Immunised Bodies and Logistifications Just in Time. Transformations through the Pandemic
Neoliberal prevention reached its limits with the Corona pandemic – no one was prepared. Isabell Lorey shows that lack of prevention is not an oversight: In the Covid 19 pandemic, behaviour and desires for a new capitalist phase are just being rehearsed in an enormous condensation and speed, which essentially depends on each*individual learning to deal with extreme unplannability and increasing uncertainty. Logistics and digitalization continue to drive the normalisation of extremely precarious just-in-time jobs. And in the home office, the entire person, including the social environment, is immunised and capitalised without at least redistributing care work. The immunising limitation of contacts corresponds with renationalizations not only in Europe. What fundamental social and economic transformations, based on old domination relations of immunisation, are taking place with the help of various desires for immunised bodies?
Human Shields as Human Screens
From phalanx-fighting, through the use of multiple distance weapons, to the development of airpower and drone warfare in the last century, the history of armed conflicts is one of increasing distance from which people are killed, but also one of increasing weaponization of the human body. Starting from World War I, innocent civilians who were used as human shields to protect military targets in violation of the laws of war were often defined as ‘human screens.’ The notion of human screen, I argue, is not merely a synonym for human shield. In fact, the human screen is not only a human weapon. As I show in this archaeological exploration, the process of transformation of the human body into a screen translates also into the development of a new media technology that both allows to modulate the use of lethal force and shape the perception and political meaning of violence in the battlefield.