Articles by: Warwick Anderson

Author Biography:

Warwick Anderson is Janet Dora Hine Professor of Politics, Governance and Ethics at the University of Sydney and an honorary professor in the Centre for Health Equity (which he founded) in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. His books include The Cultivation of Whiteness (2002, 2006), Colonial Pathologies (2006), The Collectors of Lost Souls (2008), Intolerant Bodies (2014, with Ian R. Mackay) and Spectacles of Waste (2024). In 2023 he was awarded the John Desmond Bernal Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science, in recognition of lifetime achievement in science and technology studies.

The captivating whiteness of the humanities in Australia

The parameters of the ‘human’ in the humanities at the University of Melbourne were clearly defined and restricted in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

When the General Calls: Military Tactics Against COVID-19 in Australia

…the lesson of history that I'd so reluctantly distilled was, in effect, to organise the Australian vaccine rollout as if it were a practice of pacification and counterinsurgency. That is, to follow the style of colonial militarisation from which ‘ordinary’ public health had derived over a century ago...

Standing up Straighter against COVID-19?

The Morrison government plans to amend the Defence Act to make it easier to deploy the ADF domestically at times of national emergency.

Informit: Unmasked: Face-work in a pandemic

The enhanced cultural symbolism of the mask indicates that even in these times of social distancing we live in a world of social encounters fraught with meaning.

Unmasked: Face-work in a Pandemic

The vehemence of debates, especially in the United States, over whether to mask or unmask indicates that far more is at stake than simple infection control.

Informit: Confessions of a race traitor. [Racism and science are intimately bound up in Australia’s tropical history.]