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Zooming in on COVID

The Intimacies of Screens, Homes and Learning Hierarchies

Adam Roth, Niroshnee Ranjan, Grace King, Shamim Homayun, Rebecca Hendershott, and Simone Dennis

In this article, we consider the intimacies lent to learning and teaching via Zoom within the foundation course of social anthropology at the Australian National University. Zoom was the principal platform for delivery during the 2020 pandemic – a

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Learning to Dwell with Micro-Organisms

Corporeality, Relationality, Temporality

Lydia Maria Arantes

everyday life in lockdown, my diary holds a place for all kinds of seemingly banal things and doings, and as my husband had had no prior craft-hobby experience, I also started gathering his and our moments of learning, enthusiasm, joy and frustration. 1

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Practising Intimate Labour

Birth Doulas Respond during COVID-19

Angela N. Castañeda and Julie Johnson Searcy

bodies, feeling our bodies’ connection to the earth, that I'm just ‘over here’. We are in time and space together. I hold this connection to myself for the interaction. I am learning to speak directly to the camera during video calls, so that the clients

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Lockdown and the Global Disruption of Intimacies with Routine, Clock Time, and the Intensification of Time-Space Compression

Rebecca Irons

, M. ( 2020 ), ‘ Dying and Death in “Unprecedented” Times: The Role of Learning ’, University of Glasgow Blog , 26 May , . Munn , N

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Scientific Intimacy

The Changing Relationship with Medical Data at the Time of COVID-19 pandemic

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

) suggested ‘ten things that anthropologists can do to fight the West African Ebola epidemic’, learning how to count dead bodies was the first point on her list. It seems to be the nature of health crises to render numbers – those abstract objects – into the

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Alone Together

Intimacy and Semi-Mobility during Ho Chi Minh City's Lockdown

Van Minh Nguyen

aggravate their sense of stuckness and anxiety. Technology has played a crucial role in keeping economic and educational activities functional: remote working and distance learning temporarily turn the living room into an office and a classroom. At the same

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Visceral non-presence

Ethnography in the age of COVID

Jessica Brinkworth, Korinta Maldonado, Ellen Moodie, and Gilberto Rosas

, especially now, we yearn to be there – in places, with people. Some of us wish we could just remain ignorant of all these insidious shared particles we're suddenly learning so much about. We crave visceral presence. The real visceral drama might just be

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Pandemic Passages

An Anthropological Account of Life and Liminality during COVID-19

Genevieve Bell

last gathering, 13 of them, and wonder how many more emails and notifications there will be now. The news from Italy dominates our television screens in Australia, and the rate of infections is rising in a curve shape we are learning to recognise; it

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

an instance of utilising time wisely. The Internet had people waxing eloquent about the benefits of working from home. One of the dominant narratives was that of investing time in learning new skills. The culture of the WhatsApp messages that most

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Child Protection Social Work in COVID-19

Reflections on Home Visits and Digital Intimacy

Sarah Pink, Harry Ferguson, and Laura Kelly

social workers’ modes of learning and knowing through these intimacies are experienced and integrated into new practice. A Glimpse of New Digital Social Work Practice There was no existing template for shifting social work practice online in a