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Special Issue of Synapsis on Police, Prison, and Plagues

July 8, 2021 In the Press

Synapsis, a health and medical humanities journal, has launched a new special issue on police, prison, and plagues. 

In their introduction to the series, the editors write, 

We have all struggled to reimagine work, politics, and social life in an age of “social distancing,” but human beings who were previously rendered insecure by racial capitalism became especially vulnerable to mortality, illness, and the collateral consequences of public health during the pandemic.

The same communities targeted by police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, for example, found themselves disproportionately exposed to disease. In the United States, home to the world’s largest prison population and one of the epicenters of a global outbreak for much of 2020, the story of COVID-19 is inseparable from histories of mass incarceration and police violence.

Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal was founded in 2017 by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar and 2016–2019 Fellow at the SOF/Heyman, and Rishi Goyal, a physician and board member at the SOF/Heyman. This special issue of Synapsis was edited by Max Mishler (University of Toronto and 2016–2017 Fellow at the SOF/Heyman), Elsa Hardy (Yale Law School and African American Studies, Harvard University), Elizabeth Ross (Harvard Law School and African American Studies, Harvard University), and Khaleel Grant (University of Toronto).

Read the full issue here