Viral Conjunctions

Viral Conjunctions is a virtual consortium for the development of interdisciplinary research on concurrent, interlocked crises. Initially launched to grapple with the eclipsing movements of authoritarian regimes and COVID-19, our transnational participants bring regional expertise and methodological innovations from the work of our members in Brazil, Korea, Pakistan, India, Canada, China, the UK, South Africa, Haiti, and the United States (among others), confounding spatial boundaries. 

We strive to enable inclusive, welcoming, reflexive, innovative, and lateral conversations. Our active members include academics, members of the non-profit sector, activists, independent researchers, data scientists, and everyday people committed to collaborative thought.

We produce scholarly writing and commentary, editorials, and other public-facing work to engage with a complex present and to reflect on the processes of forming and reforming knowledge. For more information about Viral Conjunctions, please contact the group conveners: Megha Sharma Sehdev (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University).

Our Members:

Hannah Askew is currently the Executive Director of Sierra Club British Columbia and formerly practiced law at the intersection of environmental and Indigenous rights.

Manuela Cordeiro has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and is a professor at the Anthropology Institute of the Universidade Federal de Roraima (UFRR) in Brazil.

Sojung Kim is a Ph.D. student from the Johns Hopkins Department of Anthropology whose research explores how state security apparatuses shape the textures of intimacy in the lives of North Korean migrant workers in South Korea.

Erica Lagalisse is the editor of Solidarity and Care During the Covid-19 Pandemic at The Sociological Review. For more information, visit

Sadaf Noor is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University.

Daniela Petti is a Ph.D. student in Social Anthropology at the National Museum and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She works on urban studies, state violence, the anthropology of economics, and urban social movements.

Camila Pierobon is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP/FAPESP). She analyzes everyday life among the working classes of the city of Rio de Janeiro.