New Book: “Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary”

11 October 2019

Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary by Christos Lynteris has just been published by Routledge’s “Studies in Anthropology” series.

The book employs the notion of the ‘pandemic imaginary’ in order to understand the way in which the anticipation and fantasy of pandemic-borne human extinction refashions our understanding of humanity and its place in the world.

Employing Castoriadis’s notion of the imaginary to epidemiological studies, popular culture, modes of scientific visualisation, and pandemic preparedness campaigns, the book challenges us to think how cosmological, aesthetic, ontological and political aspects of pandemic catastrophe are intertwined.