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Rebecca Hester: “Those against whom society must be defended: Mexican migrants, swine flu, and bioterrorism”

“Those against whom society must be defended: Mexican migrants, swine flu, and bioterrorism”

April 8 2014

Humanities 1, Room 210

Since 9/11 and in the wake of the anthrax letters, there has been a concern about the “dual use” of biological knowledge and material which could variously be used for vaccine development or for the production of biological weapons of mass destruction. Population mobility and biological mutability have been at the center of this concern.

Rebecca J. Hester is assistant professor of social medicine in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics with an emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies from UCSC. Her research focuses on the politics of the body as they are manifested at and through the intersections of immigration, health, and security. She is co-author, with Ronnie Lipschutz, of “We are the Borg! Human Assimilation into Cellular Society,” pp. 366-407, in: M.G. Michael and Katina Michael (eds.), Uberveillance and the Social Implications of Microchip Implants: Emerging Technologies (Hershey, Penna.: IGI Global, 2014).

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