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Philipp Sarasin - abstract
Foreign Bodies/infections
 


Since 9-11, the Western imagination has again been occupied with the invasion of the alien more so than in a long while. The planes crashing into the WTC were followed by news of bioweapon attacks involving anthrax spores in letters. The world-wide anthrax panic this triggered must be analysed: what phantasms did this actualize? How is “the alien”, how are “barbarians” linked with impending infection? What do foreign bodies do when they invade us? And how did the twentieth century – the age of bacteriology – deal with them, for example when the purity of the national body was jeopardised? And, how can you combat microbes...?