Cite as:

Fortun, Kim. 2020. "COVID-19 and Compound Vulnerabilities," Open Seminar for the Transnational Disaster COVID-19 Project edited by Duygu Kasdogan and Kim Fortun. Irvine, CA: Disaster STS Network. 

Governing Places and Compound Vulnerability
Collaborative Analysis: COVID-19 Project

Collaboration call

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 8-9:30AM PDT

Governing Places and Compound Vulnerabilities

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We'll start with a shared reading of Aalok Khandekar’s draft commentary, “Heat and Contagion in the Off-Grid City” then we’ll discuss how compound vulnerabilities are being characterized and addressed in different places -- the Navajo Nation (Dinétah), for example (see questions focused on different places here and the beginnings of place-focused digital essays here) 

The last part of our discussion will focus on how models of COVID-19 governance (from South Korea, Sweden and the Indian state of Kerala, for example) are traveling, debated and translated into practice in different settings. To prompt thinking about the latter, see Al Jazeera’s (50 minute) film, Lessons from Asia, which examines response to the pandemic in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

All of the items in this digital collection (including the digital essays focused on particular places) can be annotated using the question set for Reading COVID-19 Commentaries  (you are welcome to add questions to this set.).  Attach annotations to the item being annotated.  

Also address these cross-cutting research questions for the Transnational Disaster-STS COVID-19 project (selecting Questions About Governance and Compound Vulnerabilities, attaching annotations here)

See annotation instructions. 

To work in this digital workspace, you'll need to register if you haven't already -- through the link in the top right-hand corner here.  Email Kim Fortun ( for next steps.

Next week’s discussion -- Friday, June 5 -- will return to scholarship that we can use to frame our analysis of COVID-19, focusing on critical theorizations of place.