Special Issue "The COVID-19 Pandemic and New Dimensions of Geo- and Biopolitics in the Global East"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2022) | Viewed by 10815
COVID-19 has drastically re-actualized the multiple interconnections between medicine and politics. In this Special Issue, we invite you to explore the validity and applicability of two concepts that seem to nicely reflect the state of the current debate on the pandemic and its long-term consequences—geopolitics and biopolitics. Being genealogically interrelated, they are helpful for understanding how the global state of emergency changes, correspondingly, spatio-territorial and population-centric dynamics of international affairs. Both geopolitical and biopolitical aspects of the ongoing crisis management can be scrutinized through a variety of concepts, including relatively well established (such as, for instance, health diplomacy), yet also new ones (such as, for example, biodiplomacy, vaccine diplomacy, mask diplomacy, medical and somatic sovereignty). Many of these concepts have been primarily discussed in Western political contexts, and only rarely applied to non-Western countries.
In this Special Issue, we intend to publish a bunch of research-based articles covering geopolitical and biopolitical dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic in a vast area known as the ‘global East’ and comprising Eurasia and the post-Soviet space, along with the Middle East, South East Asia and adjacent regions. We welcome submissions which aim to discuss a broad spectrum of relevant issues, such as:
- The changing interactions between nation states and global/trans-national health and medical organizations (WHO, Doctors without Borders) and vaccine producers
- COVID-19 and the new facets of the East-West divide
- The vaccine race and new inequality
- The governmental perspective on COVID-19
- COVID-19 and the illiberal turn
- Pandemic studies in post-colonial contexts
We will gladly consider other possible topics related to your interests and expertise, synthesizing geo- and biopolitical approaches to the coronavirus pandemic.
Potential authors are kindly asked to send titles and one-paragraph abstracts to Andrey Makarychev (email@example.com).
Prof. Dr. Andrey Makarychev
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- post-Soviet space
- Global East
- health diplomacy
- vaccine diplomacy
- medicine and politics