Issue Number Five: Ebola’s Ecologies

Edited by Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J. Collier and Christopher Kelty

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January 2015: This issue of Limn on “Ebola’s Ecologies” examines how the 2014 Ebola outbreak has put the norms, practices, and institutional logics of global health into question, and examines the new assemblages that are being forged in its wake. The contributions focus on various domains of thought and practice that have been implicated in the current outbreak, posing questions such as: What has been learned about the ambitions and the limits of humanitarian medical response? What insights are emerging concerning the contemporary organization of global health security? To what extent have new models of biotechnical innovation been established in the midst of the crisis?

Contributors: Lyle Fearnley, Ann H. Kelly, Nicholas B. King, Guillaume Lachenal, Andrew Lakoff, Theresa MacPhail, Frédéric Le Marcis and Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Alex Nading, Joanna Radin, and Peter Redfield.

Introduction: Ebola’s Ecologies

Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J. Collier and Christopher Kelty ask what the 2014 Ebola outbreak tells us about the history of pandemic preparedness and the blindspots of global health security today.

An Ebola Photo Essay

Frédéric Le Marcis and Vinh-Kim Nguyen document ebola’s ecologies in photos.

Ebola, 1995/2014

Nicholas B. King looks back at the dialectics of confidence and paranoia in the Ebola outbreaks of 1995 and 2014

Frozen By the Hot Zone

Joanna Radin explores the role of the “hot zone” in immobilizing people, blood and information

Ebola, Running Ahead

What does experimentation look like in the time of emergency? Ann H. Kelly explores the design of clinical trials amidst the ebola crisis.

The Disease that Emerged

Lyle Fearnley explores how global preparedness for emerging diseases left some places unprepared.

Ebola, Chimeras, and Unexpected Speculation

Alex Nading explains how brincidofovir’s path to the front lines of the Ebola crisis underscores the contingent, speculative, “chimeric” nature of contemporary global health.