening to the city in a global pandemic (City Road Podcast)

Nadia Colburn, Coronavirus and climate activism: five common lessons (Open Democracy)

Mir Sajad, Coronavirus, Critical Geographies and Geospatial Revolution: Redefining Epidemiology (Modern Diplomacy)

Frederic le Marcis, Coronavirus Seen From the Land of Ebola: Lessons Learned, Reflexivity and the People in Guinea (African Arguments)

Gordon Hull, COVID and Geolocation: Google edition (New APPS)

Matthew Hannah with Jan Simon Hutta and Christoph Schemann, Thinking Corona measures with Foucault (University of Bayreuth); also as Thinking Through Covid-19 Responses with Foucault (Antipode)

Manuel Aalbers, The Coronavirus Housing Crisis (Tribune)

Andreas Bieler, Higher Education and its Inability to Respond to the Crisis (Progress in Political Economy)

Bruce Rosenstock, Pandemocracy and the State of Exception (An und für sich)

Levi R. Bryant, A World is Ending (Identities)

Michael Safi, 100 Days that Changed the World (The Guardian)

Bruno Latour, A little exercise to make sure that, after the virus crisis, things don’t start again as they were before (Bruno Latour blog)

Dan Stevens and Nick Vaughan-Williams, Was the UK public prepared for a pandemic? Fear and awareness before COVID-19  (LSE British Politics and Politics)

Tobias J. Klinge Rodrigo Fernandez Manuel B. Aalbers, We Can’t Afford Big Pharma’s Greed (Tribune)

Andrew Burridge, Hotels are no ‘luxury’ place to detain people seeking asylum in Australia (The Conversation)

Brad Evans et. al. The Quarantine Files: Thinkers in Self-Isolation (Los Angeles Review of Books)

William Davies, Coronavirus and Progressive Taxation (Discover Society)

Jana Bacevic, The King’s Two(ish) Bodies

Giorgio Agamben, A Question (Quodlibet); translation by Adam Kotsko (An und für sich)

Covid-19 forum (Cultural Anthropology)

Covid-19 Chronicles (Discover Society – some individual pieces listed above)

Michael Watts, Student Futures and Life Under COVID-19 (Berkeley Matrix)

Derek Gregory, Covid-19 and armed conflict (Geographical Imaginations)

Zachary Braiterman, Plague Discipline & Bio-Power (Foucault) (Jewish Philosophy Place; via Foucault News)

Karsten Schubert, Crying for Repression: Populist and Democratic Biopolitics in Times of COVID-19 (2020) (Critical Legal Thinking via Foucault News)

Jane Whittle, The Black Death, COVID-19 and Universal Basic Income (History Workshop)

Vance Culbert, Philippe Le Billon, Global Supply Agreement could address collapsing oil markets and climate concerns (Policy Options)

Stephen Legg, Who’s New to Social Distancing (Platform)

Dave Beer, Hyperdriving the tech giants (Dave Beer – Fragments of Modernity)

Rob Kitchin, Will CovidTracker Ireland work? (The Programmable City)

Matthew Smallman-Raynor and Andrew Cliff, Pandemic influenza and Covid–19: Geographical velocity and control (Significance)

Marlous van Waijenburg & Ewolt Frankema, Covid-19 in Africa: Navigating Short and Long Term Strategies (African Arguments)

Anders Engberg-Pedersen, Covid-19 and War as Metaphor (boundary 2)

Klaus Dodds, COVID-19: Great power geopolitics, social media and hashtag diplomacy (Geography Directions)

Rob Kitchin, Using digital technologies to tackle the spread of the coronavirus: Panacea or folly? (open access working paper at The Programmable City); updated version Civil liberties or public health, or civil liberties andpublic health? Using surveillance technologies to tackle the spread of COVID-19 (Space and Polity – open access)

Ilaria Mariotti and Dante Di Matteo, Coworking in emergenza Covid-19: quali effetti per le aree periferiche? (EyesReg)

Torin Monahan, Living and Thinking through a Pandemic (Medium)

