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Care for the Polis: Urban Infrastructures of Violence (5.28.20)

Chazkel, Amy E.; Metzl, Jonathan

Amy Chazkel, a historian, and Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist, examine how urban space and its rural opposite engender forms of what we might call “anti-care,” including racial oppression and violence around conceptions of public infrastructures—from public parks to public health— and in the contexts of 19th-century Brazil and the contemporary United States, respectively.

Keywords: Brazil, race, whiteness, politics, America

Care for the Polis is a conversation that exists in a multi-temporal and virtual space, a space designed to reimagine how medical humanities and public humanities shape, and are shaped by, the city and its diverse publics. In a series of weekly Z-Panels, our invited speakers will discuss the effects of health on the conception of cities and publics—including, in the context of pandemic, the foreclosure of public space and what it means to become an online yet domestic-bound public. Together, we will address emerging concerns such as economic impact and recovery, domesticity and democracy, public care and public reconstruction.

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Heyman Center for the Humanities
Care for the Polis
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August 10, 2020