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In the shadow of the pandemic : dying and disappearing at the borders

A l'ombre de la pandémie : mourir et disparaître aux frontières


That we live in uncertain times is a statement widely shared by many authors and thinkers of modernity . The Covid-19 pandemic, which since the end of 2019 has been spreading throughout the world, confirms that we are engaged in "irreversible ecological and sustainable change" (Latour, 2020). In fact, the Covid-19 virus suddenly sends us back to the finiteness of our existence in a striking way: despite everything that the human species is capable of, we violently realize that we cannot control everything. Above all, we cannot have complete mastery of biology: our bodies reveal themselves in their naked, pure and simple, killable and unspeakable lives (Agamben, 1997). Individuals who lose their lives on a daily basis after being infected by Covid-19 share a vulnerability common to all human beings. They also share the right to be mourned and the right to receive a dignified burial. This article acknowledges the vulnerability of humans while highlighting how basic rights are being denied to certain people by social and economic inequalities combined with disparities in treatment.
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Constance de Gourcy, Sofia Stimmatini. A l'ombre de la pandémie : mourir et disparaître aux frontières. 2020. ⟨hal-03513589⟩
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