This blog series on “New Histories of (In)Security in the Time of COVID-19” emerged out of series of conversations among concerned scholars at the University of Toronto. In 2020, Professor Max Mishler and several graduate students in the History Department convened working group on Security and Insecurity aimed at fostering dialogue and collaboration among historians whose research explores the ways in which security –– the political management of risk through, for example, police action, carceral apparatuses, and the construction of borders –– has been intimately tied to human insecurity or social vulnerability in specific historical contexts. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada quickly amplified these concerns and pushed us to take up more explicitly the contemporary political ramifications of our academic inquiries. This blog series, which draws on the critical insights of activists, curators, geographers, and criminologists as well as historians, is meant to be a preliminary sketch rather than an exhaustive study of (In)security in the time of COVID-19. We encourage you to respond to our posts and help us to broaden the conversation surrounding security and insecurity in Canada.
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