Achille Mbembe, The necropolitics of a pandemic (Autonomies)

Achille Mbembe, The Universal Right to Breathe (In the Moment)

Jana Bacevic, Science in inaction – The shifting priorities of the UK government’s response to COVID-19 highlights the need for publicly accountable expert advice (LSE blog)

Jana Bacevic, There’s no such thing as just ‘following the science’ – coronavirus advice is political (The Guardian)

Urban Political Podcasts – several podcasts on COVID-19

Paul Chatterton, Coronavirus: we’re in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future (Geography Directions)

Angela Cochran, What Will We Learn About Scholarly Publishing as a Result of COVID-19? (Scholarly Kitchen)

Bryan Doniger, Two Problems with Democratic Biopolitics (Critique in times of Coronavirus) (Critical Legal Studies)

Corpus analysis of the language of Covid-19 (Oxford English Dictionary)

Due to COVID-19: Documenting the signs of the pandemic – photos and comments from around the world

Yasmeen Arif, Life and the Interim (Diacritics)

Jacqueline Rose, Pointing the Finger (London Review of Books)

Jonathan Lamberts, The Plague was Already Present (Critique in Times of Coronavirus)(Critical Legal Thinking)

Tariq Kochi, A Violence Which Must Be Named (Critique in Times of Coronavirus) (Critical Legal Thinking)

Babette Babich, Retrieving Agamben’s Questions (Philosophical Reflections)

Judith Butler, Mourning Is a Political Act Amid the Pandemic and Its Disparities (Truthout)

Terence Blake, Agamben and the Epidemic – list of pieces written in response (Agent Swarm)

Glenda Sluga, OP-ED: At war with the virus, no battles to win, only a future to lose (first piece in a series – Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Academic Lives are in Transition (WONKHE)

Danny Dorling, The Prospect Interview #128: Slowing down the world (Prospect podcast)

Giorgio Agamben, La medicina come religione (Quodlibet); Medicine as Religion (An und für Sich)

Graham Harman, Tecrit ve Tehdit [Lockdown and the Sense of Threat (English/Turkish at Baykus: Felsefe Yazilari)

Arthur Bradley, In the Leper Colony (Columbia University Press blog)

Christopher Watkin, La Peste (The Plague) (discussions of Camus’s book on his website)

The RHJ Editorial Collective, Covid-19 and housing struggles:
The (re)makings of austerity, disaster capitalism, and the no return to normal (Radical Housing Journal)

Tim Howles, Where is our Vaccine? A Plea for a Renewed Public Understanding of Science (William Temple Foundation)

Catherine Keller and John J. Thatamanil, Is this an Apocalypse? We certainly hope so – you should too (ABC Religion and Ethics)

Matt Sparke and Dimitar Anguelov, Contextualising Coronavirus Geographically (Transactions of the IBG, open access preprint)

B0b H0pe, COVID-19: Zizek, Power, Change, Blame (Medium)

Corey Robin, CUNY, Corona, and Communism (Crooked Timber)

William Connolly, Reichstag Events, Pandemics, and Normality (The Contemporary Condition)

Gerasimos Kakoliris, A Foucauldian enquiry in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic management (Critique in Times of Coronavirus) (Critical Legal Thinking)

Sam Kinsley, Climbing up the walls (Spatial Machinations)

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Penser l’après : Sciences, pouvoir et opinions dans l’après Covid-19 (The Conversation, via Foucault News)

W. J. T. Mitchell, Groundhog Days and the Epoché (In the Moment)

Francis Wade and Judith Butler, Judith Butler on the Violence of Neglect Amid a Health Crisis (The Nation)

James Tyner, As the novel coronavirus rages in the US, it reveals a systemic rot and the privilege of profits over premature death (University of Minnesota Press blog)

Rowland Atkinson and Keith Jacobs, Coronavirus has shone a light on UK’s housing crisis – here’s how it can be fixed (The Conversation)

Pandemic Politics, issue 37 of Jacobin, May 2020 (requires subscription)

