What is an Event and Are We in One?
Keywords:Event, Pandemic, Exposure, Racism, Politics
This article describes the temporal and spatial configurations and limitations of the rupture phase of historical events. It does so through a consideration of the intertwined forms and flows of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and the social uprising against police violence targeting African-Americans in the United States. The article argues that these ruptures open up a "double exposure", one that makes problematic conventional categories associated with events, like those of past and future and inside and outside, thus challenging our ability to situate ourselves in relation to such events.
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Wagner-Pacifici, R. (2017). What Is an Event?. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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