On the scene of zoonotic intimacies jungle, market, pork plant

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2020-11-01

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COVID-19, like HIV/AIDS before it, is being allegorized as a cost of perverse intimacies with nature. This essay surveys three scenes of intimate zoonotic exchange — the jungle, the wet market, and the pork plant — and maps how each contributes to the operation of racial capitalism.

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10.1215/23289252-8665341

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Rosenberg, GN (2020). On the scene of zoonotic intimacies jungle, market, pork plant. Transgender Studies Quarterly, 7(4). pp. 646–656. 10.1215/23289252-8665341 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/23457.

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Gabriel Nathan Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Gabriel N. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History. He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in History. He was the recipient of the Gilbert C. Fite Award from the Agricultural History Society, the K. Austin Kerr Prize from the Business History Conference, and a François André Michaux Fund Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Program in Agrarian Studies, an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Humanities Center, and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His writing has appeared in journals such as the Journal of American HistoryAmerican Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Agricultural History, and Diplomatic History.

Broadly, Gabriel Rosenberg's research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. In particular, he studies spaces of agricultural production as important sites for the constitution and governance of intimacy – intimacy both between and among humans, animals, and plants. Although central throughout history to human knowledge about reproduction, agriculture has been peripheral to accounts of the governance of sexuality. In tandem, while historical accounts of American state power have productively questioned matters of governance through the lens of agriculture, they have largely overlooked sexuality as its own formative analytic. His research looks to agriculture as a site of knowledge/power formation that inscribes and mobilizes both human and non-human bodies and desire. Reflecting his training as a historian of the modern United States, he uses the archives of the America’s agricultural past to exhume the tangled relationships between agricultural practices and the governance of human gender and sexuality, a relationship that now conditions America’s relationship to the agricultural peripheries of the global South.


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