Michael Watts

Bioinsecurity and VulnerabilitySAR Press PublicationBioinsecurity and Vulnerability

“Biosecurity” has ballooned into an increasingly mundane aspect of human experience, serving as a catchall for the detection, surveillance, containment, and deflection of everything from epidemics and natural disasters to resource scarcities and political insurgencies.

2011, October 9–13
Biosecurity and VulnerabilityAdvanced SeminarBiosecurity and Vulnerability“Biosecurity” highlights the urgency with which nations police citizenry, transient populations, and border zones. This seminar convened to examine historical antecedents and the moral and material dimensions of biosecurity measures as experienced by individuals.
The Seductions of CommunitySAR Press PublicationThe Seductions of Community: Emancipations, Oppressions, QuandariesThe concept of "community" is ubiquitous in the way we talk and think about life in the twentyfirst century. Political and economic projects from rainforest conservation to urban empowerment zones focus on "the community" as the appropriate vehicle and target of change.
2003, April 12–18
Advanced SeminarReconsidering Community: The Unintended Consequences of an Intellectual RomanceOn April 12-18, 2003, ten scholars attended an Advanced Seminar chaired by Gerald Creed on the topic “Reconsidering Community: The Unintended Consequences of an Intellectual Romance.” Creed’s inspiration for the proposal was sparked by his observation that use of the term “community” had become common “almost to the point of saturation,” not only crossing nearly all academic disciplines, but also in widespread popular discourse across cultures....

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