Bicram Rijal, Social distancing in the times of coronavirus pandemicWalking becomes political during the pandemic; What Does Toilet Paper Teach Us about Our Defecation Habits? (all at Anthrodendum)

Clive Barnett, The Challenges of Learning at a Distance (Pop Theory)

Yong Jin Park, A Twist of the Coronavirus Privacy Crisis — New Lows in Privacy (Medium)

Nick Randolph, Making Live and Letting Die in COVID-19: A Biopolitical Review (Sage Advance)

Ulrich Oslender, Greta’s Wrath; or quédate en casa, Agamben: COVID-19 and the (Non-) State of Exception (Geopolitica(s) – link to pdf)

Warren Montag, The COVID-19 Conjuncture (Left Voice)

Alex Langstaff, Pandemic Narratives and the Historian (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Clare O’Farrell, Coronavirus and Open Plan Offices (Refracted Input)

Houssem Ben Lazreg and Wael Garnaoui, Reversal of (Im)mobility Privilege and Borders During COVID-19 (E-IR)

Hamish Robertson and Joanne Travaglia, The Necropolitics of COVID-19: Will the COVID-19 pandemic reshape national healthcare systems? (LSE blog)

Nidesh Lawton, The Mimetic Virus: Rethinking Mimesis in the Age of Covid-19 (The Contemporary Condition)

Kamalini Ramdas and David Taylor, Understanding the spatialities of COVID-19 (Geography Directions)

Michael Woods, COVID-19, Territorial Inequalities and Spatial Justice – part one; part two (Imajine)

There Is No Outside: Covid-19 Dispatches -a FREE ebook collection from Verso and ⁦‪@nplusonemag‬⁩‬⁩, edited by Jessie Kindig, Mark Krotov, and Marco Roth.

Dianna Smith, Graham Moon, Paul Roderick, Developing indices of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (Geography Directions)

Chris Cook, Universities in Crisis: Off Campus (Tortoise Media)

Geopolítica de la pandemia de COVID-19 – special issue of Geopolitica(s) – papers in Spanish and English

Clare O’Farrell, Reflections on writing and hopes for a post Covid-19 world (Refracted Input)

Claire Taylor and Andrea Buttle, 2020: a space (and timetabling) odyssey (Wonkhe)

Anne Abaho, Covid-19 and the New Scramble for Africa (African Arguments)

Stephen Connelly, Universities, Finance Capital and the Impact of Covid-19 (Discover Society; also at Critical Legal Thinking).

Kandida Purnell, The Body Politics of Covid-19 (The Disorder of Things) – other linked pieces here

The Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group of the RGS-IBG, COVID is a Feminist Issue (Geographical Directions)

Jenni Nuttall, Special Advisors and Evil Counsel (History Workshop)

Noam Chomsky, What History Shows Us About Responding to Coronavirus (Lit Hub)

Philip Mader, Natascha van der Zwan and Daniel Mertens, 9 Ways Coronavirus Could Transform Capitalism (Tribune)

Colin McFarlane, The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve (The Conversation)

Saara Penttinen, The Virus, the Virtual, the Virtuoso’s Cabinet, and the World (Journal of the History of Ideas)

Daphne S. Ling, This pandemic is not an extended sabbatical (Nature)

Gavin Brown, The sexual politics of lockdown(Geography Directions)

David R. Green, How the first modern pandemic made key workers its early victims (Geography Directions)

David Kernohan, The search for savings in university budgets (Wonkhe)

Interchange – The Cunning Figure of the Virus: Elizabeth Povinelli on Late Liberalism (WFHB)

Paul B. Preciado, Learning from the virus (ArtForum; via Foucault News)

Beans Velocci, These Uncertain Times (Avidly/LA Review of Books)

Anton Oleinik, The politics behind how governments control coronavirus data (The Conversation)

Institutional Vandalism: The University and Covid-19 (Critical Legal Thinking)

Liz Morrish, Higher Education and Pandemic Uncertainty (Academic Irregularities)

