A Commentary: Breathing Together Now

  • Timothy Choy University of California, Davis
Keywords: air, atmosphere, breath, conspiracy, methods


It is a challenging and important time to breathe together. A reflection on the timeliness and resonance of the thematic collection "Breathing Late Industrialism."

Author Biography

Timothy Choy, University of California, Davis

Tim Choy is an Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. His interests include ecological discourses and practices, emergent politics of air and breath, questions of form, and collaboration. He is the author of Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong, which won the Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science. 


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