Time: 12:15 - 1:15pm Venue: FB 2.07 City Centre seminar room
Professor Stephen Hinchliffe, Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
Chair: Tim Brown/Beth Greenhough
This paper reports on various components of an ESRC project entitled biosecurity borderlands. It outlines the recent history of and key elements for biosecurity, drawing out the spatial tensions between and within elements. The paper uses field work in farming, food and surveillance sectors to note the following tendencies in biosecurity practice:
The paper uses the field work to make the following arguments:
An appreciation of the multiple logics and agencies that are involved in making life safe does not offer easy regulatory solutions to an emerging zoonotic challenge, but it does highlight the need to arrest a tendency to over-simplify the food chain and down-grade agricultural, research and surveillance roles within the food, farming and health sectors. The paper is underwritten by an will to explore and affirm a life politics that may have less in common with biopolitics (Foucault, Esposito) and more to draw from the ontological and cosmopolitics of science studies and ANT.