Bruno Latour, This is a Global Catastrophe that has come from within (interview with Jonathan Watts, The Guardian)

Geographies of the Covid-19 Pandemic, special issue of Dialogues in Human Geography, July 2020 (40+ commentaries open access)

Mark Banks, The Work of Culture and C-19, European Journal of Cultural Studies (open access)

Paul Greatrix, Universities’ Covid-19 response: not perfect, but far from cack-handed (WONKHE)

Sam Halvorsen, Matthew Richmond & Sonja Marzi, Latin American Geographies Working Group, UK, The uneven geographies of Covid-19 in Latin America (Geography Directions)

David Bissell, Covid-19 and our changing sense of place (Geography Directions)

Seán Brennen, The Biopolitics of Covid-19 (Slugger O’Toole)

Tim Christiaens and Stijn De Cauwer, The Biopolitics of Immunity in Times of COVID-19: An Interview with Roberto Esposito (Antipode)

Félix Tréguer, Gestion techno-policière d’une crise sanitaire (Sciences Po); translated as The State and Digital Surveillance in Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic (web version at Sciences Po; pdf at HAL Archives)

William Connolly, New Viral Crossings and Old Academic Divisions (The Contemporary Condition)

Kavita Datta and Vincent Guermond, Remittances in Times of Crisis: Reflections on Labour, Social Reproduction, and Digitisation during Covid-19 (Antipode)

Roger Keil, Maria Kaika, Tait Mandler and Yannis Tzaninis, Global urbanization created the conditions for the current coronavirus pandemic (The Conversation)

Andy Merrifield, Over the Rainbow — Pynchon and the Pandemic (blog)

Klaus Dodds , Vanesa Castan Broto , Klaus Detterbeck , Martin Jones , Virginie Mamadouh, Maano Ramutsindela , Monica Varsanyi , David Wachsmuth & Chih Yuan Woon, The COVID-19 pandemic: territorial, political and governance dimensions of the crisis (Territory, Politics, Governance)

Journal of Australian Political Economy No 85, Winter 2020 (via PPE)

James Tyner, Freedom, fatal convictions, and the face mask (University of Minnesota Press blog)

Alberto Toscano, Beyond the Plague State (Historical Materialism)

Jean-Luc Nancy and Jean-François Bouthors, ‘Only democracy can allow us to accept the lack of control over our history’ (Verso blog)

Simon Cook and Sam Hayes, Covid-19 and the changing geographies of exercise (Geography Directions)

Matthew Shaw, The untold story of university libraries in lockdown (WONKHE)

Juliet Fall, Fenced In (Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space)

Amy Griffin, Can I trust this map? 4 questions to ask when you see a map of the coronavirus pandemic (Geography Directions)

Anders Christoffer Haugen, COVID-19 and The Limits of Medicine (Medium)

Creighton Connolly, Managing Covid-19 on an increasingly urbanised planet (Geography Directions)

Andrew Tatem, Pandemic Acceleration (Geography Directions)

Clive Barnett, Understanding Popular Responses to Covid-19 (Pop Theory)

Glen O’Hara, Britain’s universities are on the verge of unravelling (The Guardian)

Felicity Callard, So Many Symptoms (Medium)

Charles Heller, De-confine Borders: Towards a Politics of Freedom of Movement in the Time of the Pandemic (Compas)

Katherine Brickell, Stay home, stay safe? A political geography of home in Covid-times (Geography Directions)

Christopher Smith, A Conversation with Prof. Yi-Fu Tuan on the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Geographer’s Perspective on Nature and Culture in a Landscape of Fear

Jude L Fernando. 2020. The Virocene Epoch: the vulnerability nexus of viruses, capitalism and racism. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 635-684

Jude L Fernando. 2020. From the Virocene to the Lovecene epoch: multispecies justice as critical praxis for Virocene disruptions and vulnerabilities. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 685-731.

