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Pandemic Drones: Promises and Perils (March 2021)


When the novel coronavirus moved around the planet in early 2020, reconfiguring, slowing down, or halting everyday mobilities, another transport mode was mobilized: the pandemic drone. We highlight the increasing prominence of this aerial device by surveying international media coverage of pandemic drone use in the spring of 2020. To address a range of pandemic drone affordances and applications, we organize manifold cases under two broad categories: sensing and moving with the pandemic drone. Here we ask: what roles do, and could, drones play during the pandemic? Following the empirical examples and related mobilities research, we theorize the drone versus virus and the drone as virus. As such, the work identifies avenues for mobilities research into pandemic drones as a growing mobility domain. Moreover, in thinking through the pandemic drone, we demonstrate creative extensions of mobilities thinking that bridge biological and technological, as well as media and mobility frameworks when multiple public health and safety crises unfolded and intersected.

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Authors & Contributors
Phillips, Christopher J.
Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
Shrum, Wesley
Antony Palackal
Ana Pandal de la Peza
Abou Traore
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Journal of Global History
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
The MIT Press
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Public health
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Medicine and society
Mill, John Stuart
New Zealand
Great Britain
Sri Lanka
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
British Society for the History of Science
World Health Organization (WHO)

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