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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

transformed – not always eroded or degraded, but sometimes adapted, sustained in new ways (especially via new communications technologies), and even enhanced. Touch and No-Touch Intimacy Shortly after the beginning of the pandemic, it became clear that

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Learning to Dwell with Micro-Organisms

Corporeality, Relationality, Temporality

Lydia Maria Arantes


In this article, I enquire in which ways the corona-induced lockdown in Austria has reshaped intimacy in our household by scrutinising my husband's sourdough bread-making journey. As physical distancing has thrown us back onto ourselves, my field of research is equivalent to that which is immediately available – our everyday life within the confines of domestic space, at times expanded via digital technologies. My elaborations are based on my (research) diary in which I usually conflate personal and research-related aspects of my everyday life. As, during lockdown, (entries on) bread-making and caring for sourdoughs came to play an important role, I became inspired to unfold issues of corporeality, relationality and temporality with regard to newly developing intimacies, interdependencies and modes of knowing.

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Ways of ‘Being With’

Caring for Dying Patients at the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Annelieke Driessen, Erica Borgstrom, and Simon Cohn

many instances, digital technology provided a novel means to establish and maintain relationships. Although palliative care staff working in the community were already used to having routine telephone check-ins with patients, the use of technology

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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

's intimate spaces, bodies and sensory, physical and emotional worlds, technologies and non-human companions ( Ferguson 2018 ). The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted these taken-for-granted practices and presented governments, social work leaders, managers and

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Scientific Intimacy

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

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

. Living by Numbers At the earliest stages of the pandemic, epidemiological data mediated an intimate relationship with the disease. Just as new technologies facilitate intimate relationships ( Attwood et al. 2017 ), epidemiological data now facilitated a

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Practising Intimate Labour

Birth Doulas Respond during COVID-19

Angela N. Castañeda and Julie Johnson Searcy

restricts doulas’ ability to offer in-person embodied care and so doulas have moved online ( Searcy and Castañeda 2020 ). One doula noted that technology was always a tool, ‘but now, it is the tool’. Doulas, grappling with working remotely, also unpack

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

anthropological practices in other ways. It takes forward anthropology's engagement with communications technologies in studying, as Richard Vokes and Gertrude Atukunda describe it in Volume 28, Issue 1, the ‘Zoomiverse’ to which so many of us have now become

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Haptic Mediations

Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19

Bob Simpson

revolution in the switch from physical interactions to ones that are mediated by information and communication technologies (ICTs). For example, a common refrain throughout the crisis has been ‘thank goodness for … FaceTime, WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype, Zoom

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Spatio-Temporal Translations

Practices of Intimacy under Absence

Erica Baffelli and Frederik Schröer

. The Presence of Absence Intimacy in long-distance relationships has to be sustained over periods of absence, with or without a pandemic. And new communication technologies have long become central to regular practices of intimacy in many such cases

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Alone Together

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

Van Minh Nguyen

is evident in video communication technologies, which have become an indispensable tool for the maintenance of social interactions while only conveying audio-visual information. However, even in real-life encounters, COVID-19 has established an