Christopher Watkin, COVID-19 and the social contract

David Barnes, Merlin Chowkwanyun and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Pandemic Syllabus (Public Books)

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Volume 111, Issue 3, Special Issue: The Geography of the COVID‐19 Pandemic (open access)

Katie Mack and Gavin Yamey, After Cruise Ships and Nursing Homes, Will Universities Be the Next COVID-19 Tinderboxes? (Time)

Thesis Eleven Online Special: Living and Thinking Crisis (open access)

Hüseyin Pusat Kildiş, Horseshoe Theory and Covid-19 (E-IR)

Simon Willcock, Connecting with nature during Covid-19 (Geography Directions)

Michael Jennings, COVID-19 and Facemask Diplomacy (History Workshop)

Jim Dickinson, Universities get some SAGE advice on reopening campuses (WONKHE)

Blake Smith, Lock Down and Punish (Washington Examiner)

Annie Tubadji, Don Webber, Frederic Boy, COVID-19: Narrative economics, public policy and mental health (VOX CEPR Policy Portal)

Judith Butler, COVID-19, the politics of non-violence, necropolitics, and social inequality (lecture and interview, Verso)

Gareth Dale, Global Fever: A Review of Andreas Malm’s ‘Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century’ (Verso, 2020) (Spectre Journal)

Ileana Diaz & Alison Mountz, Intensifying Fissures: Geopolitics, Nationalism, Militarism, and the US Response to the Novel Coronavirus (Geopolitics – open access)

Patricio Lepe-Carriòn, Biopolítica; somatocracia y medicina social (pdf)

Pandemic and the Crisis of Capitalism (Rethinking Marxism dossier)

Angela Mitropoulos, The pandemic, and the pandemonium of European philosophy (Political Geography)

Michael Simpson, For a prefigurative pandemic politics: Disrupting the racial colonial quarantine (Political Geography)

Danny Dorling, Coronavirus: Why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers? (The Conversation)

Martina Tazzioli, Confine to Protect: Greek Hotspots and the Hygienic-Sanitary Borders of Covid-19 (Border Criminologies)

I’ll add more pieces as I’m told about them. There are now just too many to add everything. Please use comments on this page (now enabled) wherever possible, and provide links please – rather than on Facebook or Twitter.

124 Responses to Geographers, sociologists, philosophers etc. on covid-19

  1. Chiara Iacovone, Alberto Valz Gris, Il virus è un prodotto del Capitalocene (Jacobin Italia)
    (in Italian)

  2. dmf says:
    Historical geographer Graham Mooney reflects on the history of measures like isolation and quarantines — as well as elite indifference to the plight of the poor and working classes during infectious disease outbreaks.
    his book Intrusive Interventions: Public Health, Domestic Space, and Infectious Disease Surveillance in England 1840-1914

  3. Cristina says:

    The best academic take I’ve seen so far by political geographers of health by Abigail Neely & Patricia Lopez: Care in the Time of Covid on the antipode blog

  4. Jung Won Sonn says:

    An article about smart city dimension in South Korea strategy, written by Jung Won Sonn.

  5. simon batterbury says:

    Marshall Shepherd . March 2020. Why Geography Is A Key Part Of Fighting The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak. Forbes.

    Mihnea. 2020. Viral Political Ecology [first of 3]

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  7. Michael says:

    Philipp Sarasin published a piece on Covid and Foucault in German at

  8. Hi Stuart. Also see my piece at and Tim Cresswell’s at . I’m hoping to post an additional piece soon on people writing about people writing about COVID (which I guess will also include a reference to people compiling bibliographies about people writing about COVID), so stay tuned.

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks Phil, both added. I don’t think I have anything useful to say about this, and ended up compiling the list almost by chance – post a few pieces, get some additional ones in comments, and so on. There is certainly a risk in rushing to judgment, and a lot of takes seem to merely confirm people’s existing views. Hope you’re recovering well.

