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Fieldwork through the Zoomiverse

Sensing Uganda in a Time of Immobility

Richard Vokes and Gertrude Atukunda

’ many fieldwork visits to Uganda and, to a lesser extent, through Atukunda's research trips to Vokes’ home universities in (variously) the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. However, over time, the research engagement has also become

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A World of Touch in a No-Touch Pandemic

Living with Dementia in a Care Facility during COVID-19

Cristina Douglas

visits to Garden Views Care Home. But during my fieldwork, I developed a warm friendship with Jean despite her significant loss of memory and apparent loss of language. She has been living for a few years now with very advanced dementia at Garden Views

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

Rebecca Irons

latter is very much the case for Quechua farmers in the Peruvian Andes, with whom I carry out fieldwork, as it may have been for the South African Tswana before Dutch settler-colonialism. To be sure, clock time exists in the Andes, but this is not the

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‘It's Like Waking Up in the Library’

How an International Student Dorm in Copenhagen Became a Closed Circuit during COVID-19

Brian McGahey

spread of COVID-19 have dramatically altered the ways in which ethnographic fieldwork as understood in anthropology – that is, rooted in physical co-presence and intersubjectivity – can be carried out. In a recent article on this issue, Magdalena Góralska

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The Nuclear/Nuclear Family

Moralities of Intimacy under COVID-19

Petra Tjitske Kalshoven

Over the past three years, I have carried out fieldwork at and around the Sellafield nuclear facilities in North West England. I moved from Manchester, the headquarters of my university, to the remote town of Whitehaven in West Cumbria, ten miles

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

lockdown particularly, this time on families. Hannah McNeilly and Koreen M. Reece's article, based on fieldwork in Scotland, describes a situation of ‘inescapable proximity’ and ‘forced intimacies’ within locked down households. Their work resonates (and

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Nadeem Malik

I was on a research sabbatical in Pakistan during January–February and April–June 2020, which was a period that saw the significant spread of coronavirus in the country. Originally planning to do my ethnographic fieldwork on village governance in

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Experiencing Graduated Intimacies during Lockdown (Fengcheng)

A Reflexive and Comparative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Urban China

Junjie Chen

as in the national capital of Beijing. Drawing on this online fieldwork, I examine how local people's daily experiences of intimate practices during the lockdown were not only transformed profoundly by city governments’ omnipresent efforts at

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Alone Together

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

Van Minh Nguyen

fieldwork since the beginning of February 2020 – began on 1 April 2020 but with fewer restrictions than other parts of Vietnam and the world ( Earl 2020 ). Nationwide, most businesses providing services that were deemed non-essential were ordered to close

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Pandemic Passages

An Anthropological Account of Life and Liminality during COVID-19

Genevieve Bell

: Essays on Ethnographic Fieldwork ( Madison : University of Wisconsin Press ). Storrow , B. ( 2020 ), ‘ Why CO 2 Isn't Falling More during a Global Lockdown ’, Scientific American , 24 April , https