The Coronavirus: Human, Social and Political Implications

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce the publication of The Coronavirus: Human, Social and Political Implications edited by James Miller (Palgrave Pivot 2020).

Arising from a conference organized by the Humanities Research Center and Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute, the book describes and analyzes the impact of COVID‐19 on the relationship between the United States and China in its human, social and political dimensions. It does so through the experience of faculty and students at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University, a US‐China joint venture university. It reveals the intimate stories of Chinese people trapped in quarantine, situating these stories in a longer historical perspective of plagues and disease prevention in China. It describes the impact of the virus on the racialized perceptions of Chinese‐Americans and Chinese students in America. Finally, it offers a preliminary assessment of the impact of the coronavirus on the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, and on US‐China relations. Featuring the work of artists, student journalists, historians, anthropologists and political scientists, this book presents a breadth of insights into the impact of COVID‐19.

James Miller is associate dean for interdisciplinary strategy, co‐director of the Humanities Research Center, and professor of humanities at Duke Kunshan University. He is the author or editor of six books including, most recently, China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future (Columbia University Press, 2017).

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Table of Contents

James Miller

Memoir and Reflection

Arresting COVID-19: Perspectives from a Sino-US Joint Venture University
Denis Simon

Memory, Storytelling and GIS Digital Archive: Introducing the COVID-19 Memory Archival Project
Benjamin L. Bacon, Weijing Xu

Separate Realities: Being Wuhanese and American Throughout COVID-19
Yuexuan Chen

Observations on Wuhan Residents’ Diaries
Yanping Ni

On the Epistemic Condition of Pandemic in a Globalized Present
Zairong Xiang

Context and Analysis

Historical Echoes
Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

Black and White Swans: Pandemics, Prognostications, and Preparedness
Carlos Rojas

The Information Politics of COVID-19 in China
Melanie Manion

The Political and Economic Consequences of COVID-19 for China
Andrew W. MacDonald