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  11. Raffaele Grandoni says:

    A piece by Luca Paltrinieri is an interesting part of the debate between Agamben, Nancy and Esposito, available both in Italian and French:

  12. Tim Christiaens says:

    Some pieces in Italian:

    -Elettra Stimilli, Essere comune a distanza:
    -Pier Adlo Rovatti, philosophical blog about the lockdown:

    In English:

    -Tim Christiaens, Must Society be Defended from Agamben:
    -Valeria Pulignano & Claudia Marà: The Coronavirus, Social Bonds, and the ‘Crisis of Society’:

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  14. federico says:

    Here a blog post by Miriam Meissner and Federico Savini on what we can learn from the COVID pandemic and its responses.

  15. gglouftsios says:

    Here is a COMPAS forum dedicated to the relation between (im)mobility and the Covid-19 pandemic (facilitate by Biao Xiang)::

  16. filvos says:

    Stuart can you please add our initiative to your list please:
    Thanks, Filip

  17. Ricardo Falcão says:

    Chuang Collective in China published this interesting analysis

  18. simon batterbury says:

    The Political Use of Parasites By Massimo De Angelis (21 March 2020). Undisciplined Environments

  19. Gianfranco Ferraro says:

    Dear Stuart, here a page of Thomas Project Journal, in five languages, chronologically organized and daily updated – it could be useful:
    Thanks for your work and support, and take care!

  20. Ricco’s blog posts have now been collected alongside other pieces by Canadian based scholars of biopolitics:

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  22. Clare O'Farrell says:

    Thanks so much for this Stuart, will be posting a notice about this tomorrow on Foucault News. I have now added a new category for “pandemic” on the blog.

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks Clare – I took a couple from Foucault News. Not sure how long I’ll keep updating this – there is so much being written, and there is a better aggregating site at The Thomas Project. Hope you’re well.

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  24. Peter Jones says:

    See our reflections on what the What the Covid-19 pandemic should teach us about governance – Abstract: “Reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic from a governance perspective: when society faces a real crisis that needs strong coordinated action, it looks to the state and scientific/medical experts, along with cooperation amongst civil society backed up by police enforcement. The private sector plays an important role in various ways, such as ensuring food supplies in the face of selfish freeriding panic buyers, but many private sector companies look to the state for loans and bailouts. Some libertarians complain that it’s all an excuse for state control of our lives, but few take this seriously as we face a real crisis that gravely threatens societal wellbeing. We also recognise need for cooperation amongst countries to provide for coordinated international action. Looking back, we can see that the state could have done more to proactively restrict ‘wet markets’ as these appear to be the source of this zoonotic virus. Looking forward we can see that state intervention is likely to be as crucial to promoting economic recovery from the crash following this pandemic as it was after the 1929 crash. When things return to ‘normal’ and calls resume to shrink the state, ignore ‘so called experts’, revert to selfish national isolationism, recognise ‘that there’s no such thing as society’, rely on dynamism of private sector, etc., remember what we relied on to address this crisis. Also, remember these times when we again start to hear arguments that climate change is best addressed through private sector action, that experts can’t be trusted, that the state should not interfere in trying to steer society, that societal behaviour can’t be changed overnight, etc., i.e. it isn’t a corporate Iron Man that is likely to save us”

  25. felixgirke says:

    From anthropology:

    Allegra Lab has a thematic thread on the topic –, alongside a “Corona Diaries” podcast with daily reports from correspondents in several countries.

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  27. antonio says:

    Thank you Stuart! the post of Juan Branco in French is really great too
    “Coronavirus. Révolution et Antisouveraineté”

    – Antonio Pele
    PUC-RIo University
    Law School

  28. Hi, podcast-wise, there’s good stuff on Talking Politics (London Review of Books), eg the latest interview to Richard Evans, historian that has worked on Cholera


  30. la plebaglia di fronte says:

    Je voudrais suggérer un texte en deux parties d’Alain Brossat sur le site
    L’intérêt étant, entre autres, de proposer une analyse par un philosophe français résidant à l’Extrême Orient.

