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Diane Enns

“Roberto Esposito on Immunity and Community: Or, How to Live With Risk”

Abstract: Roberto Esposito argues that our current understanding of community is shaped by an “immunitary paradigm,” evidenced by our obsession with contamination and security. In the fields of disease control and information technology the virus has become the metaphor for all our nightmares. In the political realm, protection against contamination by foreign elements—immigrants, migrants, terrorists—is the new religion. Risk is artificially produced in order to control it; we adjust our perceptions of risk to the growing demand for protection. In this talk I will draw out the implications of Esposito’s response to this predicament—that we need protection against too much protection—for how we might live (with risk) in communities.


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Date(s) - January 22, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

McMaster University, Kenneth Taylor Hall 109


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