Living with and Learning From Bed Bugs

New York and New Forms of Interspecies Sociability

  • Jamie Berthe


This essay uses the subjective experience of a bed bug infestation as the starting point for thinking through the nature of parasitic relationships.  Calling on recent literatures in mulit- and inter-species ethnography, the author asks the following question: if, as Anna Tsing has argued, a new kind of science is being born, one whose key characteristic is “multispecies love,†can we, as individuals, and as social beings, learn to love bed bugs?

Keywords: Multispecies ethnography; bed bugs; interspecies sociability; parasites; multispecies love

Image: Billboard in NYC saying "Bed bugs SUCK!"
Apr 15, 2013
How to Cite
BERTHE, Jamie. Living with and Learning From Bed Bugs. Semiotic Review, [S.l.], n. 1, apr. 2013. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 july 2024.