  31. dmf says:

    Saskia Sassen w/ DiEM25

    think you can just leave these links in the comment section for folks to scroll thru with a note above to let folks know and then you don’t have to keep up curating in the same way

  32. AM says:

    A. Maiello – Post-media Virality. When We Are the Medium (of the Virus).

  33. A bit of a rant: I’m sorry, this haste to jump on the Covid 9 bandwagon is slightly repugnant. To think needs time and not just regurgitating stuff as seemingly relevant. If not already mentioned, I would suggest re-reading Michel Serres’ La Parasite (1980) for starting to understand how viruses permeate biological, social and academic life.

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  35. Sebastien says:

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned this new book by Frédéric Keck, but is certainly useful in this context and written before Covid-19, so not written to take advantage of the current crisis:

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  39. Dear Stuart, here is a link to a detailed piece I have written with Jan Simon Hutta and Christoph Schemann on “Thinking corona measures with Foucault”. It would be great if you could include the link in your list. All the best!

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  41. Bikash Sarma says:

    Hi Stuart, We would request you to include our critical response to Catharine Malabou’s post in Critical Inquiry, into the list.

  42. Dear Stuart
    Bruno Latour’s blog has an ‘exercise’ to help us reflect on the opportunities and threats opened up. This is distinct as he is asking us what we think colectively rather than telling us what he thinks or what he think others might think.

  43. Andrew Burridge says:

    Hi Stuart,

    a short piece I did for the Conversation if you wish to add to the list

    I’m compiling a list of academics writing on detention and incarceration during the pandemic, and would be happy to pass on if of use

    I hope this finds you well!


  44. M Barua says:

    A short piece on the infodemic and its metabolic consequences – thoughts on Covid-19 in India:

    And Cultural Anthropology’s Covid-19 forum:

  45. ddimatteo says:

    Dear Stuart,

    here is a short article written by me (Dante Di Matteo) and Ilaria Mariotti about the possible role of peripheries in the following phases of Covid-19, in regard to the new working spaces (coworking). It is in Italian language and freely available on the online journal «EyesReg»:

    I hope it can be interesting to be added to the list!


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  50. Chris Watkin says:

    Hi Stuart, Thanks so much for drawing this list together. My philosophical reflections on COVID-19 in the light of Camus’ /The Plague/ might be of interest:
    Cheers, Chris W

  51. Matt SPARKE says:

    Hi Stuart, Thanks for this very helpful collection of resource links. It was very useful as I worked with Dimitar Angelov on an editorial for TIBG entitled ‘Contextualizing Coronavirus Geographically’. This editorial is now available at Matt Sparke

  52. JB says:

    Hello Stuart,
    This article our publication published last month might be of interest. ( Thank you for compiling such a thorough list!

  53. Bicram Rijal says:

    Dear Stuart, thank you for putting these all together. Please find below my three pieces that you may want to add to the list:

    1. A piece that argues that social distancing is not a new phenomenon but a routine experience of social discrimination among historically marginalized communities.

    2. A piece that examines the political and ideological implications of walking during the pandemic.

    3. An article that examines the pandemic-induced panic buying of toilet paper through a historical and cross-cultural analysis of defecation practices.

    Thank you.

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  55. Thank you for this list, I wrote about the Body Politics of COVID-19 here in April.

  56. Manuel Aalbers says:

    Good to see you keep updating this, Stuart! Here’s another one:

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  58. Mark Banks says:

    Thanks for this excellent resource, Stuart – here’s an open access piece on covid, the arts and cultural industries I had published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies

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  60. Thank you for an amazing reading list!

    You may add my piece about medicalization and governing strategies surrounding COVID-19, COVID-19 and The Limits of Medicine, if you wish:
    View at

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  62. monster articles

    Jude L Fernando. 2020. The Virocene Epoch: the vulnerability nexus of viruses, capitalism and racism. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 635-684

    Jude L Fernando. 2020. From the Virocene to the Lovecene epoch: multispecies justice as critical praxis for Virocene disruptions and vulnerabilities. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 685-731.

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  64. A whole SI here:
    Special Issue:The Geography of the COVID‐19 Pandemic Please note: all articles are OPEN ACCESS.

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