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Covid-19: When Species and Data Meet

A BSA Yorkshire MedSoc Study Group Webinar

18 January 2021 (13:30-15:00 GMT)

About the Event

  • Speaker: Catherine Price

Abstract:  This paper explores how species meet, in particular humans and the Covid-19 virus. It also draws attention to the digital world through the lens of contact-tracing apps. Here, I examine human-virus-data relations, with humans, Covid-19, and data meeting and intra-acting. This paper examines what has led us to this situation with Covid-19 and the role data is currently playing.

The paper offers an answer to two questions. How do humans, Covid-19, and Covid-19 contact-tracing apps meet and intra-act? What are the social justice issues and problems associated with contact-tracing apps? This paper examines how species meet and intra-act, as well as how the Anthropocene has contributed to the current situation. The paper also discusses contact-tracing apps and what these apps mean for society.

Finally, the paper shows how entanglements are not only constrained to those which are multispecies but also stretch out to the digital. These postdigital hybrid assemblages enable the coming together of humans, biological-more-than-human-worlds, and the digital. Postdigital hybrid assemblages enable us to push beyond boundaries, helping us understand Covid-19 and its impacts on society.

Hopefully, this discussion about the postdigital hybrid assemblage will contribute to discussions in the future, and long after Covid-19, about how we are living our lives, and who and what we are living our lives with.


Registration for this event is OPEN.  It is a free event but registration is required.  A Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.