Mayanthi Fernando is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also directs the Center for Cultural Studies. She is the author of The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism (Duke, 2014) and has published articles in a wide array of journals, including Public Culture; Method & Theory in the Study of Religion; American Ethnologist; Signs: Journal of Women & Culture; and HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. She has held residential fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, and is on the editorial board of The Immanent Frame.
I am struck by the resonance of this notion of asphyxiation, of debilitation as asphyxiation, which makes sense not just to think about debilitated populations in the United States and Palestine/Israel, but also other populations too, in spaces ruled, albeit in different ways, by the logics of neo-liberal capitalism and biopolitical security.
The Political Theology Network seeks proposals for its next series of essays on Critical Theory for Political Theology 2.0 from the fields of feminist theory, queer theory, decolonial studies, Black studies, or Indigenous studies.