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Alex Haagaard

Founding Member, The Disabled List

Contributor, Platypus, The CASTAC Blog

About Alex

Alex is a queer, invisibly disabled independent scholar and designer. Their research interests include history and philosophy of medicine, philosophy of disability, crip technoscience, anarchist biohacking and invalid futures.



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Complicating Disability: On the Invisibilization of Chronic Illness throughout History

At the time of writing, the world is entering the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus is causing cases to surge in numerous countries, media and public health narratives have been dominated by speculation that the virus appears to cause less severe illness and fewer deaths, and that this is the natural trajectory of a pandemic nearing its end: a virus continues to mutate and gradually evolves to be more transmissible and less virulent, eventually becoming endemic and mundane. Much of the general public has taken up the rhetoric of public health agencies, which assert that we should be encouraged by the fact that severe illness and death from the virus almost exclusively occur in the unvaccinated and those with pre-existing conditions (Dickinson 2022; Mateus and Murray 2022; Ominous 2022). This is necropolitics: society has designated it acceptable for certain groups (read more...)