Microbiopolitics Now, in Food Safety and Beyond

9 November 2020, 17:00 - 19:00


This is an online event hosted via Zoom. Online registration is now closed. For futher information please email Anindita Biswas.


Heather Anne Paxson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)



The concept of microbiopolitics means to call attention to how the governance of human social life may take microbial life into account. In this talk, I provide an overview of the microbiopolitical terms of debate in the United States over safe means of food production (taking as my case study raw-milk cheese), juxtaposing this with a different set of (micro)biopolitics at stake in the metabolic regulation of the national food supply through food import restrictions. A Covid-19 coda will check in on how a non-foodborne microbial threat is reworking the food industry, likely with lasting effects.



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